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Melody Cafe, Modern Middle Eastern in Bernal Heights

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Been twice now to this new restaurant (plus was given a free pizza sample on opening day this summer) and think it is a significant addition to an already good stretch of Mission. Not sure exactly if this is supposed to be a faithful representation of a particular region...it's more bringing modern sensibilities/experimentation and the California fixation on fresh ingredients to Middle Eastern classics, with surprisingly good results. All the entrees and wraps come with sides.

So far I've tried:

Pine nut pulled chicken wrap - very good, extra points for using juicy dark meat

Lamb/beef shish kabob with hummus/saffron rice - nice and gamy, a little dry (may have been cooked beforehand) but still good

sides:

Radish/chickpea salad, really interesting, good peppery bite from the radishes in a hummus-like dip with a few whole chickpeas on top

Tomato-cucumber salad, not that distinguished but fine

Lemon/cucumber yogurt dip: this is excellent, tangy and refreshing with a generous amount of olive oil. Maybe the best thing I've tried so far.

Overall, I think this place nicely complements the earthier food offered by Old Jerusalem and Good Frikin' Chicken up the street.

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Old Jerusalem
2976 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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  1. I meant to post on this, although I was there a month ago when Pastores was closed for Irma's mid-afternoon break. They barely had a menu yet.

    I also had a very good chicken shish kabob with buttery rice and a nice side of cucumber salad. I was treated to a sweet pita/pancake with pistachio. Definitely worth checking out.

    It's on Mission & 30th, near ICHI and Angkor Borei.

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    Pastores Restaurant
    3486 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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    1. re: Windy

      We stopped by there Friday night right before they were closing. The guy there could not have been nicer about having to turn us away, and the menu looks small but solid.

      He recommended the breakfast especially, maybe as an enticement for us to come back the next morning, who knows.

      Every time I've passed this place it's been empty, so I'm glad it gets some love on this board. We will have to make a point to go soon (and report back).