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Mar 19, 2014 02:29 PM

Kuta Bistro in the Outer Mission -- Anyone been? [San Francisco]

I noticed this place the other day, since it's directly across the street from Maneelap Srimongkoun. Didn't get a chance to peak inside, but the website menu seems interesting. The 37 Yelp reviews are kind of all over the place. So has anyone on Chowhound been there?

Dave MP

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  1. That link led me to a "parked" website. But Kuta Bistro does have a Facebook page:

    6 Replies
    1. re: soupçon

      Hmm, strange. The link works for me when I click here:

      1. re: Dave MP

        The link is working now. Site may have been down, thanks.

        I recall when Eater SF heard of the plans for a place called "Kuta Bistro" and got excited because the name made it sound like a Javanese resto. Apparently "Kuta" means something like "fortress" in Tagalog.

        1. re: soupçon

          Actually Kuta is the trashy overdeveloped part of Bali (which, forgive the snideness, is probably the only part of Indonesia the Eater folks know anything about).

          1. re: bigwheel042

            True. I think the Eater article was in the context of Java Restaurant closing and the author was hoping Kuta Bistro would bring similar food. But the food at Kuta Bistro appears to be 100% Filipino.

            Either way you look at it seems an odd choice of names.

            1. re: soupçon

              It's possible the "Kuta" in Kuta Bistro is in some non-Tagalog Filipino language. It means "town" in Bahasa Indonesia/Bahasa Jawa, so perhaps Kuta Bistro means something closer to "hometown Bistro" or something in a Visayan or Mindanao language. Or perhaps there's a social connotation - the Spaniards at the top of Filipino society would have been in control of fortresses/castles for hundreds of years, so I could see a scenario in which "kuta" suggests that something is refined or upper-class.

              In any case I was just rolling my eyes at Eater likely hearing the word "Kuta" and automatically associating it with that one time they went to someone's Bali destination wedding.

              1. re: bigwheel042

                On the website, at the end of the video, the lady says Kuta means "a place where people gather."