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Lunch in San Francisco: Samovar Tea Lounge

My first lunch in San Francisco really set the bar high. Of course, the city did not disappoint, as you will see throughout the next few weeks as I feature some of my favorites dishes from this wonderfully delicious city. But first, let me tell you all about Samovar Tea Lounge.

The main reason my friend Sara took me to Samovar is because she and I share a love of chai tea. Sara assured me that this place had the best chai tea in the city. Samovar makes their own tea in small batches on site, and the chai certainly did not disappoint. It was a sunny day in the Mission, so we sat outside with Sara’s dogs. (Hooray dog friendly San Francisco!) She opted for the hot chai while I decided to cool down with an iced chai. Let me tell you, it took a lot of restraint not to suck the whole thing down in a couple of quick gulps. It was most certainly some of the best chai I had ever tasted.

For lunch I decided to keep it light. I went for the salmon wasabi salad. You have no idea how excited I was that such a menu item even existed. Spicy salad with fresh fish? Yes please!

salmon wasabi salad

Salmon Wasabi Salad

Sara ordered a curry egg salad sandwich. I had been debating ordering this myself so I’m glad I got to see how it turned out. Sara said its one of her favorites. So fresh and tasty with just a little kick.

curry egg salad

Curry Egg Salad Sandwich

How to find it

Samovar has three locations in San Francisco:

Mission/Castro
498 Sanchez Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

Yerba Buena Gardens
730 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Zen Valley
Hayes Valley
297 Page Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

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