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Desserts were uniformly stellar. The Scharffen Berger chocolate truffle cake was tops: a dense, creamy, intensely cocoa-y assemblage of endorphins topped off with praline-ribboned whipped cream and a jazzy espresso anglaise. The apple crumb pie, by contrast, was homey, comfy, and unthreatening, with its buttery crust, soft bits of apple, and meltingly good vanilla ice cream. That day's sorbet du jour, pear, was as chunky and refreshing as the other day's green apple, and appeared with two slender, delicate apricot-almond biscotti. You can also get a sack of House-made Chinese almond cookies to go; they're crisper and more delicate than anything you'll find farther south on Grant.

No Linguine Here: The House's minimalist, noodle-house look is an 
anomaly on Upper Grant Street.
Anthony Pidgeon
No Linguine Here: The House's minimalist, noodle-house look is an anomaly on Upper Grant Street.

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The House

1230 Grant
San Francisco, CA 94133

Category: Restaurant > Fusion

Region: North Beach/ Chinatown

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Open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; open for dinner Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m. Closed Sunday

Reservations accepted

Wheelchair accessible

Parking: difficult

Muni: 12, 15, 41, 83

Noise level: occasionally loud

Deep-fried salmon roll -- $7.50
Unagi and avocado sandwich -- $10
Crab cakes -- $9
Grilled prawns -- $13
Grilled sea bass -- $18
Scharffen Berger truffle cake -- $7
Chrysanthemum tea -- $3.75

1230 Grant (at Columbus)

986-8612

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The reasonably priced wine list features 34 vintages selected to complement the kitchen's Asian-accented dishes -- crisp whites, spicy reds, and sweet Rieslings, most of them low-alcohol Euros from France, Italy, Germany, and Austria. Nine are available by the glass, five by the half-bottle. In addition, the House offers three sakes, nine well-selected beers (the Steelhead extra pale ale is especially sparkly alongside the food), five dessert wines, and 10 disparate Chinese teas ranging from ti kwan yin ("complements spicy and heavier foods") to pu erh ("aids digestion"). The slightly floral chrysanthemum herbal is a fine midmeal accompaniment. The eclectic beverage selection is one of the House's most apropos offerings. What better way to straddle the Broadway citadel than with an aperitif of prosecco di valdobbiadene and a digestif of lapsang souchon tea bracketing a meal of cross-cultural flavors?

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