I've really enjoyed the take home cooking kits and the baked goods from the Out the Door in the Ferry Building. A couple weeks ago I had some of their regular items as take out, and they were pretty solid. And several years ago, I used to go to the one in the mall fairly regularly, and found it to generally be pretty reliable, good quality ingredients, decently prepared. So tonight, we needed a quick dinner, and were in the area, so we dropped into the Out the Door in Pacific Heights for dinner. I'd been there for brunch before and thought it was pretty good, but hadn't ever been in for dinner.
It wasn't an enjoyable experience. It was really cold inside. The chairs were hard and uncomfortable. The restaurant was so loud, even though there were only a handful of occupied tables. I don't know how they managed to have such horrible acoustics, I guess all of the swanky looking hard surfaces just really didn't absorb sound. We really couldn't hear each other talking, at all. The food was expensive, horribly seasoned, ridiculously skimpy in the proteins, and just not good. I won't be going back.
|Asparagus soup with dungeness crab, egg, chives, sesame. $7.|
The soup was lukewarm. My dining companion tried to look on the bright side of things saying that it was kinda nice to not need to blow on the soup. I thought it was definitely served too cold. It had exactly two chunks of crab in it, plus a few tiny shreds. Seriously lacking in the crab department. It had no flavor, besides salt. And salt it had plenty of. Way over-salted. Absolutely no asparagus flavor. I'm also not sure where the egg was, I guess mixed in? I didn't see nor taste it.
Would never order again, any generic can of soup would have been better than this.
|Dungeness crab, cellophane noodles, green onion, sesame oil. $20.|
|Hodo Soy Beanery yuba, fava leaves, black trumpet mushrooms, green garlic, glass noodles. $14.|