San Francisco has so many food options to choose from. I almost burnt out my battery from my phone on Urbanspoon and Yelp looking for somewhere to go to lunch at. I love going down by the Bay, so while I was walking down the Embarcadero I passed by this place just past the Alcatraz tour center. Initial reviews looked good, plus it was Asian cuisine and I NEVER get the chance to eat good Asian at home, so I rolled the dice today at Butterfly!
I liked the inside of the restaurant. It had a cool feel to it. They did have views of the S.F Bay, but they weren’t spectacular views with the restaurant kinda sandwiched in between piers. I spent my lunch staring out on to the water watching this crane pick up soot from the ocean floor and dumping it onto a barge. Maybe some native’s will expect better views, but myself coming from Salt Lake and used to the mountains everyday, I still loved it!
A 10-year-old Hyrum would have turned his nose up at the pre-meal snack, a small bowl of marinated edamame peas. Luckily I’ve trained my palette to enjoy more than just root bear and Kraft Mac & Cheese since that time. These things were fan-freaking-tastic. They came marinated in some house sauce and salted. I loved them!
You may be wondering right now, why is Inigo Montoya in the middle of this food review? Let me explain. You see, young Inigo Montoya as you may be aware really loved his father. Once upon a time, a six-fingered man hired Inigo’s father to make him a sword. It was a really, really, nice sword. A work of art if you will. When the six-fingered man only wanted to pay a fraction of what he had promised, Inigo’s father refused and was murdered by the six-fingered man because of it. Even Wesley, the Dread Pirate admired the sword, and proclaimed “I’ve never seen its equal.”
okay well anyways, the plate I ordered from Butterfly was the six-fingered man sword equivalent when it comes to Asian cuisine dishes. Yep. It was kinda awesome!
I was kinda nervous before I began eating these things. I mean, she explained that the lettuce was so I could create a wrap if I wanted to. But then there was this little haystack of noodles, and a small caldron of “Nuac Chom” sauce along with a small wooden spoon. I secretly wished that the girl from Karate Kid Part 2 was with me, so she could teach me how to properly eat this dish. You remember when she made that tea for Daniel in the movie, and she had a very particular way of preparing it? I digress…
The meatballs themselves, had so much flavor, I didn’t know what to do with myself. My waitress reassured me that there was no right or wrong way to eat them. Actually the only “wrong” way she said, was if I decided to touch or grab the hot skillet. So judging by those criteria, I think I did it right. This plate was fantastic! The “Nuac Chom” sauce, whatever the heck that is, was amazing. I ended up just dumping my noodles and sauce into my white staging bowl, and then used some lettuce pieces as the delivery mechanism of the meatballs to my mouth.
After all my prep work in finding an acceptable place to eat in San Francisco. I made the right choice!
Pros: Amazing food at reasonable prices.
Cons: There may be better bay views at other places if that is what you are looking for.