Japanese plate – DADS Kamayan Saisaki

Japanese plate - DADS Kamayan Saisaki
California roll, gyoza, salmon croquette, shrimp tempura, eggplant tempura, sweet potato tempura. Buffet
DADS Kamayan Saisaki, Manila PHILIPPINES

I wasn’t all that hungry after the Filipino plate, but I figured it was a buffet and I should eat my money’s worth (stupid American mentality!). Lol! The items on this plate weren’t as satisfying though. Tempura is not the best item to choose in a buffet because the batter gets either really soggy or rock hard after sitting out for a while. Maybe the Japanese section isn’t as popular in this restaurant because everything tasted a little dry and old to me. 😦

Miso soup - DADS Kamayan Saisaki
Miso soup.

Exploring the Intramuros.

Nola frites – Nola

Nola frites - Nola
Crispy fried russet and sweet potatoes, fried okra, zucchini sticks, cool ranch, spicy ketchup, bbq sauce. Happy hour $6
Nola, Palo Alto CA

When we saw that this was only six bucks on the menu, we assumed that it was gonna be a small sampler plate. OMG, this bowl was packed with food! I think my heart is constricting just remembering it. I was actually surprised at how well everything was fried though. Nothing was really greasy or limp, and everything tasted pretty good! Well done, Nola.

Lindley's varied lupine
Lindley’s varied lupine (Lupinus variicolor, Fabaceae), Pigeon Point.

Baked venison puff and sweet potato mushroom mei-si roll – Yauatcha

Baked venison puff and sweet potato mushroom mei-si roll - Yauatcha
Baked bun filled with venision. Deep fried sweet potato and mushroom covered in fine noodles. A Taste of Yauatcha menu £28.88 for 2 people
Yauatcha, London ENGLAND

This was probably our best London meal during this visit. We were on a tight budget so we didn’t go to any fancy restaurants this time around, but Yauatcha had a really good pre fixe for 2 people. It was a great way to taste a variety of their dim sum items without breaking the bank.

We received these two items first, and they were probably our favorites of the meal. The baked venison puff was SO delicious. The outer crust was warm and buttery, and the venison filling was so flavorful. The mei si roll was really fun to eat because of its crispy fried noodle shell. The sweet potato and mushroom filling was super tasty and I would have never thought to combine those two ingredients. NOMS!

Dipping sauces and pickled cucumbers - Yauatcha
Dipping sauces and pickled cucumbers. Complimentary

Elizabeth Tower with Big Ben

The Elizabeth Tower with Big Ben.

Fried chicken – Eureka Restaurant and Lounge

Fried chicken - Eureka Restaurant and Lounge
With garlic mashed potatoes, collard greens, sweet potato-black eyed pea relish, and black pepper gravy. $18
Eureka Restaurant & Lounge, San Francisco CA

Fried chicken - Eureka Restaurant and Lounge
Mmm, this was pretty tasty. The fried chicken was crispy on the outside and nice and juicy on the inside. I think the sweet potato relish wasn’t needed with the garlic mashed potatoes but I appreciated the different textures. I’m also glad that they served the gravy on the side because I would have eaten it all otherwise.

Bread and butter - Eureka Restaurant and Lounge
Bread and butter. Complimentary

Japanese omelet “tomago” – Chambers Eat + Drink

Japanese omelet tomago - Chambers Eat + Drink
House smoked chorizo, sweet potato, cana de oveja, scallions. $12
Chambers Eat and Drink, San Francisco CA

The individual components of this plates were great, but it wasn’t cohesive. The fried cana de oveja cheese was my favorite part of this dish, I just wish everything had come together successfully.

Young Banksia spikes
Young Banksia spikes (Proteaceae), West Field Road.

Uptown special – Gussie’s Chicken and Waffles

Uptown special - Gussie's Chicken and Waffles
One southern fried chicken breast and one sweet potato waffle served with sweet cream whipped butter and warm home made brown sugar syrup. $10.54
Gussie’s Chicken and Waffles, San Francisco CA

Hmm, this was such a disappoinment! The chicken was way overcooked and the waffle was limp and lifeless! The service was super slow so maybe this was just waiting under the heat lamp so long that it dried out more than it should have.

Overcooked chicken - Gussie's Chicken and Waffles
I could barely cut through some of the chicken pieces because it was SO overcooked! If there was any flavor in this chicken, I couldn’t taste any of it because it was hard as a rock.

Entrees – AQ Restaurant

Guinea hen - AQ Restaurant
Guinea Hen: sweet potato, cereals and salted persimmon butter. $26
AQ Restaurant, San Francisco CA

I’m sorry, but neither of these entrees were very memorable. There was a lot of stuff on each plate but it all lacked harmony and balance. The individual components were nicely prepared, but I wasn’t excited by any of it. Lame…

Duo of beef - AQ Restaurant
Duo of Beef: black garlic, broccoli with burnt ends and cheddar. $34

Angus beef burger – Cat Cora Kitchen

Angus beef burger - Cat Cora Kitchen
Served with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles on a fresh baked bun, with sweet potato fries. $14
Cat Cora Kitchen, San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

Angus beef burger - Cat Cora Kitchen
I ordered with burger cooked medium/medium-rare and you can see that it’s still a little pink in the middle and super juicy, noms! I will say that the patty could have used a little more seasoning, but it was very good. The sweet potato fries were nicely fried and delicious!

Iced tea - Cat Cora Kitchen

Iced tea. $2.95

Cheeseburger and sweet potato fries – Gott’s Roadside

Project 365: Day 38

Had a slow and lazy morning – perfect! Went down to the Ferry Building to get some food and peruse the Farmers’ Market. Ended up at Gott’s for a heavier-than-I-wanted-but-sinfully-delicious lunch. I hit the gym afterward and it felt good after eating burgers. Now doing laundry and general cleaning before meeting friends for drinks and dinner later. My life is SO difficult, lol!

Cheeseburger and sweet potato fries Gott's Roadside

Fresh ground Niman Ranch beef patty cooked medium well, a little pink inside when served with American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and a secret sauce on a toasted egg bun. $7.99
Chili spice-dusted sweet potato fires served with house-made ranch sauce. $3.99
Gott’s Roadside, San Francisco

This was SO good! The burger was tender and juicy and I love their secret sauce. It kinda tastes like a nicer version of Thousand Island. Some people don’t like egg buns because it has a propensity to soak up too much juice and get soggy, but I like them! I think the soak-age helps concentrate the flavors, lol! The sweet potato fries are thinner than most, but very crispy and flavorful. The house-made ranch is pretty delicious which is dangerous because I end up eating the whole thing!

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2010

Sweet potato fries – Farmerbrown

Sweet potato fries Farmerbrown

Deep fried sweet potato wedges dusted with cayenne salt, topped with chopped parsley and served with garlic aioli.  $5 for happy hour
Farmerbrown, San Francisco

This was my favorite snack of the night!  They were cooked perfectly (not greasy at all) and they came out hot and fluffy.  The aioli was a great accompaniment for the slightly sweet fries.  I could eat another plate of these right now!