Shaking pepper beef – Mercury Lounge

Shaking pepper beef Mercury Lounge

Marinated beef ternderloin, wok seared with onions and peppers. Topped with fresh cilantro and served with a side of pickled carrots and radish(?). Part of Chef’s tasting menu. $25 per person
Mercury Lounge, San Francisco

I can live with this version of shaking beef. The beef was cut into large cubes, but it was tender enough for easy chewing. The flavor were good and the side of pickled veggies brightened up the heavier beef.

Fish and eggplant clay pot – Mercury Lounge

Fish and eggplant clay pot Mercury Lounge

Served in a red coconut curry broth. Part of Chef’s tasting menu. $25 per person
Mercury Lounge, San Francisco

The menu said this was supposed to be fish and tofu with vegetables, but it ended up just being fish and eggplants. They obviously didn’t have tofu that night. We were one of the first tables seated so I know they didn’t run out of it. The eggplant was way undercooked and I swear they used the same fried fish from the salt and pepper fish appetizer. Not a successful dish!

Crispy salt and pepper fish – Mercury Lounge

Crispy salt and pepper squid Mercury Lounge

Lightly battered fish served with chopped green onions and a creamy sambal dipping sauce. Part of Chef’s tasting menu. $25 per person
Mercury Lounge, San Francisco

This was my favorite dish of the night. The fish was nicely fried and not oily at all. The rice flour gave the fish strips a light texture and the sambal sauce was a great accompaniment!

Romaine Asian salad – Mercury Lounge

Romaine Asian salad Mercury Lounge

Romaine lettuce, carrots, cilantro with sesame soy vinaigrette. Part of Chef’s tasting menu. $25 per person
Mercury Lounge, San Francisco

Kind of plain and simple, but the sesame soy vinaigrette kept it light and fresh. Perhaps it was a little overdressed, too. There was definitely a lot of it!