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Jun 18, 2013 06:42 PM

New Pal's at La Movida has Lao sausage sandwich [San Francisco]

Would someone please go, have one and post about it? Tablehopper says they plan to open June 24. I need to live vicariously : -). TIA.

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  1. Have you not had one on your visits? Or have you had one and wanted more?
    I'm really happy that they are getting more space. In the past I have brought the sadniwches home to eat, but some of them would be better eaten right away.

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    1. re: absc

      We went once to look in but had (alas) already eaten. Did not know they had Lao sausage!

      1. re: grayelf

        Haven't had the Lao sausage, but it has been making an appearance on the menu for at least three years now. In the past, the menu changed daily but who knows at the new space. . . just a warning that it might not always be available. You'll be happy to know that the Lao sausage is made by the folks at Oakland's Vientian Cafe.

        And yes, someone needs to try this one. We've been waiting a long time for a report.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          It's really from Vientian? Be still my heart! Maybe they'll be tweeting their menu and we can make the stars align for our next trip.

          1. re: grayelf

            Yes, Pal has been tweeting the daily menu.

            1. re: grayelf

              You'll be happy to hear that there seems to be an outbreak of Lao/Issan sausage for lunch. A photo of Issan sausage at Oakland's Hawkerfare.

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                Drooling... thanks for that... my Oakland to do list is growing.

              2. re: grayelf

                If it's from Vientian then it's definitely legit! That's my spot on Allendale man!

        2. Where is this place? There was no address on the menu at tablehopper.

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            1. re: absc

              My notes say that El Delfin was in that location. Is El Delfin gone?

              1. re: Malcolm Ruthven

                I know El Delfin is gone (alas, never got to try it before the owners retired) but didn't realize it was the same space.

                1. re: Malcolm Ruthven

                  here's the Tablehopper article on LaMovida / Pal's

                  it says the El Delfin owners retired and moved to Mexico


                  1. re: drewskiSF

                    And some more deets on LaMo (!) from Thrillist:

                    So cool that they managed to salvage some of El Delfin's murals and make them into tables...

            2. I recently signed up for Twitter on my phone (I know, I'm a trog) and I may have to bail to make the incessant long-distance torture stop: "Aunt Malai's deep-fried Lao sausage, cucumber-cilantro relish, wild arugula, soy-yuzu mayo" was today's special. Waaaaa. Did anyone try it?

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              1. re: grayelf

                I was within a block or two at lunchtime, but to be honest, I still haven't tried the sandwiches at Bar Tartine or the burger at Kronnenburger, and I'm not sure I want to pay that much for a sandwich when I can get two damn-near-perfect tacos from El Gallo Giro for three bucks. Maybe I can set up a micropayment system and have people like you finance my lunches and subsequent reports with their spare change...

                1. re: grayelf

                  passed on the Malai sammie, went with the poached albacore. everything was fresh, flavorful. albacore had strong tuna taste.
                  potato chips got soggy, the sammie leaked a bit (from the tomatos and argula.

                  overall, pretty tasty, imo, better than ike's, a better value. comparable to rhea's.

                  lots of seating and draft beers too.

                2. I just tried the Lao sandwich last week, after anticipating the reopening of Pal's and the deep fried sausage sandwich.
                  I was slightly dissapointed. The sausage itself was delicious, crispy, chewy, salty and flavorful. The bread seemed not to complement the sausage, though. It was a liitle too firm, with not enough "give". There were far too few pickled vegetables for me on the sandwich.
                  It was served with some red cabbage salad and homemade pickles, with the cabbage tasting almost undressed.
                  If my expectations had not been so high, I might have enjoyed this sandwich more.
                  My companion had the poached chicken sandwich, which she said was underseasoned and did not have enough dressing (I did not get a taste of this, unfortunately).
                  When I crave the Lao sausage again, I will probably just go to Vientian Cafe in Oakland instead.

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                  1. re: sfpizzalover

                    I like the pay-it-forward sandwich tasting idea, PR!

                    Thanks for the report, sfpl. I must admit, I've been wondering about the bread in this scenario. It seems like the perfect candidate for a banh mi baguette, no? No arguments about the sausage at Vientian -- I'd go there just for that and the nam khao. Still, I'd love to try the one at Pal's on our next trip. But that will mean figuring out how to set up another Twitter account on my US phone (aughhhh).

                  2. The Lao sausage sandwich made a reappearance today. As noted by others, the sausage itself is wonderful, very flavorful and pleasing textures. The Firebrand roll is chewy and dense, and looks like it was hollowed out partially. I really like the peppery bitterness of the arugula to contrast with the porky richness of the spicy sausage. The cilantro-cucumber relish seems more like plain shreds to me, not even salted enough to wilt. I found no problem with proportion of veggies but rather with maldistribution. It wasn't easy to get both green stuff and sausage in the same bite.