Drawing inspiration and flavors from Chinese cuisine, Uncle Chen Restaurant's chefs dedicate themselves to crafting a menu accessible to virtually any palate or diet. Crispy duck, shredded pork, and tender beef highlight a fair portion of the menu, but the pages also include more than 28 vegetarian-friendly entrees with tofu, vegetables, or housemade rice noodles in the same selection of aromatic sauces. Many of the meals incorporate onion, ginger, or mushrooms for their distinctive and savory flavors, but the chefs can also forge entrees with fiery doses of chili peppers.
The dining room embraces a calm, understated atmosphere with its neutral tones and framed pieces of parchment with Chinese characters. Wall stencils of budding tree branches add a naturalistic touch to the serene ambiance, and a handful of verdant plants provides the restaurant with a hyper-local supply of homemade oxygen.
Throughout their capacious menu, New Kapadokia’s chefs recreate the flavor-filled cuisine of Turkey, marinating meats and stacking kebabs with a medley of sweet and spicy seasonings. Dining begins with a tableside presentation of appetizers, which tempts the senses with bright colors, savory smells, and promises of immeasurable wealth. Follow pre-platter bites with signature dishes, such as the succulent lamb chops ($22), which emerge from a 48-hour soak in a marinade pool of garlic and herbs to recline on a bed of rice. Lunch options range from pita-wrapped sandwiches ($7.95) to traditional kebabs ($9.95+). In the sarma beyti kebab ($9.95 for lunch, $17 for dinner), a grilled slice of lavash bread embraces spicy ground beef before homemade tomato sauce and a dollop of garlic yogurt flood the platter, washing away ravenous hunger and esophageal graffiti. Sweet finishes such as flaky baklava ($5.95 for lunch, $6 for dinner) rinse down with invigorating turkish coffee ($2.25).
A mélange of glowing press surrounds Source's vegan and vegetarian menu, which chefs craft with compassion for all life forms amid purified air and shimmering light shows. The eatery feeds the senses and uplifts down-on-their-luck rainbows with waterfall sounds and soothing ambient music. An enormous stone dragon's head draws attention to brick-oven-fired pizzas cloaked adventurously in house-made mozzarella, truffle oil, and guacamole. As cool waves of filtered air carry snippets of happy chatter, ionically filtered water serves as a building block for organic veggie burgers, raw salads, and sandwiches on freshly baked bread. Raw agave nectar leaps into beverages to kick sugar to the curb and allow patrons to enjoy natural sweetness without stealing beekeepers' thermoses. A tent over the outdoor patio admits sun on warm days and releases sated sighs to soar up into the sky.
Maharani, named for the Sanskrit word for "empress," brings authentic Indian cuisine to San Francisco with a menu of savory selections from the subcontinent. Begin your Bollywood banquet with a side of garlic naan ($2.50), a traditional Indian bread, topped with garlic and cilantro to get palates prepared for Maharani's most popular dish—chicken tikka masala ($14.75), which is first covered in a fire-safe blanket of spices and then fire-roasted. Spare poultry and spear sheep with the seekh kebab ($13.95), featuring skewered minced lamb bedecked in herbs and spices, or avoid carnivorous desires altogether with the saag paneer ($8.95), offering spinach cooked in a blend of herbs and spices that pleases the biceps of sailor men everywhere. Maharani diners can wash down their dinners with a selection of wine and beer as thirst quenching as the world's largest democracy.
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Its name translating to "fountain of delight," Ananda Fuara provides eaters of all dietary proclivities with an effervescent wellspring of vegetarian and vegan cuisine. The menu focuses on fresh, natural, and organic ingredients combined in delicious dishes brimming with the flavors of India, the Mediterranean, and the Americas. For lunch, choose from a list of one-plate specials such as the neatloaf, conjured from grains, eggs, ricotta, tofu, and spices and served with soup or salad ($7.25; vegan upon request). The soy turkey, avocado, and cheese wrap is served on a whole-wheat tortilla and beribboned with mayo made from tofu ($8.45) rather than the eggs of endangered howler monkeys. Come eventide, feast on toothsome ravioli stuffed with roasted squash, red peppers, spinach, onions, tofu, and spices ($8.95), or a grilled barbecue tofu burger ($7.95). Swab the digestive deck with mango lhassi, shakes, or loose-leaf tea ($2.95–$4.95), and sweeten down the hatches with a slice of the best vegan chocolate cake, according to SF Weekly.