Mr. Pollo [SF]

2823 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

What a find— Mr. Pollo is a must-try for everyone in or around the San Francisco area. I’ll try to summarize the restaurant as best as I can in five bullet points:

  • $30 four-course tasting menu (appetizer, “entree”, a more “real” entree, dessert)
  • Tiny space with 12 seats or so
  • Must make a reservation by texting the owner at (860) 912-9168
  • Only available times are at 6pm, 7:45pm, 9:30pm
  • Cash only!

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According to the owners, the menu changes every few weeks depending on the available local produce. It’s in a nondescript spot by 24th and Mission, and there’s this wonderful description of the restaurant outside its doors:

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I decided to try it out with my three roommates, and so we each got the same four course meal, and shared a bottle of wine. For the appetizer, we had an amazing Summer Squash Soup garnished with sunflower seeds. Silky and flavorful, the soup combined unique flavors into a delicious brightly colored liquid. “It reminded me how great soup can taste,” David explained.

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Next up, we got a huge chicken arepa, which was a Colombian maize patty made into a sandwich. The filling was decently moist, and the dough had a pleasantly crispy bite, but it lacked in flavor in comparison to the soup we just had. “Food is good,” Michael said insightfully.

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For our entree, we had my favorite part of the meal: the salmon truffle with corn. Slightly nudging the pink perfection made it fall apart into thick slabs.

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For dessert, we enjoyed a scoop of cantaloupe sorbet with a drizzle of basil and a sprinkle of sea salt. The basil worked magically alongside the cantaloupe, while the salt brought out the sweet cantaloupe aroma even more.

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All in all, Mr. Pollo was a true treat. Sadly, this is my last month in the city, so I’m not sure if I’ll have time to come back. Buuut if I had to choose a restaurant in this city to visit more than once, this would be the one!

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