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Shiso [San Francisco] - La Lengua Chronicles Part 24

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Date Dined: 10/19/12

I expected Shiso to be a pretty typical Americanized Japanese and Chinese restaurant, with a heavy focus on takeout, and after eating there, I'd say it met my expectations.

California Roll was made very quickly—rice was a bit dry and uneven, fillings were cold and mostly tasteless. Not special in any way.

Dragon Roll, meanwhile, was quite good. Freshly made shrimp tempura had a great crunch, the serving was big, and the overall attention to maki structure was much better. I could probably get equally good maki at dozens of other places, but it certainly wasn't bad.

Vegetable Udon wasn't bad either — lots of veggies in a simple broth, but the noodles had a nice bite.

Beef with black been sauce chow fun was sort of mediocre. It was a bit dryer than I like, and they used thin noodles (I prefer the really wide rice noodles for this). Lots of dark soy and a scattering of black beans and not much else flavorwise.

Prices are reasonable, and though I probably won't be rushing back, it was perfectly fine.

Shiso: http://www.shisosf.org
3452 Mission St. @ Cortland

La Lengua Chronicles: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/838611
Dave MP

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