Lentils, lamb and barramundi – Radio Africa & Kitchen

French green lentils - Radio Africa & Kitchen
French green lentils with spinach and goat cheese. Pre fixe menu
Radio Africa & Kitchen, San Francisco CA

After we saw this plated trio, we knew we were gonna be full! The items were all really different and very tasty. I thought that the column of French green lentils was creative and beautifully presented. The lamb prepared two ways was good, and the barramundi had a nice flavor. Everything was pretty heavy though so we had to pace ourselves. 🙂

Roasted leg of lamb - Radio Africa & Kitchen
Roasted leg of lamb with lamb shoulder alicha, snap peas and couscous.

Wild barramundi - Radio Africa & Kitchen
Wild barramundi with broccoli, wild rice, pomegranate and pistachios.

Vegetarian samusa soup – Burma Superstar

Vegetarian samusa soup - Burma Superstar
“Even though it’s vegetarian, this remains our most popular soup for both meat eaters and vegetarians alike. Made with samusas, broken up falafels, lentils, cabbage, and onion.” Medium $11.75
Burma Superstar, San Francisco CA

Vegetarian samusa soup - Burma Superstar
This soup was delicious and I loved all the different textures in it! The samusas were good, but I really liked the crunchy bits of falafel in the soup. The broth was super flavorful so I could eat this all day!

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Ginger lemonade - Burma Superstar

Fresh squeezed ginger lemonade. $3.50

Lentil and asparagus soup – The Stockpot

Lentil and asparagus soup - The Stockpot
Set menu £8.20
The Stockpot, London ENGLAND

We wanted to try this no frills eatery located across the street from our hotel. The dining room was basic and cozy, and our waiter was very outgoing and confident. The menu was really eclectic and all over the place so it was a bit hard to decide on anything. I’m always wary of restaurants with large menus filled with random items because I feel like they won’t cook any of the dishes REALLY well. In this case of The Stockpot, I was right. All the food we tried was marginal. This soup looked unappetizing and was really bland.

Cuvee Jean Paul house red wine - The Stockpot

Cuvee Jean Paul house red wine. Half bottle £7.50
At least the wine was really affordable!

Soho Square
Soho Square. This is such a cute park and a perfect location to picnic with friends. We met up with an old SF friend who lives in London now, and along with a group of his friends, partied with too many bottles of champagne at this park. It was a blast from what I can remember, lol!

Wood grilled scallops – Bar Jules

Wood grilled scallops - Bar Jules
With braised lentils and breadcrumbs. $17
Bar Jules, San Francisco CA

This was definitely more of a Fall dish and not a Summer one when we had it in late July. When we ordered it, I somehow imagined something a little lighter that was seasonally appropriate. The flavors were deep and earthy, and the scallops were cooked well and had beautiful sear marks. The dish tasted fine, but it was not what we were hoping for.

Chicken tikka masala & lamb curry thali plate – Kasa Indian Eatery

Chicken tikka masala & lamb curry thali plate - Kasa Indian Eatery
Char-grilled and marinated naturally-raised chicken in a spicy, creamy tomato sauce. Saucy grass-fed lamb and potatoes. A homestyle Indian platter with one or two of the dishes listed below, roti (handmade bread), slow-simmered daal (lentils), rice, veggie salad, chutneys and raita (yogurt). $11.95
Kasa Indian Eatery, San Francisco CA

Every once in a while, I crave Indian food from Kasa. I’ve been getting the thali plates recently instead of the roti rolls probably because I’m a pig, lol! I think the chicken tikka masala and lamb curry is my favorite combination because they’re both saucy and perfect for mixing and dipping.

Chicken tikka masala & lamb curry thali plate - Kasa Indian Eatery
March 29, 2014.

Chicken tikka masala & lamb curry thali plate - Kasa Indian Eatery
June 24, 2015. $13.95

White orchid flowers
White orchid flowers (Orchidaceae), Buena Vista.

Kassem’s Plate with chicken – Ali Baba

Kassem's Plate with chicken - Ali Baba
Chicken shawerma with pickled onions and parsley, served with rice and choice of salad. $10.35
Ali Baba, South San Francisco CA

The chicken in this dish was dry, which was an unfortunate theme. I really liked the rice though! It had lentils in it which gave it a great texture. A pretty good value if that’s what you’re looking for.

Yogurt cucumber salatat - Ali Baba
Yogurt cucumber salatat (diced cucumber salad with yogurt and mint). This was pretty tasty, but maybe a little too yogurt-y. It did help balance out the dry chicken though.

Ali Baba street sign

Ali Baba street sign. This is definitely a destination restaurant since there’s not much around it.

Panda "bear" sidewalk stencil
Panda “bear” sidewalk stencil, San Francisco Bay Trail. Aw, isn’t he cute?!

