Friday, February 27, 2009

Borobudur near Union Square

Borobudur restaurant
700 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 775-1512

V and I had noticed Borobudur several times walking in the Union Square neighborhood. The name stuck in my head because of the architectural monument of the same name in Indonesia, which we had studied about in history. Borobudur is an ancient Buddhist temple and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. More about it here:
The pictures of Borobudur look impressive, we hope to visit there some time in the future! Borobudur, the restaurant, on the other hand, did not impress us very much.
After spending a few hours on our feet at the Asian Art Museum, we were ready to sit down for a good lunch. Reluctant to move our car from a great parking spot we had snagged, we decided to walk over to Borobudur.

A few other tables were occupied in the restaurant, but it wasn't very crowded. A little while after we got there, a large group of Indonesian women arrived dressed in their Sunday best. There was just one harried waitress handling all these tables. Eventhough she was doing her best, service was slow.

We ordered Bakwan Jagung (corn fritters) to start with, it was reasonably good but nothing to write home about. For the main course, we ordered the Fuyunghai (Vegetable Egg Foo Young) and a Vegetable Tempeh Stir Fry. The stir fry was okay, but the Foo Young totally spoiled the taste for us. It was too oily and smelled a little like fish. When we walked out of the restaurant we didn't feel too good because of all that oil, and I was screaming for a coke to wash away all the oil and fishiness.
We picked the restaurant because of favorable reviews and maybe their meat dishes are great, but we wouldn't go back there. V and I agreed that it is not a great pick for vegetarians.

The bill came to around $30 for the two of us with tax and tip.

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