Short rib rice – Revel

Short rib rice - Revel
Egg yolk, sambal daikon, mustard green. $15
Revel, Seattle WA

Mmm, this was really tasty! The short ribs were tender and had a great delicious charred crust. I loved that they used coarse sea salt on the egg yolk and mustard greens for added texture and flavor, and the sambal daikon was yummy.

Shilshole Bay
Shilshole Bay.

Short rib hash – Hilltop 1892

Short rib hash - Hilltop 1892
Two eggs, roasted red pepper coulis, arugula. $13
Hilltop 1892, Novato CA

This dish was such a disappointment! I asked for my eggs to be cooked “a runny over-medium”. Another person also asked for their eggs to be runny. What I received was FRIED eggs! They weren’t even cooked over-hard – they were completely FRIED. The other guy also got rockhard fried eggs. I would have appreciated runny eggs with this dish because the short rib hash underneath was stringy and dried out. There really was no saving this dish. LAME!

Pink rock purslane flower
Pink rock purslane flower (Calandrinia spectabilis, Portulacaceae), Kentfield.

A disastrous dinner at Kitchen Story!

Three buddies - Kitchen Story
Three Buddies: grilled double sided short ribs, broccolini, kimchi rice, Asian. pear. $18
Kitchen Story, San Francisco CA

I REALLY wanted to like this place! I’ve been to 3 of the previous restaurants in this seemingly cursed location, and the mediocrity continues! 7×7 Magazine has this place on their list of date spots, which is great if you’re speed dating (more on that later).

Negatives:
– Even though they only had 2 reservations a 6pm, they couldn’t confirm my reservation. I had to point out my own name on their reservation list! Sad.

– There were only 3 tables occupied, but we were still seated at the most dreary, cave-like table possible. The people a few tables over were even using their cell phone lights to read the menu.

– Less than an hour into dinner, we ordered another round of wine and declined dessert. They QUICKLY brought our check, had us sign and took it away. This is normally fine, but they also set the 2-top table next to us for three people while the waiting parties breathed on top of us from the bar. I swear they must have pushed the other table closer to ours because the third menu was practically touching our table! Omg, we get the hint! We are no longer customers and should leave! That’s just wrong. That’s what I meant about speed dating above, this place seems to care more about volume than service. Even the table on the other side us felt it. I overheard them when they sat down, whispering that they needed to eat quickly because they were told that their table was reserved soon. Sheesh! If you can’t fit a party in for a decent dinner, please don’t seat them and rush them! We had a reservation and STILL felt rushed! Last time I checked, an hour isn’t a long seating for dinner.

Big hug - Kitchen Story
Big Hug: their famous Millionaire’s bacon wrapped bay U-10 scallop, grilled eggplant over spicy cilantro sauce, garlic egg noodle. $16

Omg, these garlic noodles were disgusting! They tasted like cardboard with dry rot – seriously. The scallops were overcooked and the bacon made an impenetrable coat around them. This was more like a “slap on the face” than a “big hug”.

Spicy Kobe rolls - Kitchen Story
Spicy Kobe Rolls: grilled Wagyu strips wrapped cucumber, mint, spicy limt beetroot sauce. $10

I know you can’t make anything out, but that’s probably for the better. These meat rolls were hard to chew, hard to handle, and poorly conceived.

Bread and butter - Kitchen Story
Bread and butter. Complimentary

Positives:
– The workers are really sweet when they’re not trying to kick you out of your table.

– The portions are decent.

– My Three Buddies short ribs weren’t overly salty.

I’ve heard that this place is better for brunch so I’ll give them another chance. Hopefully they won’t completely disappoint again.

BBQ mix plate – L&L Hawaiian Barbecue

BBQ mix plate - L&L Hawaiian Barbecue
BBQ beef, short ribs, and chicken with 2 scoops of rice and macaroni salad. $8.75
L&L Hawaiian Barbecue, Millbrae CA

BBQ mix plate - L&L Hawaiian Barbecue
I always crave this once in a while, and I’m always inevitably disappointed. My mouth starts to tingle from all the salt and fat and I’m left feeling bloated. So why do I torture myself? Who knows, but I keep going back. I do love their macaroni salad – it’s delicious!

BBQ mix plate - L&L Hawaiian Barbecue
March 18, 2015. $9.50
Alameda, CA.

Asian short rib tacos – Grand Lux Cafe

Asian short rib tacos - Grand Lux Cafe
Three mini corn tortillas filled with grilled marinated kogi-style short rib, house-made Korean kim chi and chili aioli. $5.95
Grand Lux Cafe, Las Vegas NV

These tacos were pretty tasty, but the tortillas were a little dry and had a weird texture. I will say that our server was super friendly and hilarious though so it made the dining experience enjoyable regardless of some of the food missteps!

Short rib gorditas – Lolo

Short rib gorditas - Lolo
Blue corn masa pockets filled with braised short ribs, roasted three chile sauce, avocado, and pickled onions. $12
Lolo, San Francisco CA

This was about the time during our meal when they still wanted to put more food down at our table, but there was absolutely no space! I don’t want to shove food down my throat just to make room, jerks – RUDE!

Oxalis crassipes 'Alba' (Oxalidaceae)

Oxalis crassipes ‘Alba’ (Oxalidaceae), 18th Street. Beautiful cascading oxalis with white flowers in The Castro.