All Reviews by chaunceymo

  • Aziza 5800 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121 (415) 752-2222

    5 stars Posted on 02/04/2007 04:00pm

    Provided by Citysearch

    I have been to Aziza about a dozen times now, starting just after they opened and ending a couple days ago. There have been some changes, some good, some bad, but it is still without question my favorite overall restaurant in San Fran. The restaurant has gotten a little less formal and a little more expensive, the former probably to make it feel more accessible in such an unpretentious neighborhood, and the latter no doubt due to their continued popularity. They've also improved the overall quality of service, the layout, and put together one of the best cocktail bars in the city. Let me set something straight: it is still a great value. If the restaurant was downtown, they could charge 20% more and no one would bat an eye. For the quality of food you are getting the price is a great deal. Will your bill for two run over $100 if you order cocktails, appetizers, entrees, desserts and wine? Yes, but it will at most good restaurants in San Francisco, and unlike many places it is actually worth it here. The food ranges from very good to top notch. My least favorite dish ever was the fish in claypot, and I disliked that on personal preference due to the way it was seasoned, while others in my party enjoyed it. Most of their dishes, such as standouts like the lamb shank, couscous aziza, bastilla, and stewed rabbit, are simply phenomenal. They nail the traditional Moroccan mix of sweet and savory perfectly, the layered flavors of each dish being simple enough to please the least adventurous eater and complex enough to please the afficionado. Portions are not colossal, but certainly big enough to justify the prices, and I, even as a big eater, am generally near-full by dessert. The cocktails are brilliantly imaginative and delicious, and desserts change seasonally and are generally great. They tend to fill up on weekend evenings a week or so in advance, but I've never needed reservations on weekdays. If you live in or are visiting SF, be sure to try Aziza!
  • Chin Restaurant & Sushi Bar 4406 California St, San Francisco, CA 94118 (415) 668-0858

    5 stars Posted on 01/28/2007 04:00pm

    Provided by Citysearch

    Chin is one of those places that I'm always shocked to find half-empty when I get there. With so many incredibly mediocre, overrated sushi restaurants in the Richmond constantly packed, slightly out-of-the-way but fantastic Chin seems to get short-changed. Hopefully with enough glowing reviews they'll start getting the attention they deserve.\r \r Chin's interior is austere and understated and generally comfortable, although we've been there on cold nights and the interior has been a little too chilly for our taste. Service is extremely friendly and attentive, and the owner himself gets involved in making sure everyone is happy.\r \r The food is for the most part far from traditional sushi, and while their good variety of nigiri and sashimi are all well cut and fresh they aren't the reason we go there. From soups to small plates to sushi rolls to entrees, their dishes are all innovative, creative with flavors and ingredients, and most importantly delicious. \r \r Their small plates range from interesting takes on traditional japanese appetizers to totally new blends of Japanese and other cuisines, such as the warm chow fun-wrapped rolls. Their sushi rolls, while a bit pricey, are large, filling, and feature an incredible array of flavors and textures. Sauce isn't used nearly as heavily as other fusion sushi restaurants, instead used in small drizzles to accentuate already taste-packed rolls. They don't have a wide variety of entrees, but the ones they do have are all tremendous, so non-sushi eaters in your group will come away satisfied. Finally, they have a large variety of Japanese style ice cream for dessert.\r \r The main downsides of the restaurant are the expense, which while no worse than other fusion sushi restaurants in the city is still in the range of $25-$35 per person total, perhaps too prohibitive to eat there as frequently as we'd like to, and parking, which can be a nightmare (take a bus!). Overall, though, you can't go wrong with Chin.
  • Kitchen Kura 1525 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122 (415) 731-2054

    5 stars Posted on 01/28/2007 04:00pm

    Provided by Citysearch

    This adorable little restaurant serves up some extremely yummy, filling food. First off, though, abandon some of your preconceptions of Japanese food. No raw fish, no delicate, austere presentations, and no big bill. \r \r Meals are bento box style, with above average miso soup, a green salad, and rice, as well as two or three items of your choice. The food is largely battered and deep-fried, with different presentations of pork, chicken and fish in this style, all served with appropriate dipping sauces. There are some healthier alternatives in the sukiyaki, pickled vegetables, and white fish in broth. Everything I've had has been delicious, although I found the chicken teriyaki a underwhelming and the ""deep fried chicken sausage"", which as far as I can tell is in fact a breadcrumb-coated, deep-fried hot dog, a little strange. There are also standalone entrees, but the multi-item meals are so good I've never tried them.\r \r Both eating in and taking out are good options. Take out versions of the multi-item meals are smaller portions but several dollars cheaper, while eat in versions cost a little more (still in the neighborhood of $10 per person) and the portions are huge, easily enough for dinner plus lunch the following day. That's a steal for so little. Service at the restaurant is casual but very attentive and friendly.\r \r As good as Kitchen Kura is, it's definitely not for every day, or even every week, eating given how unhealthy it is. But for comfort food it's top notch, and perfect fare for a cold, rainy night.
  • Crepes On Cole 100 Carl St, San Francisco, CA 94117 (415) 664-1800

    1 stars Posted on 08/05/2006 05:00pm

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    I live nearby, and have been several times before I finally gave up on it. A couple times the food was tasty and not very expensive, and the service was fine and prompt. The last few times I went the food was poor: one time the crepe I ordered was massively overcooked, the other time the eggs I ordered were undercooked and inedible. \r \r The last straw was when I went and they totally botched our order. We were in a group of four, two got their orders immediately, the other two of us (who ordered similar items) didn't. We complained, the waitress glanced back into the kitchen and said ours would be right up. Ten minutes later there was still no sign, the waitress again claimed it would be right up. We asked to speak to the owner, who finally admitted that the order had never made it into the kitchen, and we had been blatantly lied to. He then made us wait another five minutes before he deigned to give us a refund, and refused to give a refund on the coffee that we had barely touched while waiting for the nonexistent food. Finally he made a big scene about how it wasn't his fault and tried to make us feel guilty for complaining.\r \r Any of the other restaurants in the area is a better choice. We had previously used this as a backup spot for brunch if Zazie was too busy, but never will again.