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May 28, 2012 06:02 PM

SF Metreon -- your favorites?

I work nearby and realized that I've overlooked the revamped Metreon as a lunch option. The SF Metreon site mentions FreshRoll (Vietnamese), Inay (Filipino), and other options. What are your current favorite Metreon dishes? Thanks.

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  1. Neither FreshRoll or Inay are open yet, though FreshRoll looks very close to being ready. Of the ones that are open right now (only a handful inside the food court, and La Boulange outside), I opt for the seafood soft tofu soup at Sorabol.

    1. Bumping this thread up, since FreshRoll is now open! I went yesterday, and really liked it.

      I ordered the three fresh can choose what you want in each one, so I tried one tofu, one pork, and one chicken. I got the "standard" add ons (all complimentary) of cucumber, lettuce, cilantro, bean sprouts, and jalapeno...but then I also added basil and pickled veggies, and omitted the pineapple. The very friendly server had no problem dealing with these stand there as they make your rolls (like at the salad places where you build your own salad) and you can tell them what you want. They were wrapped quite nicely.

      For an extra $2.95, I made my meal a combo with a cup of pho chicken broth, and an iced tea (lychee jasmine).

      The rolls were very good. Tofu was the most boring, and I think chicken was the best. Dipping sauces are self-serve, and I particularly liked the peanut sauce...but it was nice to have 4 to choose from. I finished my fresh rolls, and then drank about 1/2 of the pho was fine, but pretty plain, and I think they'd be better off doing something with this broth (like serving full-fledged pho). Iced tea was a bit on the sweet side, and not very I think next time I'll just stick to the rolls.

      I wished that they had more filling options too, particularly more traditional Vietnamese wouldn't be too hard for them to make great nem nuong cuon, which would be quite exciting.

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      1. re: Dave MP

        Another thumbs up for Freshroll. Since it's not bordering YBG it is more of a locals' spot/no tourists. I like uplifting house music, but the volume was up a bit high for me . . . that's the only negative:
        my 5-year old liked the chicken and tofu rolls (!)
        my bowl with punchy garlic shrimp was superb
        get all 4 or 5 sauces if you're taking it to go
        my Swedish colleague declared his Bahn Mi to be the best sandwich he'd ever had.
        Great prices, sparkling fresh food, go : )

      2. I have been a few times since it opened. I agree with other posters: fresh, good variety, tasty. The downside: maddeningly slow lines because the roll-wrapping is laborious. The place ranks with Tartine as a process-engineering disaster. But worth it if you go early.

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        1. re: david kaplan

          I went around 1 PM on Thursday and was actually surprised to find hardly any line....though maybe I was just lucky! But I can imagine that if there are more than 15 people in front of you, it'd be too slow.