If you thought Los Angeles was a tourist trap, wait until you see a lot of the other cities in California. With the cost of living here being so high, it is truly a wonder that anybody can afford to pay for such expensive food as well. Maybe they just look for the affordable places like I do, except I know which ones are the best. It’s one thing to serve affordable food, but it is another to have an amazing restaurant experience that doesn’t cost you too much. That’s where these three restaurants come in.
In my opinion, Asian fusion restaurants don’t get as much attention as they should. It could just be that the other ones in town are too expensive or poor quality, but The House really takes the cake in this genre. Does “genre” still apply when you’re talking about food? One misconception about Asian fusion is that it’s either Japanese or Chinese, which is absolutely not true. You can usually get both at a restaurant, and if you can’t then you should be able to. Especially when you’re right on the San Francisco waterfront. My favorite meal is the deep fried salmon roll, and my wife says that her favorite is the grilled sea bass with garlic ginger soy. I’m probably going to go out and get some after I finish writing this article
. The House has a very wide range of choices, and I actually had to ask for recommendations when first eating here. Fortunately for me, the staff is very knowledgeable of their menu. Not only can they remember what the last few people have ordered, but they also each have personal favorites of their own. I’m a regular at the house, so I know pretty much all of the staff and their names/favorite items. Any restaurant where you can become a regular and the staff will remember your name and favorite dishes is definitely a keeper.
When reading all of the great online reviews for The House, a lot of people said that this was the best restaurant for ahi tuna in the Bay Area. That’s a bold statement, and if it is true, then more power to them. I will always endorse a restaurant that looks out for its customers. None of the staff ever seem like they are having a bad day. Nobody appears stressed out at all, even on days when the restaurant gets extremely busy. And I would know if the staff acted differently, because I eat at The House almost weekly. In addition, the staff is really down to earth.
There’s nothing worse than a snobby restaurant where everyone holds their nose high in the air. Another thing that is really great about The House is the atmosphere. I’m not just talking about the decor, even though it is very good. Some restaurants play music way too loudly or the people inside are all shouting over each other, and this San Francisco restaurant is definitely not that way. I just always imagine my dad getting irritated and telling someone off because they are being too loud in a restaurant.
The final thing that I will commend The House for is the pricing they put on the dishes. It’s hard to thoroughly enjoy a restaurant when your budget limits how often you can eat there per week. Even if eating out every night is expensive, putting less strain on my finances is a priority for me. There has never been a time when I couldn’t afford to pay for all of my group, and I would like to keep it that way.
San Tung is another Asian restaurant, but it is not Asian fusion. This one specializes in chicken wings, but they are a lot better than any wing place or sports bar. This time, you will be eating in the Inner Sunset area of San Francisco. Most businesses will have some kind of gimmick in order to draw more attention to their business, but what if I told you that there was a business that used the quality of their service to draw in business?
If you’re like me, then the first thing you will notice upon entering is how clean San Tung is. Passing safety inspections is very important to a restaurant, and I cannot tell you how many I have seen shut down over something as simple as sanitation. It should just become instinctual, really. I used to work for a Bay Area hood cleaning company, so I have seen the works. Even if San Tung already has a hood cleaner, having a backup in case they fall through wouldn’t hurt.
Their website is http://bayareahoodcleaning.com/, so if San Tung’s management is reading this then check out their website. Wouldn’t hurt anybody. Another thing that really makes this San Francisco restaurant unique is the aesthetic. Sure, a lot of restaurants have to have some kind of theme that guides their look, but this restaurant is just attractive.
I always tell my wife that it would be the perfect location for a date night, but she says we eat here too much. Is that really a bad thing, though? You will find that the menu here is very diverse as well. Not just in the sense of different types of sauces for their chicken wings, but actual different styles of cuisine. All of these different little bits add up, and it has clearly worked after checking the amazing online reviews.
This last review should be rapid-fire, as you know my general thoughts about each restaurant. Nopa is a very classy restaurant, and they maintain all aspects of a high-end restaurant except the price. All of the staff is very respectful, and I always feel like some kind of important businessman whenever I visit. Service is very important to me, and now I pretty much expect all staff at restaurants to wipe down the table before they seat me.
If you asked what my favorite dish here is, I would have to say that it is the ricotta doughnut. I know that it’s not technically an entree, but if you order enough of them then it probably counts. If you’re ever near Lower Haight in San Francisco, drop by and say hi to me.
You can’t miss me, I’ll be the one scarfing down all of my food like it’s my last meal. Overall, Nopa really earns its spot as one of the top three restaurants in the Bay Area. This one came to mind first when I thought about writing these reviews, but I wanted to expose some other restaurants that could use the spotlight for a bit. Sorry, Nopa. You can’t have all of the customers. You can have all of the positive online reviews, though. Although it seems like you already do.