Heaven’s Dog – San Francisco, CA

Les Mis was in town!!! Meep and I jumped on the tickets the moment I knew the show was in town. Meep watched it back in London over a decade, whilst I was not able to get tickets when I was in London about 5 years ago. This was my chance so I jumped on it.

Before the show, I had to look up places near the Orpheum Theatre for dinner. I picked Heaven’s Dog since it was about a 5 minute walk away and has great reviews. The restaurant had minimal signage and we almost missed it

It is not a very big place at all (at least not the dining area but there is a “lounge”)

Menu is a short one pager. The drinks menu had quite a variety – wines, beers and cocktails.

I love Riesling, so their white wine list was perfect for me!

Dessert menu

We ordered:

Shanghai Dumplings $10

Pork soup dumplings served with black vinegar and ginger

I was a tad disappointed at the look of the dumplings but taste wise it was not bad. Skin was a little too thick and gummy  but the seasoning of the pork was decent.

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Soy Braised Pork Belly $9

served in clam shell buns and scallions

The braised pork was deliciously seasoned – sweet and salty braising sauce with tender melt in your mouth pork. I did wish they had more pork in the buns. The bun was not very good – flat, tough and chewy. They should have just gone with the store bought frozen ones.

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Seared Scallops $19

w organic spinach and black bean sauce

The scallops looked beautiful but fell short. It was cooked weird because it the exterior was overcooked and tough with mushy undercooked centre. Surprisingly the spinach was excellent! Cooked so well and it was one of the best cooked spinach I have ever had. The black bean sauce was very subtle and not as pungent as I would have liked.

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Duck Fried Rice $14

Five spiced duck confit, pineapple, peppers and scallions

Pretty good fried rice, with decent amount of salty duck and sweet pineapple.  The rice was way undercooked and hard but it is not too bad since it is fried rice.

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Milk Chocolate Terrine $7

w banana-lime compote

I can’t describe this dessert. It tasted quite strange and doesn’t have any hint of asian flavours and not very good.

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Extras:
Coke $4
Leitz “Dragonstone” Riesling $9
Mr. Espresso $5

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Total Damage: $101 (including tax & tip)

Personal Rating: 3 out of 5 (good)

OK the food was not that amazing, I mean if I was looking for Chinese food that is cheap and good – this is not it. Don’t get me wrong, everything tasted fine or even really good… That said, I can’t justify the prices I paid for what I got when San Francisco is an Chinese food haven. Now that I got that out of my system.

Service was choppy, it started a little rough – our server was dismissive and distracted for the first 20 mins. He didn’t even care to give me a recommendation for a wine. But once we ordered our food, the dishes came out steadily and he seemed to be a little more on top of his game.

The food was not consistent. For the most part, the flavours were good but each dish had a misstep. The fried rice was quite tasty and the scallop dish wasn’t all bad. Dessert was a total miss.

It is definitely a great location, near the theaters and makes it super convenient before or after a show. The cocktails look amazing so I might have to come back and give those a shot.

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Heaven’s Dog

1148 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

(415) 863 6008

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