Turkey kebabs & chicken tikka masala thali plate – Kasa Indian Eatery

Turkey kebabs & chicken tikka masala thali plate - Kasa Indian Eatery
Char-grilled, minced naturally-raised turkey with garlic, herbs and spices. Char-grilled and marinated naturally-raised chicken in a spicy, creamy tomato sauce. A homestyle Indian platter with one or two of the dishes listed below, roti (handmade bread), slow-simmered daal (lentils), rice, veggie salad, chutneys and raita (yogurt). $10.95
Kasa Indian Eatery, San Francisco CA

This was the first time I tried the turkey kebabs. They were pretty good with a nice flavor. I generally like my Indian food saucy, especially on a thali plate so of course I’m partially to their chicken tikka masala!

Women's Building, 18th Street

Women’s Building, 18th Street. This building has artwork on all sides so it’s pretty cool!

Chicken tikka & lamb curry thali plate – Kasa Indian Eatery

Chicken tikka & lamb curry thali plate - Kasa Indian Eatery
Char-grilled and marinated naturally-raised chicken. Saucy grass-fed lamb and potatoes. A homestyle Indian platter with one or two of the dishes listed below, roti (handmade bread), slow-simmered daal (lentils), rice, veggie salad, chutneys and raita (yogurt). $10.95
Kasa Indian Eatery, San Francisco CA

Mmm, I love the thali plate at Kasa! You get so much delicious food for a great price. Everything has a lot of flavor and the spicy great sauce is amazing.

Big Brother is watching you artwork, Market Street
Big Brother is watching you artwork, Market Street. I like that they decorated the construction pathway along this section. I don’t think Hollywood Billiards has ever been open since I’ve lived in this city.

Lamb keema omelet – Dosa

Project 365: Day 118

Wow, morning traffic in London is crazy! It took us a while to get to London Heathrow Airport with D driving. It seemed like got on 10 different highways and all of them crammed with cars. I was super tired so I kept falling in and out of sleep.

The direct flight back to San Francisco wasn’t too bad although Hubbs and I were in different rows. He sat directly in front of me. I had this annoying Russian girl beside me and a pleasant older couple on the other side. I ended up watching 3 movies and trying to nap a little bit.

Now I’m back in my sunny apartment and SO excited to be sleeping in my own bed tonight. I have to head into work tomorrow but that doesn’t seem to bad right now. David and I are having a Cinco de Sonoma weekend so I’ve got something to look forward to, yay!

Lamb keema omelet Dosa
South India omelet filled with minced lamb, peas and diced potatoes. Served with coconut and tomato chutney, sambar (a lentil dipping soup made with vegetables and spices), masala (a traditional filling of spiced mashed potatoes), and salad. $12
Dosa, San Francisco CA

I came here alone for brunch and totally over-ordered. I had this and a paper masala dosa – way too much food! This omelet was really good though! It had a soft texture and the filling was absolutely delicious. I also love all the extra sauces and toppings.

The Mint Karaoke Lounge, Market Street
The Mint Karaoke Lounge, Market Street. I love this karaoke bar! I’m not a big singer – CORRECTION: I love to sing but don’t have the most melodious voice (hehe). This is a great place to start or end an evening out with a group of friends. Beware of the professional karaoke folk, but I guess you’ll find some at every karaoke joint.

Cascade Mountain arctic char – RN74

Cascade Mountain arctic char RN74

With sauteed pork belly, French green lentils, brussels sprouts, parsnip veloute. New Year four-course tasting menu $80
RN74, San Francisco

I think this was my least favorite dish of the evening. The arctic char was fine, I just forgot out oily of a fish it is. Also the pork belly was ALL fat, I expected it to have some meet on it. Oily fish plus a cube of pork fat really didn’t work for me. The other components were pretty good. I loved the lentils and the veggies were also tasty.

Paper masala dosa – Dosa

Project 365: Day 32

It’s Super Bowl Sunday and I’m not feeling so hot from last night. Drank too much with Codes and friends. Just putzed around at home all morning, then dropped Codes off at Luna Park for brunch. I wasn’t up for socializing so I went to grab some Indian food at Dosa then some ice cream at Xanath. Will probably head out to the Castro later to meet up with friends again.

Paper masala dosa Dosa

A thin and crispy variation of their savory rice and lentil crepe (dosa), served with coconut and tomato chutneys and sambar, a lentil dipping soup made with vegetables and spices. Masala is a traditional filling of spiced mashed potatoes. $11
Dosa, San Francisco

This thing was HUGE! I was really surprised. And it tasted really good. The sambar was my favorite dipping sauce. I ordered this and an brunchy egg dish and it was WAY too much food. The paper dosa was really fun to eat. I just broke off little pieces, dipped it in the sambar then added chutney and masala. The perfect bites.

Paper masala dosa Dosa

I’m glad that they serve it with a large bowl of the sambar, noms!

Paper masala dosa Dosa

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