Address: 829 Mission Street Between 4th and 5th, SF, CA 94013
Cuisine: Asian/American Fusion
Date Visited: April 19, 2007
This place is right across the street from my school by the 5th Street parking garage. I never really wanted to cross the street to get a bite to eat, but on this day, it was an exception. I really needed to find a place that was filling and cheap. I’m a broke and struggling college student, so getting more bangs for my buck is always a good thing.
So I went across the street and saw a place with menu items posted on the windows. The pictures were really quite impressive in their presentation: colorful backgrounds and high-quality images that made me salivate right there on the sidewalk.
I walked in to find a board with the lunch specials. I decided to get the chicken teriyaki. I went to the cashier and was amused by his character. He looked like an Indy rocker guy who would chill up at the Haight or at Berkeley. I told him I wanted the lunch special and he asked, “Which one?”
Oh…there’s more than one? Awesome. I asked him about the other ones, and he then proceeded to tell me about the prawns with eggs over rice (yummy) and the pizza with salad. I was going to get the chicken teriyaki, but the prawns sounded so GOOD. I got that instead. Now I wonder why it wasn’t on the menu. Hmmm…
The prawns and eggs ran me $6.50 and then another dollar or two for my bottled water. You get to choose your own seating at this place and they bring the food to you. I looked around and it’s really relaxing like a poetry bar. They do hold small performances there from time to time. There are small lit candles at each table which makes it kind of sexy. There is free WiFi connection, so bringing your laptop here is a smart thing. However, if you do not have a laptop, there are desktops readily available for your internet needs. There are couches in the corners, so this would be a great place to bring a friend or two to enjoy a talk over a cup of coffee or boba drink.
My waiter brought over my food. I don’t even want to call him a waiter because it’s so casual here. Anyway, he brought over my food and it was divine. A fluffy cloud of eggs scrambled with huge prawns and green onions, drizzled with oyster sauce, garnished with cilantro, all on top of a bed of white rice.
I know, I know, you can probably get this dish at an ordinary Chinese joint for 5 bucks, but I was desperate and hungry. However, I am glad I went here because they have other specialties like petite gateaux (small cakes), a coffee bar, tapioca drinks, salads and sandwiches. A little bit of everything.
The only con I have about this place is that the chairs scratch up against the concrete or stone floor and their harsh echoes ricochet off the walls of the place. So it gets pretty loud and a little annoying. But…Would I come here again? Yes. It’s so chill and so relaxing. Free WiFi is a bonus and the food ain’t that bad either.