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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED (415) Asian Restaurant & Lounge

415 Presidio Ave. (California St.) Send to Phone
Pan-Asian menu ranges from noodles to dumplings to sushi at this seductive Pacific Heights hangout.

Dinner nightly
Open late Thurs.-Sat.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED (415) Asian Restaurant & Lounge Restaurant Review

: The owners of Sydney’s made a smart move changing it into (415)---now executive chef John Beardsley can focus on his specialty, Pan-Asian cuisine. His menu includes everything from noodles and dumplings to curries, satays and skewers. Try the golden pineapple---fresh chunks of pineapple served with a lime and chili salt. Spicy ground lamb samosas come with wonderful date-vanilla chutney. Biting into the flaky triangles of pastry releases the steam, redolent with coriander. Beardsley’s five hour-braised beef short ribs were a hit at Sydney’s and he prepares his coconut braised version here---the greaseless meat falls off the bone and the chili glaze is just gooey and sweet enough, while citrus from the spiced Meyer lemons dissolves any residual gaminess from the tender Chinese-style crispy duck. (415) also boasts a sushi chef creative enough to compensate for the restaurant's kosher-compliance---while you won’t find unagi or ebi, you will find foie gras with tuna drizzled with a tangerine-galangal-teriyaki sauce and sparkling fresh fish. With black bamboo shades imported from China, high-backed booths and hand-painted tiger print ceramic floors surrounded by walls of silky orange Venetian plaster, the ambience is seductive and cool to match the crowd. The 70-plus bottle wine list ranges from light and fruity Riesling to robust Malbec.
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