Address: 184 O'Farrell at Powell, San Francisco
Date Visited: May 3, 2007
My mom introduced this place to me about a year ago. She works on Nob Hill so she has a lot of knowledge about Downtown. There are many locations around the City: one on 5th Street across from the Mint, and even another one on Geary. Where ever you go downtown, you’re bound to find one of these. Usually, however, I go to the one on O’Farrell, across the street from H&M, just because this was the one Momma brought me to.
I went there after school because, as we all know, I want something filling to get me through the rest of the day. So I took the short walk from Mission to the Union Square area. I went through the door and was, literally, IMMEDIATELY greeted by a waitress, brought to my seat, given a menu and a glass of ice water. When you dine alone, and if it’s busy, they’ll usual seat you at the counter with the stool seats. However, if it’s not so jumping, they will seat you at the usual tables.
When I’m here, I order one of two things: either the Fried Chicken over Fried Rice (which I had on this visit) or the Roast Duck over Steamed Rice. Both of them are reasonably priced at $7.25 each plate. I made my order and in about 5 minutes, I had my meal.
The chicken is boneless and then battered and fried. It is served over Thai fried rice, which has onions and egg. Slices of tomato and a sweet chili garlic sauce are served alongside, as well.
I love this dish because I love fried chicken, especially if there are no bones to pick out. The rice is nice and mild, and has a different flavor from the Chinese fried rice I have often. There is a condiment tray at each counter which has containers of chopped peanuts, chili oil, red chili flakes, fish sauce, but my favorite of them all is the pickled chili peppers. They cut up the small chilies in small rings and then put them in vinegar. I absolutely love sour and spicy vinegar with anything fried.
I would highly recommend this place because they have a wide array of Thai dishes, like the Pad Thai, Mee Krob, basil chicken, stir-fried flat noodles with beef, and noodle soups, among other things. I love rice, so I go for the rice plates, but I have also tried the crispy noodles with gravy, roast duck over steamed rice, and stir-fried noodles.
You can’t really miss this place because people are constantly moving in and out of the place. The walls are a light purple and the pretty (and I do mean PRETTY) waitresses wear polo shirts that match the wall coloring. I think you HAVE to be pretty to be a waitress here. =)
The service is quick, which I really like. And when you need your water refilled, they do it in a jippy. So if you are pressed for time, and you still do want a wholesome meal, try this place out because they’ll have you in and out so fast. They have an open kitchen so you get to see all the action behind the scenes. It’s fascinating. The location on 5th is open until 2 a.m. So, if you’re in the City in the wee hours of the night, you can still have a great meal.
This place is pretty, fast and delicious. So why NOT go? It’s great and one of my fave spots to eat when I’m Downtown.