Good Service + Asian Restaurant + Amazing Food?
Because honestly…. does that even exist??
Jk. I mean… there are a FEW worthy outliers.
“The House” in North Beach, San Francisco is one of them.
But I guess The House isn’t exactly one of those Asian spots with a golden dragon statue and bamboo plants everywhere. They’re more like a white- washed Asian fusion restaurant.
And to be honest, it’s one of the best fusion spots I’ve ever been to. Each of their dishes are unique in its own way, using a clever blend of western and eastern flavors.
PS: I just had the most amazing Asian garlic noodles and sea bass of my life. It’s THAT good. (<– more on that below).
Let’s start with the apps:
Maine crab cake with pickled ginger remoulade ($12)
Their take on the crab cake is awesome and beautifully presented (side: does it remind anyone of a volcano with lava coming out… or is it just me?). The outside of this volcano crab cake was perfectly crisped, while the inside remained moist and full of flavor. One you dig in, you’ll get chunky pieces of crab meat mixed with diced bell peppers. The sauce they use is creamy, tangy, and mixed with wasabi.
(If you’re sensitive to wasabi… then I’d avoid this dish.)
Ahi tuna tartare with roasted nori chips ($10)
Presentation of the ahi tuna tartare is on point. You get three large pieces of nori chips already stacked with ahi, all resting on top of each other. Laying at the very top is a shaved beet and fish eggs. This dish also had a hint of wasabi concealed throughout the sauces for that extra kick in flavor.
Grilled sea bass with garlic ginger soy ($27)
OMG this sea bass. I can’t even. It’s soooo good.
The texture of the fish is perfect: soft, moist and- oh so buttery. The outside is lightly crisped, while it melts in your mouth on the inside. (<– Like. Did I even chew?)
The sea bass is already well-seasoned, but I like to add the sweetened garlicy soy sauce for that extra flair.
Oh, and don’t even get me started on the noodles… it’s one of those things where you’re full and you want to stop eating. But. You can’t.
Kurobuta pork chop with pomegranate currant sauce ($25)
Their take on the kurobuta pork chop is nothing like I’ve ever tasted. The pork chop is cooked to perfection: super tender with a warm pink juicy center. It comes on a bed of mashed potatoes and a side of grilled asparagus. The pomegranate currant sauce gives it a sweet & tangy tone across each bite; the mashed potatoes evens out the sweetness of the sauce. If you like pork chops and you like sweet stuff…. then this is a MUST try.
Grilled ahi tuna (rare) with spicy mustard aioli ($23)
This is your typical ahi tuna dish. And sadly, nothing special to praise about. I would pass on this next time.
The restaurant is small with only a few tables (maybe 14-ish). So either go early or make a reservation… otherwise don’t bother showing up during peak hours. The ambiance is casual and relaxed, seating is a little tight, and service is quick and attentive.
Overall, The House makes for a great dinner date option for anyone who’s craving some delish Asian fusion cuisine.
Oh, and if you didn’t know already….GET THE SEA BASS.
You’ll thank me later.