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Two SoMa lunches: JapaCurry Truck and The Sentinel [San Francisco]

Dave MP Mar 7, 2012 11:17 PM

Tried both of these places for the first time this week, and I think they'll be lunch places I return to.

At the Sentinel, I had the coppa sandwich, which also has pumpkin seed pesto, fresh mozzarella, and butter lettuce. Overall, a nice sandwich - I liked the slightly-sweet, soft roll, and the portion of coppa was very generous. If anything, a little too much coppa! One of my DCs had the smoked trout sandwich, which looked good. Will probably try this next time.

At JapaCurry, I tried the chicken katsu with the mild curry. The texture of the rice was spot on, cooked just right. That was actually my favorite part! The chicken katsu was good too though, as was the slightly spicy curry sauce (served in a separate tupperware, which I liked). Line was somewhat long, but moved quickly. I wish there was a little side of veggie with this meal to add some color and vitamins, but I liked it overall.

Looking forward to finding more good lunches in my new work neighborhood!

Dave MP

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    chocolatetartguy Mar 8, 2012 03:46 PM

    Anyone know the name of or anything about the Korean food truck that parks at 8th and Brannan across from The Concourse on Fridays. I was looking for parking and the line was long so didn't really pay attention. It seemed to be popular.

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    1. re: chocolatetartguy
      mariacarmen Mar 8, 2012 11:12 PM

      is it Kung Fu Tacos? they used to park next to the shuttered Jeanty at Jacks for a long time, but I haven't heard anything about them in months. they were good.


      1. re: chocolatetartguy
        drewskiSF Mar 9, 2012 07:10 AM

        I've seen Seoul on Wheels there

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        hyperbowler Mar 8, 2012 08:26 AM

        This might be too far a walk for you, but check out HRD near South Park. They have delicious korean inspired sandwiches and burritos.

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          Dave MP Mar 8, 2012 09:26 AM

          Cool, that's actually not too far! Will definitely check this out and report back.

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            mariacarmen Mar 8, 2012 01:28 PM

            well, if you're on a korean kick.... http://www.snackanddeli.com/

            always a line out the door of this teensy little convenience closet-cum-korean-kitchen-joint

            yelp has pics: http://www.yelp.com/biz/johns-snack-a...

        2. mariacarmen Mar 7, 2012 11:30 PM

          You should also check out The GoldenWest in Trinity Alley, Leary's other take-out place (not SOMA, but not that far a walk either). and there is that similar "problem" there - they tend to put too much of whatever meat the sandwich sports - results in a slightly inelegant sandwich. but usually really, really tasty. i can vouch for that trout sandwich - not heavy-handed at all.

          haven't tried JapaCurry yet. thanks for this review, because I've only had japanese curry ever at Muracci's (which i love). http://www.muraccis.com/ again, not SOMA, and maybe a little too far for your lunchtime ventures.

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          1. re: mariacarmen
            Dave MP Mar 7, 2012 11:55 PM

            I was near Muracci's last week and *almost* ate there, and had been wanting Japanese curry ever since then. Glad to know it's good, will hopefully get to try it soon to see how the places compare!

            1. re: Dave MP
              pane Mar 8, 2012 07:07 PM

              Muracci's is good, and worth the walk up Kearney. There were a few places I really enjoyed while working downtown, and that was one of them.

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