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Spice Kit

image_1Spice Kit – SoMa

Serves up Asian street food over at 405 Howard St. in the SOMA. They stick to a select few dishes like the Banh Mi (Vietnamese sandwich) and Ssam (Korean wrap). They have salads and three different sides to choose from, steamed pork buns, lotus chips, or ginger-peanut slaw. I didn’t order any sides during my visit to Spice Kit, but instead opted for a reliable Bahn mi to appease the hunger gods.

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It was your standard roasted pork bahn mi containing pickled carrots, daikon radish, cucumbers, jalapenos, the roasted pork, and cilantro, all inside a toasted baguette. When I got the sandwich, I noticed the cilantro was a little wilted. I’m sure it was a fluke, but I’ll have to go back just to be sure. Regardless, I more than happily scarfed it down. It was still a damn good sandwich for just 8 bucks. My coworkers enjoy going here, so I’ll probably have another experience with them in the future. If and when I do, I’ll be sure to update this post!

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Ki

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Ki – SoMa

Located at 540 Howard St. They’ve got pretty decent yelp reviews, which helped persuade my buddy who wasn’t sure if he wanted sushi. Me? I’m always in the mood for raw fish! So, when we walked in to grab a bite, we had no idea how nice the place was.

The indirect lighting of the bar, the weird fixtures hanging from the ceiling, and numerous types of artwork adorning the wall all made for a surreal experience. I thought it was a sure sign that I’d be paying too much for my food! I had to grit my teeth and bear with it, because I was starved.

 

We were seated after a couple minutes of waiting, which was entirely understandable considering they were hosting some sort of Better Home and Garden event (I would say party, but it was anything but). There weren’t any waiting chairs or stools. They may have all been in the banquet room, but I didn’t mind the absence of seating.

Somehow, I hadn’t noticed that the one menu I received was the black sheep. I had gotten stuck with the only menu that didn’t light up. What kind of restaurant has light up menus? It was unnecessary, but still kinda neat.
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I ordered the Arctic Char Avocado. Everyone else ordered a couple assorted rolls including the How Weird roll. This roll sounds disgusting from the description – Spicy albacore tuna, avocado, beets, and tempura bits topped with scallops, serrano peppers, and a sweet peanut sauce. I didn’t think it would be any good at all, but it turned out that it was my favorite roll!

The time passed quickly partly due to a bottle of sparkling sake, which I had never partaken in before. It was a little sweeter than other sake I have had before. Definitely something to try if you like sake.

Ki had once again ambushed me with something surprisingly tasty. I have to give the restaurant props for doing things a little differently. It was a little pricier than your average roll, but still not nearly as bad as I had imagined it would be. The location is nice, atmosphere awesome, and the food great!

 

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