Location: 845 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Inside Westfield Shopping Centre)
Phone: (415) 668-1783
Sat-Sun: 11am – 3pm
Mon-Fri: 11am – 3pm
Sun-Thurs: 11am – 9pm
Fri-Sat: 11am – 10pm
Sunday – Friday 4pm to 7pm
Wednesday 4pm- Close
- Cheaper dining area in the shopping district
- Chain restaurant
- Make reservations online
- Singaporean cuisine
Resuming my San Francisco trip, another restaurant we visited was the Straits. Not knowing it was a chain restaurant till after, the overall prices and quality of the food mixed pretty well. It appeared to be a fine dining type of restaurant, as it was dim inside and situated right in the midst of Westfield San Francisco top floor. We were on a shopping spree that day, so we just ended up eating wherever. We originally had left the mall, but after the girlfriend refuses to eat in Chinatown, we decided to come back.
We didn’t have a reservations, but it was already 8ish when we walked in. So, we got our seats right away.
And like every restaurant that we haven’t been to, we just studied the menu. Our server (Shereen) was very patient with us, and basically walked us through the menu by section. She also made several recommendations. I’d give her an A if knowing the menu is a course.
We started with the roti, a crisp griddled indian flatbread with yellow curry dipping sauce. The dipping sauce is a little salty if you’re having it alone but with the roti, it’s perfect. I found the roti to be a little oily, and not the chewiest roti I’ve had.
We ordered the “potong kari ayam”, a traditional singapore curried chicken with potatoes and carrots. The potatoes tasted a little awkward, like they dipped it in some sort of solution for awhile. But the curry was excellent. And it went very well with rice, a hearty warm dinner.
We got a medium coconut rice to come with the curry. It was more than enough for both of us to share. There was a slight hint of coconut smell to the rice, but nothing strong.
We took one of the server’s suggestions and ordered this favourite Garlic Noodle. It was wok fired noodles with basil, black pepper, roma tomatoes, shiitake mushrooms, and chicken strips. The garlic smelled really strong when it arrived, the noodles were quite good. A good balance of garlic taste and this sweet tangy taste.
I was extremely full after this dinner.
Our bill came to under $43. Not bad for 2 entrees and an appetizer. The ambiance is dark but bright enough to see what you are eating from your plate. The service was excellent, I was very well pleased as mentioned above. The food was not bad. If you’re feeling like some Asian cuisine and in the area, I’d recommend you to try out Straits.