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