Monday, March 22, 2010
Far East Cafe
After a few rounds of drinks at Rickhouse, my friends needed to sober up and there’s nothing faster to soak up the alcohol than greasy Chinese food. The problem was that none of us were familiar with Chinatown. Stumbling around on an up hill, we got tired pretty fast and settled on Far East Café, which has been around since the 1920s so it can’t be that bad, right?
I was expecting the interior to be another dingy Chinese restaurant, but the decor was actually nice (for being Chinatown), and maybe a bit touristy... You can’t tell but there are individual smaller rooms on both sides that are perfect for your party of eight. It has a full bar but we didn’t need any more booze in our system.
My friends ordered steamed chicken with scallions, General Chou’s chicken, and Ma Po Tofu, while I ordered pot stickers. The steamed chicken with scallions is not a dish that I would order but it was actually ok. I must say served warm is much better than cold.
The General Chou’s chicken was good.
Ma Po Tofu is another dish that I wouldn’t have ordered, but I was happy that it wasn’t spicy.
The pot stickers were good—not overly greasy and the skin had the right thickness (not store bought).
The food did its job and it was fairly cheap –bill came out to $15 per person including tip and tax. The only negative is that they drained the fish tanks in the back on to the floor…so if you need to go to the bathroom wear your galoshes.
Address: 631 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone#: (415) 982-3245