O'Mai Cafe on Clement: Kobe beef banh mi, Vietnamese iced coffe in Mason jars -- and anatomically correct Bun bo Hue [San Francisco]
- soupçon Aug 30, 2014 09:00 AM
I've been avoiding this place as a bit too hipsterish and possibly dumbed down until reading Rachel Khong's review of the place pointing out they served a legitimate Bun bo Hue, blood cubes and all. I checked it out at lunchtime yesterday and it indeed came fully equipped, though I found the broth a little lacking in intensity (as did Rachel). (She also recommended the carpaccio, which isn't served at lunch.)
Interestingly, Rachel's review and online dinner menus mention Rocky Mountain oysters as an ingredient, whereas the lunch menu simply mentions "pizzle." There was definitely pizzle in mine, though there may have been a bit of both.
343 Clement St. (former Java Source space).
I had a really good vegetarian bun bo hue there, and an even better vegetarian banh mi. What made the banh mi so great was their home made vegetarian hot sauce (the 'regular' hot sace contains shrimp). I couldn't get enough of this sauce, both on the sandwich and added it to the soup. Had to ask for it, as they didn't bring it to the table (although I suggested they should have it on every table).