New Upper Market/Mission Lunch Spot with Beef Cheek Sandwich, Homemade Soup, and Dessert
- pane Apr 27, 2012 12:59 PM
A friend tipped me to V-105, a new lunch spot that opened on Valencia Street just below Market--105 Valencia to be exact. It's in the same space that used to house Jackie's Vinoteca and the Wise Brothers pop-up, across from the U-Haul store.
The space is clean and bright, with lots of seating. You order at the counter from a menu of sandwiches, soups, sides and a few desserts. Sandwich options include a beef cheek sandwich with gruyere and piquillo peppers, moroccan lamb with salsa verde and cucumber, pork belly with pickled cabbage and pineapple compote, and chicken breast with preserved lemon.
I wasn't feeling sandwichy, and got a corn soup and a salad of pomelo, beets, avocado, cucumber and goat cheese. The corn soup, with a vegetable broth background, was clean and simple. Big lumps of lightly dressed beets, cheese, and avocado played well against the wheels of citrus in the salad.
The only thing I didn't like was the lemonade, which was made with mint, but a little too sweet for my palate--I prefer the natural tartness of lemons without much syrup added. I was too full to consider dessert--they had cookies on the counter and a fresh strawberry shortcake with sabayon on the menu.
Very warm, friendly service from the owner. I'm glad to have them in the neighborhood.
We grabbed lunch there today. Took our sandwiches to go, but as pane mentioned there is plenty of seating and the space is clean with lots of natural light. Friendly service. We ordered the beef cheeks lamb and turkey sandwiches and each was well seasoned and much more nuanced and flavorful than a typical deli sandwich. For example, the turkey was actual turkey meat which he carved when I ordered and was nicely juicy. The beef cheeks were meltingly tender and the kind of thing you might get at a nice restaurant on a bed of polenta. All came with a simply dressed arugula salad, which was a nice counterpoint to the richness of the sandwiches...this is not health food, even the turkey came topped with bacon and melted cheese. Certainly a nice surprise after the disappointing quality/price ratio at salumeria (though I guess they've since lowered their prices). Will definitely be back. This is our current favorite out of our neighborhood sandwich options (considering that this includes bi rite, tartine, Ike's and rhea's, it's pretty darn good).
I stopped in this morning and split the turkey sandwich with a friend. Not much more I can add to possum's description, but it was really top notch. I'll definitely go back; the woman at the counter was really kind and welcoming and it looked like they have free wifi. As I left she was describing their kouign amann to another customer and I wish I'd gotten one. I had a decaf Americano which was also great.
fyi, i'm pretty sure the kouign amann is not made in house, but rather sourced from one of the other standard purveyors (either starter bakery or belinda leong). on a side note, having just returned from brittany, kouign amann as presented in sf is pretty different from the original version and (astonishingly) less buttery and rich. the og version tastes more buttery than actual butter, if such a thing is possible and is pretty gooey with a sort of salted caramel glaze. too much for me, but my husband loved it.