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Surisan

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Surisan is a Korean restaurant in Fisherman’s Wharf owned by the same restaurant group that runs Sweet Maple, Kitchen Story and Blackwood. Unlike most of what you’ll find in the wharf, there’s neither fried seafood nor throngs of tourists. Surisan sports a good sized outdoor patio that gets sun until about 1pm (and welcomes dogs!).

The Bottomless

$20 gets you 90 minutes of bottomless mimosas. The varieties they have listed are original, bitter and sweet, which correspond to OJ, grapefruit and raspberry respectively. They’ll just keep filling you up with OJ unless you ask for something else, which I recommend you do, as while all the mimosas were pretty heavy on the juice, the OJ ones were the worst culprit there. No carafes, but they were pretty good about refills. We paid right at about 90 minutes, and they just stopped coming by to offer refills, so the time limit does seem to be enforced if not explicitly so.

The Food

Some excellent Korean food here – I had their K-tacos with a side of KFC (Korean fried chicken, obviously). The former was fantastic, packed full of Korean spicy pork and served with a few rather unique salsas on the side. The latter was good but served dry with the sauce on the side, where I’m more accustomed to my Korean fried chicken being cooked and served in the sauce. Still very good, though. Several folks at our table had the Loco Moco, which, if you’re unfamiliar, is basically rice topped with a hamburger patty and an egg. It was delicious, super filling and nicely presented.

Beyond the Korean side of things, they also have some more traditional breakfast entrees – we had an eggs blackstone at the table, which is served with the traditional Millionaire’s bacon available at all the restaurants this group owns. They’ve also got scrambles, a ricotta pancake and blueberry stuffed crunch French toast, which I still regret not trying.

The Service

The service at Surisan was generally solid – only hiccup was that we were assured a table outside with our reservation, and it appeared that the person taking it did not make a note of that. As a result, we had to wait a bit for an outside table, but we had a small group this week, so it wasn’t a huge problem. Food came out fairly quickly, as did mimosas.

Overall

This is the only Korean brunch I’ve found in SF so far, and it’s a really nice change of pace from traditional brunches. The food is excellent, the patio is wonderful on a nice day and somehow all the tourists in the neighborhood haven’t found this place. Go to Surisan before they do.

Rating: 🍾🍾🍾🍾

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Blackwood

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You’ll find Blackwood SF deep in the heart of brunch country – the Marina. It’s a small place that shares ownership with Kitchen Story and Sweet Maple, so it’s got quite the brunch pedigree and also, more importantly, their famous Millionaire’s Bacon.

The one really unfortunate thing about Blackwood is that it doesn’t offer reservations for brunch. I don’t really get why a restaurant would cease using a perfectly good reservation system that’s in place for every other meal solely for brunch, but I guess that’s why I’m just a reviewer of brunches. In any case, because I care about you, loyal reader, I got there a bit early, put down my name and waited.

I should add that we had a group of six people, so not exactly an overwhelming number. Still, I got to the restaurant at about 1:40, and by the time we were seated it was 3:05. This was doubly problematic since their bottomless has a two hour limit but ends at 4. So yeah, despite a number of positives, I can’t recommend this place if you have more than four people (and even then be prepared to wait).

The Bottomless

$20 for two hours, assuming you’re seated before 2. Includes raspberry and regular mimosas, with a good champagne/juice ratio for both. No carafes, but they were pretty good about refilling us quickly. Also, the waiter told us that if the whole table got mimosas, he’d bring us some special drinks. Didn’t catch what they were, but at least they were pretty.

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The Food

Blackwood SF calls itself Thai, but it uses that term pretty broadly. The best thing on their menu was the Iron Pot, which is basically just bibimbap (Korean, for those keeping track). They also have a bunch of traditional breakfast dishes like pancakes, benedicts, omelettes and scrambles. Hit the lunch portion of the menu and you’ll find the Thai piece – just your usual pad thais and curries. I went with the Iron Pot, which was excellent – if you’re not familiar, it’s a big hot pot of rice, vegetables and meat with a fried egg on top. Came out piping hot and fresh, and the spicy sauce on the side was just right.

We didn’t have the Millionaire’s bacon, having eaten it at Sweet Maple in the past, but if you’ve never had it and you’re at Blackwood brunch, definitely order a side of it.

The Service

Outside of the very long wait, the service was good – the staff was very attentive and pleasant, and they made sure to bring us refills quickly. They did cut us off promptly at 4 so they could close the restaurant up, so definitely make sure you get there earlier to avoid the same fate.

Overall

If you’re just a couple of people looking for brunch, and you have a willingness to wait, Blackwood offers a good, solid brunch. That said, if your group is any more than four, there’s just no reason to ever choose Blackwood over the dozens of other brunch restaurants that take reservations.

Rating: 🍾🍾🍾

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The Vestry

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