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Favorite SF Korean?

For me, the most important part is at the beginning when the bring you all the tiny plates with different small dishes of pickles and other items. Who do you think does that the best?

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  1. I love the sides (and entrees) at Han IL Kwan 19th Ave. and Balboa. They gladly refill any that you particularly like and want more of. It is a busy place, so everything is very fresh, which I realize is an oxymoron when one refers to fermented food.

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    1. re: saffrongold

      Second on HIK, best panchan I've had in SF.

    2. Not sure it is the best, but Brothers on Geary always sets out a good variety of sides (banchan).

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      Brothers 2 Restaurant
      4014 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

      1. To Hyang's variety of banchan is not the largest, but they usually have some unusual ones like fernbrake that are found at very few (if any) other places. The chef prepares most of them from vegetables from her own garden, some of which are rarely cultivated outside Korea.

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        To Hyang
        3815 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

        1. Don't want to come to Oakland? I've always felt that Sura has the most impressive spread of panchan - as many as 18 or 19 little dishes, including a tasty (and piping hot) steamed egg. It's my favorite all-purpose Korean restaurant in the Bay Area.

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          Sura
          4869 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

          1. Thanks folks, I don't know any of these places but I'm eager to give them a try. And, yes, Oak.land is okay as I work in the east bay, it just limits who I can dine with. :-)