Mixed Blessing

Andalu

The experience continued to deflate with dessert. Slices of persimmon poached in prosecco could have been cooked in anything; they were so bland that we barely finished half an order. Everyone loved the intensely chocolaty Castilian cocoa that came with an order of doughnut holes, but the holes themselves -- about which I'd heard good things -- were leaden, awful lumps. Was the pastry chef out sick?

Deliciously Cool: The remake of the Mission's Maya Taqueria into the supper-clubbish Andalu was entirely successful.
Anthony Pidgeon
Deliciously Cool: The remake of the Mission's Maya Taqueria into the supper-clubbish Andalu was entirely successful.
Deliciously Cool: The remake of the Mission's Maya Taqueria into the supper-clubbish Andalu was entirely successful.
Anthony Pidgeon
Deliciously Cool: The remake of the Mission's Maya Taqueria into the supper-clubbish Andalu was entirely successful.
Deliciously Cool: The remake of the Mission's Maya Taqueria into the supper-clubbish Andalu was entirely successful.
Anthony Pidgeon
Deliciously Cool: The remake of the Mission's Maya Taqueria into the supper-clubbish Andalu was entirely successful.
Deliciously Cool: The remake of the Mission's Maya Taqueria into the supper-clubbish Andalu was entirely successful.
Anthony Pidgeon
Deliciously Cool: The remake of the Mission's Maya Taqueria into the supper-clubbish Andalu was entirely successful.
Deliciously Cool: The remake of the Mission's Maya Taqueria into the supper-clubbish Andalu was entirely successful.
Anthony Pidgeon
Deliciously Cool: The remake of the Mission's Maya Taqueria into the supper-clubbish Andalu was entirely successful.

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Andalu

3198 16th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

Category: Restaurant > Fusion

Region: Mission/ Bernal Heights

Details

621-2211

Open Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday till 1 a.m., closed Sunday

Reservations accepted

Wheelchair accessible

Parking: difficult

Muni: 22, 26, 53

Noise level: moderate to loud

Curly polenta fries -- $5
Tempura roll -- $6
Asparagus and red pepper spring rolls -- $6
Ahi tartare tacos -- $10
Grilled Monterey sardines -- $7
Skate wing -- $9
Red port sangria -- $14/pitcher

3198 16th St. (at Guerrero)

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It was hard to make sense of it all. Should a few, unforgivable misfires overshadow an otherwise fine meal? People, there's no excuse for bad pastry, and unless you hear otherwise from a reliable source you should avoid any baked goods at Andalu like grim death. But would I go back? After all, the prices are right, the dishes go surprisingly well together, and the sangria just plain kicks ass. So, out of a possible total of one, I'm giving one thumb up. Make sure you try the sardines.

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