What You'll Get
If two heads are better than one, then two cuisine-noggins fused into one restaurant-body are better than one. Polycephalify your palate with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of delicious Asian fusion fare for dinner at 19Market, an epicurean hybrid that expands palates by merging them.
Extracting tantalizingly harmonious Vietnamese and Californian tastes from fresh ingredients that are hand-picked daily, head chef Hanna Pham crafts award-winning dishes in a casual, warm setting. A cosmopolitan array of healthy and aromatic dishes inhabit the amiable dinner menu, which kindly lets them stay rent-free, provided they mow the lawn once a week. Commence the fusion adventure with the Dungeness crab and fresh avocado spring rolls ($11), its comely title characters supported by charming performances from mango, mint, rice vermicelli, soy vinaigrette, and Brian Dennehy. Seafarers can navigate tongue sails toward the calamari crunch ($9) or the grilled, bacon-hugged prawns satay ($12), while beefquistadors can vanquish the bountiful sesame soy succulence of the Korean barbecue short ribs ($9). Fill a glass or your cupped hand with a drink—many of which pair nicely with the dashing entrees—from the restaurant's stocked and expertly curated bar. A glass of 2006 Argentinian Malbec Terrazas ($9) makes a fine accomplice to grilled salmon with spicy green beans ($17) before a night spent climbing telephone poles for fun.
A ruby awning and a redbrick exterior welcomes digesters and imbibers to 19Market's casual, conversation-friendly dining space. Further into the confines, a stylish and modern chamber bedecked with warm, earthy tones and dark wood puts patrons in a constant state of bear hug. If the massive menu sends your tongue into a tailspin while feasting in the cozy ambience, the friendly, knowledgeable service staff is quick to offer helpful suggestions.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 1, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1/person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1/table, only valid for parties of 2 or more. Limit 1/visit. Reservation required. Valid for dinner only. Valid for alcohol. Dine-in only. Not valid for catering. Must use in 1 visit, no cash back. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers, prix fixe menu, or for happy hour. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
As a child, Hanna Pham watched her mother cook traditional dishes in their family's kitchen in Vietnam, measuring the aromatic spices and cooking marinated shaking beef in her wok. Though she was named one of 11 Top Female Chefs in the Bay Area by the Wave magazine in 2007, Pham first worked as a graphic designer and later as an international professional singer before opening Clay Pot, a traditional Vietnamese restaurant. After noticing the youthfulness of the area, Pham decided to transform the Clay Pot into the contemporary 19Market, adding a modern Californian twist to her Vietnamese dishes to complement the new décor of earthy tones and dark wood accents.
In the kitchen, Chef Pham draws on her roots as she prepares her signature shaking beef, which she learned from her mother, tossing cubes of filet mignon in a wok with onions, garlic, and black pepper. In the dining room, patrons sip house cocktails such as the lychee martini or glasses of wine from the extensive list while listening to the melodic scales of live jazz music.