My good friend Sandra asked if I wanted to go on a random getaway to SF. I said, “hell yeah!” and so we went.
We left Saturday night after she got off work and booked an Airbnb in Daly City. We arrived around 9:30, settled in, and headed out to a Japanese restaurant that sold ramen since I was craving it. The plan was to go back into SF but for some reason, nearly all ramen shops closed at 9:30/10PM.
Sandra found a place that closed at 2AM so that was the destination. Unfortunately, it was down south. I had no idea where we were going but I knew it wasn’t in SF since the signs on the freeway kept saying “101 South San Jose” or “SF Intl Airport” hahaha. Sandra didn’t even know where it was.
Mokutanya is in Burlingame, a place that I have never heard of until I googled the restaurant just now. They serve izakaya type food that I was looking forward to trying along with ramen. It was really dark inside and looked like a night club. But one cool thing about it is that the seats are on the floor but there’s open space underneath the table where your legs go.
The service was great! They were so kind and patient. The food wasn’t bad though. Sandra and I both ordered ramen along with kushiyaki items: fried chicken skin in ponzu sauce, grilled salmon, grilled rice onigiri, plus seaweed salad.
We had hoped that the chicken skin would be crunchy but it ended up being chewy. It was still good though. It was just lightly fried. Even though I dislike salmon, I thought the grilled salmon was quite tasty. It was not dried out and still juicy. The grilled rice onigiri was the best out of the items we ordered. It had a nice char and texture. I thought there was something in the middle but it was just awesome rice. The seaweed salad was just seaweed salad.
I only took a photo of the seaweed salad because it was possibly $6 for that small ass amount. I meant to check the receipt but totally forgot.
I ordered this spicy garlic oil ramen…there’s another word to the dish but I just can’t remember. It’s not even listed on their website or yelp. It wasn’t the greatest. I’ve had much better ramen so I was a bit disappointed. The garlic was strong and it did have a kick to it, but I was hoping for some pork flavor as well. And more salt haha. And I ordered it with extra noodles. Always extra noodles.
The next stop for the night was karaoke. It was already 12AM when we headed there but the parking was wack so we gave up and went back to the bnb. Sandra inputted the wrong city in the GPS and we ended up in some neighborhood in the hills. It was pitch black with trees and shit. But we did end up with a gorgeous view of a damn bright SFO. That was nice.
I ended up going to bed at 1:30AM after a shower and woke up at 7:30AM. I wasn’t too comfortable in the bed because it made noises every time you moved so I was afraid I’d wake up Sandra if I moved around too much.
We checked out around 9:30AM and headed to Baker Beach. Sandra wanted a scenic view so I suggested that beach although she actually wanted to go to Marshall Beach. We actually visited that beach three years ago and I’ll be damned if I had to walk those stairs again.
It was so sunny and it wasn’t crowded yet so that was a win! Lots of dogs and naked elderly men as well. We decided to walk until we hit the rocks on the right side of the beach and headed back to the car. It was again, very sunny. And warm.
Brunch was next on our list but the original restaurant we wanted to visit had an 1+ hr wait so we ended up going to Chinatown for dim sum. We should have just gotten pizza since we were nearby Little Italy. The dim sum restaurant took FOREVER for our food. I felt so bad because I chose dim sum and Sandra seemed so bored. I REGRET EVERYTHING lol
We had a choice between visiting Lombard Street to see the crooked street or Japantown for our last stop. I chose Japantown because we already knew what to expect and I think both of us were mentally ready to go home. Plus I knew we would have had a better time there anyway.
Sandra had never tried the famous “Dragon’s Breath” treat that is sold there so we gave it a go. It’s a good experience but I didn’t care for the Fruit Loop taste. We went into the Kinokuniya bookstore and that was the first time that I actually looked at the books that were for sale. I’ve gone in before but had no interest. I ended up buying two books by a monk named Thich Nhat Hanh. Both books are life manual type books. “How to Eat” tells you to be mindful and grateful for every step the food has taken to be placed on your dish. I’m in the middle of “How to Love” and I’m not really feeling it hahaha.
I went over to Sophie’s Crepe, which is a must for me anytime I’m in Japantown, and ordered a chocolate sundae. It was just dark chocolate gelato with chocolate sauce and whipped cream. I couldn’t finish it because it was overwhelmingly chocolatey.
We crossed the street to check out a three story boutique that I’ve always ignored. There was tea shop on the first floor, a cutesy Japanese clothing story also on the first, another Japanese clothing store on the second, and the third floor was off limits but it’s supposedly an art gallery. After exploring the building, we tried out the tea shop.
I ordered the chicken sausage plate. I don’t even know why. I wasn’t even hungry haha. It was so heavy and I only ate 1 piece. The staff asked if I wanted a box and I said no. I didn’t want to bring that thing on a 1 1/2 hour drive back home haha.
Sandra ordered the tea and dessert option. It came with a pot of tea and the sweets…$14…overpriced crap. I was thinking Sandra would get some kind of fancy cake and high quality dry cookies that she could dip in her tea like biscotti. Sandra ordered the Paris tea which had vanilla and hints of cinnamon. I didn’t have much of an opinion on the tea because I’m not a tea person.
After that disappointing experience, we decided to call it a day and headed back home.