{sf} viet fusion @ mau, part 2

September 17, 2017

I’ve been in Mau before. In fact, I really enjoy eating at Mau so sometimes on special occasions, I’ll have the chance to visit. The worst part abou Mau is the parking around the Mission (if you happen to be driving). The best part about it is the food! Recently I’ve found that I really enjoy tamarind so we decided to order the Tamarind Prawns. They accidentally brought us out the Gulf Prawns Claypot, too, though so that was an added bonus! Of course, the Chả Cả Lá Vọng was as delicious and refreshing as it always is with its turmeric catfish, dill, bean sprouts, cucumber, pickled veg, fresh herbs, peanuts, vermicelli, lettuce, and shrimp-paste sauce! Yum!

Gulf Prawns Claypot

Tamarind Prawns


Of course my sister and my food/drink adventures did not end at Virgil’s Sea Room. We then decided to go get some pizza and/or Indian food. Confused? It’s confusing. Also located on the edge of the Mission and Bernal Heights, there’s this interesting walk-in restaurant called Zante Pizza that serves Indian food, regular pizza, and Indian Pizza. Yes, I’m serious. They boast that their Indian Pizza has a naan-like crust as well as Indian toppings. We ordered “The Best Indian Pizza” with meat (lamb, chicken, and prawns). Clearly the lamb, chicken, and prawns were a bit lacking, but overall the flavor of this inspired pizza was quite food. If only the crust were even more naan-like though!


Pizza and/or Indian?!?

The Best Indian Pizza

My sister was in town recently and we met up for some margaritas at Virgil’s Sea Room. Located on the edge of the Mission an Bernal Heights, this local bar is popular though very low-key compared to its neighbors, which often have people streaming in and out. The very best thing about Virgil’s is that one Tuesdays, they offer $2 margaritas! We didn’t happen to be there on a Tuesday so we weren’t so lucky, but during regular happy hour all margaritas and mules are only $5 anyway.



I’ve apparently been spending a lot of my eating out times in the Mission lately. It’s just so easy to get to the Mission from my new apartment now (literally there’s a bus stop outside my window). My friend is visiting the states from Malaysia so we met up in the Mission and explored Mission Dolores Park for awhile before heading over to Valencia to find some eats. We ended up at Udapi Palace between 21st and 22nd streets. Udapi Palace serves south Indian dosas and uthappams. We both tried different dosas. His had spinach chutney and paneer while mine had spinach and spiced potatoes. I would say both turned out quite delicious. As someone from Malaysia who has grown up around many South Indians, my friend said that the dosa flavors seemed like authentic. Neat-o!

Giant dosa

I’ve been to Mission Dolores Park once before and was quite impressed with it since it had just reopened to the public after being closed off for about a year for renovation, etc. That day was a cloudy day so I think I didn’t really get the full effect of the park. This past Friday was absolutely beautiful, even if a bit too warm for my taste. Clearly everyone else in the City agreed that it was outdoor weather though because the lawn was filled with people on picnic blankets just hanging out. It’s as if Mission Dolores Park is the dictionary definition of “hanging out in San Francisco”.