Eric's Restaurant is a popular eatery and is a study in contrasts: bright white walls against a dark wood floor. There are long lines of hungry ... More
Eric's Restaurant is a popular eatery and is a study in contrasts: bright white walls against a dark wood floor. There are long lines of hungry patrons and yet a spacious, uncrowded dining room. The cuisine, artfully rendered Hunan, is equally contrasting. Flavors are at once sour and sweet, spicy and smoky, salty and tangy. The Mango Prawns is an excellent example. Cubes of sweet, musky mango mixed with plump fresh shrimp are coated with a savory sauce that perfectly marries seafood and fruit. Also wonderful are the Smoked Pork with Baby Garlic Root and Leek, sauteed in soy, and the Vegetarian Eggplant with Spicy Garlic Sauce. Plenty of cold water and hot tea is provided by the friendly wait staff to douse the fire as you eat.
It is with genuine sadness and disappointment that after 11 years of faithful patronage (a minimum of twice a week for the lunch specials) that I must now boycott my once-favorite neighborhood restaurant. Whatever management/ownership changes that went on in the past couple of years has seriously affected the service. They are consistently getting orders wrong, forgetting fortune cookies, utensils etc. Most recently they forgot to include the RICE in my order. When I went back to return the order and complain, the manager LAUGHED IN MY FACE. Really a bad sign if they have no concern about keeping loyal and long standing customers.
New Hai Key Chinese Cuisine 2191 Irving Street, SF, CA
This place has the BEST Noodle soup place in town. Great services. I always go there and that place makes me feel like home. Got to give it a try.
I couldn't wait to have Eric's for lunch today, I love their Vegi Chicken...I called in an order, I went to pick it up(waited around forever for someone to help me) and then took my food along with 5 fellow co-workers orders and went back to the office.
It was AWFUL, no longer do there send soup along with your togo order and no longer do they have the wonderful sauces they once had.
I can honestly say that not one person who order food to go at my office really enjoyed their meal.
I am very sad that they have changed. It use to be one of the best places to go at Lunch time. Never again.
At least once a month my husband and I go to Eric's to satisfy our cravings for their out-of-this-world wonton soup and chase that down with the crisp and crunchy sesame beef. Also good are the Drums of Heaven appetizer, Eric's fried rice (a meal in itself), and the walnut prawns. Eric's has a business-like wait staff, gorgeous orchids in a sunny dining room, and always a line outside. Bring a jacket--the evening wind/fog is bone-chilling in this Noe neighborhood. I took my parents to Eric's and they gave it a hearty thumbs-up. My dad is very picky about chinese food.
Not sure what the hype around this place is. I thought it was heavy and bland food. The mango in our Mango Prawn was soggy, and the Crab Rangoon (both dishes were recommended), were these sloppy deep-fried samosa-type things with some creamy feeling. Not my thing...