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Amber India Happy Hour

I met up with J in the city for happy hour. She was thinking about this one mexican place in the Yerba Buena Center, but on the way there, we passed by Amber India. The happy hour menu was enticing. We went to the mexican place anyway, but then were immediately annoyed by the loud and incessant music, so we went back to Amber. It couldn’t have been a better idea.

Amber is a very swanky indian restaurant, which is a small chain in the bay area. The one in SF is pretty huge. We hung out in the bar area, which is beyond colorful. They have a kick ass happy hour menu with cheap drinks and $5 apps. We both got the amber rose, a lovely little cocktail featuring pureed raspberries and pomegranate juice, along with booze, of course. It was lovely! And especially lovely at $5!

We also decided to try out some of the appetizers. The Bhel Puri is on the left. It is rice puffs tossed with onions, raw mango, chutneys, and topped with savory noodles. The Batata Vada is at the top. They are spiced potato dumplings encased in garam flour batter. They are served with two different chutneys, the green one being much spicier than the other. The Pani Puri are on the bottom right. These little beauties are wheat puffs filled with spicy mint and cumin water, potatoes, and chick peas. All of these were excellent, each with their own level of kick. It’s definitely indian food, so if you don’t like things like curry or cumin or flavors reminiscent of that, then stay away! But if you’re an indian food lover, then you’ll love all of these. Really, for $5 each, how can you go wrong? These are awesome prices anywhere, so in San Francisco it’s a downright steal!

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Lunch At Muracci’s

We spent the last vaca day roaming around downtown SF. It was a weekday, so I wanted to stop in a place that is typically for the salaryman. I definitely wanted to check out Muracci’s, which specializes in japanese style curry. I love me some japanese style curry. The place is teeny tiny, but they do have some stools and one little table for those choosing to dine in. But really, take-out is where it’s at. Pretty much the rest of the space is just the kitchen and the fridge. They do have some sushi and other deep-fried offerings (all the deep-fried stuff is made to order) but really, it’s about the curry here. They say that their curry sauce is simmered for 2 days. Ok, that sounds like a long time, but I hope it’s true. You can choose your level of spice – mild, medium, or hot. Japanese style curry is a dark tan/light brown color, with herbs and spices, and has no coconut milk in it whatsoever. So get the idea of indian and thai curries out of your head, as this is nothing like it. There’s no green, red, yellow curry. Japanese style curry is a style of its own and my curry of choice.

J got the veggie curry, which has big hunks of fried tofu, broccoli, carrots, and bell peppers. He got medium spice, and it was definitely a bit spicier than my mild. You can choose white or brown rice and we both went with brown.

I got the chicken curry and it comes with some chunks of tender chicken pieces. It had no veggies at all, which was slightly disappointing, but really, I didn’t care. My mild sauce was excellent, and it still did have a tiny bit of a kick. You get a good portion of rice and curry and it’s a good value. I could eat this all day, so if you’re into japanese curry, then you should definitely test this place out. All the curries are served with a little bit of pickled cabbage and pickled daikon. I like to get a little bit of everything in each bite. I want to try the soups, which have a curry-based broth and are served with udon or ramen noodles. Man, putting noodles and curry together… sounds like a dream!
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Sausage Sunday At Rosamunde’s

I love the plethora of specialty restaurants that SF has to offer. Amongst them is Rosamunde Sausage Grill, with two locations, in Haight and in the Mission. Like their name suggests, they do sausages… all different kinds of sausages. And that’s all they do. I always say find something you do well and stick with it. We went to the one in lower mission. It’s not that big. There’s a bar area with lots of brews. There are some communal tables, a couple of high tops, and then a couple of giant tree stumps. It’s pretty cool sitting your drinks on a humongous tree trunk.

They have a wide variety of sausages, meat filled and vegan. These are all grilled to order and served on grilled french rolls. You get to pick two free toppings – grilled onions, sweet peppers, hot peppers, beef chili, or sauerkraut. We ordered the two specials – the basque with pork and red pepper, and the lamb, both with grilled onions and sauerkraut. But for whatever reason, we ended up getting the basque and a duck sausage. But we didn’t care, we just ate them anyway.

These sausages are delicious. I’m not sure if I really tasted specifics about what was in the sausage, or if the duck sausage tasted at all like duck, but they sure do taste awesome. Even more so than the sausage itself, I think the best things about these sandwiches here are the bread and the grilled onions. The bread is amazingly fresh and grilled so that it has just enough crunch in certain spots. The onions are just amazingly good and sweet. If I was a vegan, I would have been happy just to eat one of these rolls filled with grilled onions. The sauerkraut was fine, and I liked that the cabbage was shredded extremely fine. I want to try them all. Seriously, I want to try all the sausages here, even the vegan ones.

It’s a put in your order, find a seat, pick up your food, get condiments of your choice, and bus your own dishes kind of place. They have a variety of condiments for your sausages as well, and you can load your dog up with whatever you like. We particularly enjoyed the curry ketchup. I can’t wait to go back. They also have some soups and salads and sides here, but really, it’s all about the sausages!
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