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Bodega Bistro

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607 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94109
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(415) 921-1218
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Best

My junior high school locker partner from Luther Burbank Junior High back in the 60s and I have been here several times over the past couple years. We never get tired of it. In fa...

Worst

I used to eat at this restaurant all the time, the prices were great and the service was pretty good.

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Bodega Bistro 4/27/2006

There are many Vietnamese restaurants in SF, but the majority focus solely on pho and southern Vietnamese style cooking. Bodega Bistro is a step above your typical pho joint, decor and food wise, and has a few northern Vietnamese items on the menu that can't be found elsewhere. My favorite dish by far was Cha Ca Hanoi, one of the most famous dishes in Hanoi. It was exactly as I remembered the real thing when I visited the city a few months ago. Pieces of fish browned in butter and turmeric, cooked up with fresh dill, and served with all the fixings to make yourself a lettuce wrap. Delicious! They also have a nice version of papaya salad with bits of beef jerky mixed in and shaking beef with lemon pepper dipping sauce (wonderful). I'm be back again to try the squab and the ban xeo. more

A treat for your taste buds! 4/21/2005

Nestled in a neighborhood of pho shops on Larkin Street, one would never guess that such a extraordinary restaurant existed. It was by the referral of a friend that stumbled into this fusion French/Vietnamese cuisine restaurant. Immediately after walking in to the place, I was completely mesmorized by the plum colored decor and all the fancy wall adornments. But it wasn't only just the environment that captivated my attention. The food played a major roll as well. Some key dishes that I would highly recommend are: (1) The green papaya salad ($4.75). The super- thin strands of papaya tangled with herbs, peanuts, dried beef and a fish sauce-based dressing that the server mixes at the table. (2) The roasted squab ($10.95) The bird marinates overnight before a light lacquer of soy and sugar. After the coating dries, it's fried to a perfect bronze and crispness, giving way to succulently moist dark meat. An added bonus is dipping pieces of the squab in the small bowl of salt, pepper and lime at the table which brings out even more flavor. (3) The stuffed crab (Market price). Carefully removing all the meat from the crab shell, the chef mixes the meat with cheese and other flavorful ingredients. Then the entire crab is put in the oven and baked to perfection. Bodega Bistro also serves your usual Vietnamese pho noodles, but I don't think that's what most people go there to eat (unless you're one of those looking for a quick meal). And the best part about the whole experience is that the master chef Jimmie Kwok always finds the time to come out from the kitchen to greet his customers and ask for feedback and suggestions. This definitely one of the top places on my list and I would highly recommend it. more
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Editorial

  • In Short
    A quiet, detailed ambience is the hallmark of this intimate plum-hued eatery. The menu balances its two distinct influences (French and Vietnamese fare) with equal aplomb: A...

  • 12/14/2006 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Daily 11am - 3pm : Sun-Wed 5pm-9:30pm Thu-Sat 5pm-10pm
  • Payments:

    Visa, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Civic Center, Northeast

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