Marinated sauteed shrimp, garlic, pisco, spicy tomato sauce with a touch of cream, grilled garlic toast. $14 Fresca, San Francisco CA
This dish was really tasty! The shrimp were well prepared and the tomato sauce was delicious. I was glad that they gave us more bread because the two dinky pieces was definitely not enough to sop up the yummy sauce. Noms!
Ceviche Mixto: catch of the day, calamari, shrimp, scallops, cilantro, onion, rocoto, lime juice.
Ceviche de Coco: ahi tuna, lime, coconut juice, rocoto, scallions, cashews, jicama, fresno chile.
Ceviche Pasion: salmon, passion fruit, red onion, yellow pepper, cilantro, purple corn.
Served with Peruvian bar snacks. $16 Fresca, San Francisco CA
I love getting the trio (or quarto) at Fresca because you get to try a variety of their ceviches and the price is great. This time around, I really liked the mixto. It’s the most traditional one, but I really just liked the flavors. I was surprised by the ceviche passion with it’s passion fruit dressing. It tasted pretty good!
Plantain chips. $5
I think it’s kinda lame that you have to pay for plantain chips. They should just give you less and make it complimentary.
Shrimp tempura roll topped with unagi, avocado, tobiko. $14 Wasabi Bistro, San Francisco CA
Dragon rolls served at most Japanese restaurants tend to be similar and they’re all pretty good. I mean it has fried things and salty things and plenty of different textures! It’s really a no-brainer as a crowd pleaser. This was a yummy version and a great size.
Fried pork cutlet with curry, vegetables and rice. With additional tempura side. $12 Wasabi Bistro, San Francisco CA
Japanese curries can be really rich and heavy, but this dish was nice and balanced. I liked the addition of the vegetables to help neutralize the richness of the curry sauce and fried pork. And you can’t say no to pickled daikons!
Shrimp tempura, topped with snow crab and walnut. $13 Wasabi Bistro, San Francisco CA
Ugh, I was not a fan of the abundant, goopy white sauce on top. It reminded me of condensed milk (among other things) and it tasted a little sweet too. It definitely turned me off. I tried a piece and left the rest for the table.
Mussels, clams, shrimp, dungeness crab, halibut, tomato-oregano broth, sourdough roll. $27 The Rotunda, San Francisco CA
This cioppino was good, but I was honestly surprised that it wasn’t better! I expected it to be AMAZING for almost thirty bucks. The ingredients were nice but I wasn’t blown away by the broth. It lack the all the flavor and depth that I was looking for. The mussels were also a little overdone.
The Fall Gem: Eagle Rare single barrel bourbon, St. Germain, pomegranate, fresh-pressed lemon, orange bitters, orange peel, rocks. $12
Fried spring roll, fried shrimp dumpling, shrimp and pork siomai, chicken siomai, japanese siomai, fried gyoza, and dumpling hakaw. 305 PHP
Mr. Choi Kitchen, Manila PHILIPPINES
This was decent. It was a good selection from their limited dim sum options at a great price. It’s not dim sum that you’re going to write home, but it gets the job done in terms of giving you different flavors/textures and filling you up. A lot of the pieces seemed dry to me though.
On house baked ciabatta, served with shoe string French fries. 650 PHP Cozina, Boracay PHILIPPINES
We actually weren’t very full towards the end of our dinner since the portions were really small for most items, so we ordered this final item. It tasted pretty good, but the ciabatta bread was a little chewy perhaps undercooked? I don’t think I’d go back to this place.