Koh Samui & The Monkey
415 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94107
The initial impression seemed very promising. The wait staff was nice and we were promptly seated. They had a ton of choices on their menu and my partner and I decide to order a bunch of appetizers. I think that's where we went wrong. Everything on the menu seem interesting until you actually got the food and tasted it. Talk about disappointment. The seafood soup was hot but it didn't have any flavor. They had some nice seafood in there: shrimp, squid, and two tiny crab claws but it wasn't worth it. The chicken satay came out nicely on the skewers but tasted a bit chewy. The beef appetizer was the real surprise. It turned out to be simply dressed-up beef jerky, with two small scoops of sticky rice. I'm not kidding you here. It's literally beef jerky with Sriracha hot sauce for dipping. We ordered a few other dishes but nothing stood out as great or close to good. For a mid-tier restaurant, it was disappointing. There are plenty of Thai restaurants out there that have better food and I'll be bringing my business there.