This week, please welcome our very good friend and my guest blogger Art Fong. If you enjoy his reviews, look for him on tripadvisor.com under the name dragonfly129.

L’Ptit Laurent

“Great value with quality food” Visited April 2017. Reviewed April 20, 2017.

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This is a great neighborhood French bistro that serves a great meal at very good prices. At the moment, there is a tax season special (expiring after April 27) serving a salad or escargot and and entree(select list from regular menu) for a bargain price of $20.17 (as in the year 2017).

After this date, they will return to a neighborhood special of $28 which will include a dessert.

My wife ordered the lamb shank that was fall off the bone tender and a simp,e house salad while my son had the skirt steak dinner with pomme frites and the French onion soup. Steak was cooked medium rare as requested and the frites were sliced thin and nice and crispy.

I had the tax season special and the 6 escargots were good and cooked with enuff garlic. The ossco buco came in a regular sized portion with a nice wine reduction sauce and cooked so the meat was very tender. We shared a hot pear tart that was topped with ice cream which was a perfect end to our meal. Parking is challenging so be patient but service was excellent and worth the trip.

Le P’tit Laurent: 699 Chenery Street, San Francisco. Sunday – Thursday 5:30pm-9:30pm, Friday and Saturday 5:30pm-10:30pm. Reservations available on OpenTable.com

China Live

“Very good but expensive Chinese” Visited May 2017. Reviewed May 29, 2017.

Photo: Carlos Avila Gonzalez, The Chronicle

Decided to check this venue out for lunch with a group of 8 for lunch but found it to be a bit more expensive when portion size is considered.

Tea was served individually and cost $12 for the serving. We had multiple orders of chicken wings, lotus buns with pork belly, Marco Polo Noodles and bar-b-que pork. The green beans were a bit over cooked but the five spice squab, a new addition was nicely prepared but at $28 per order.

Dessert was a soft serve with shaved ice which was a nice way to finish the meal.

China Live:  644 Broadway, San Francisco. Monday – Thursday 11am-10pm, Friday 11am-11pm, Saturday and Sunday 10:30am-11pm. Reservations available on Yelp through China Live website.

Hakkasan

“Excellently prepared dishes” Visited November 2016. Reviewed November 18, 2016.

Photo: John Storey

Had a business lunch for 4 and food was outstandingly. After ordering shrimp balls, lobster wrapped with a daikon like veggie and served on a green sauce, pork dumplings and fried rice. The mark of a good dumpling is the ability to wrap the filling in a thin skin so you can tast the filling and not fill up on the wrapping. This was exactly what happened as the tasty filling was perfectly marinated and properly cooked.

Expensive place so be prepared to pay up for the perfectly cooked dishes.

Photo: John Storey

Hakkasan: 1 Kearny Street, San Francisco. Lunch Monday – Friday 11:30am-2:30pm, Saturday 11:30am-3pm. Dinner Monday – Saturday 5pm-10pm. The Bar 11:30-10pm daily (reduced bar menu from 2:30pm-5pm. Closed Sunday. Reservations available on OpenTable.com.

 

Thanks to Art for this week’s peek into more San Francisco fine dining.