(San Fran Trip) The House – North Beach

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The house is a small restaurant in North Beach just east of Chinatown that serves Asian-American fusion cuisine. In actuality, the food is closer to Western cuisine than Asian cuisine. The ambiance as we walked in was casual and relaxed. It was dimly lit, but the decor was basic and not too refined. It felt like an average restaurant that just dimmed the lights to try and appear more upscale.

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Grilled Sea Bass with garlic ginger soy

Anyways, on to the important stuff – the food. I ordered the Grilled Sea Bass. The sea bass was very well done. It was cooked to perfection. It was moist, soft, and tender. There was a thin crust on the outside from being pan seared which was browned very well. The sea bass was accompanied with string beans which was a bit tough and chewy, but seasoned well. The ginger soy was a really good sauce that went well with the sea bass. I found that overuse of the sauce masked the flavour of the fish, so I only used it sparingly. Overall, I thought the sea bass was very good.

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Kurobuta Pork Chop with pomegranate currant sauce

Karen ordered the Pork Chop. Initially they asked us if we wanted medium rare or medium. Because of the high risk of trichinosis with eating raw pork, she ordered the pork medium well.  It was a pretty large pork chop making the dish a good sized portion. The pork chop was thick, juicy, and like the sea bass, it was done to perfection. The sauce was but sweet and savory. The sweetness came from the pomegranate currants, and the savory came from the richness of the drippings from the pork chop. The noodles that the pork chop came with were a bit of a let down. It was their attempt at fusing Chinese cuisine. The noodles were flavoured in this garlic soy sauce that just tasted like american-chinese fast food noodles. We were not impressed by that, but the pork chop made up plenty for that.

The house is a fusion restaurant that really is just a North American restaurant that uses one or two ingredients that are commonly seen in Asian dishes. However, the quality of the food is very far from typical. Their pork chop and sea bass were both very delicious dishes that used fresh ingredients and were excellently prepared. This justified the relatively higher price.

Service: 3.5/5
Food: 8.5/10
Atmosphere: Fusion, Casual,
Price: $30-50

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~ Thomas

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