If you’re looking for the best restaurants in San Francisco then make sure you include a visit to The Plant. It’s labelled as a cafe serving organic food (both for meat eaters and vegetarians). However, it actually fills the void between a cafe and a restaurant. The Pier 3 branch is a stylish spot with low level lighting and shiny, rich wood. It’s too slick and spacious to be a cafe, but it doesn’t require you to dress up in the way that a restaurant does. Thankfully the menu isn’t limited to sandwiches and cakes by any stretch of the imagination.
San Fran is full of amazing restaurants, but a lot of them tend to serve rich, naughty food that tastes good, but isn’t quite as appreciated by your stomach. Sometimes you just need a timeout from junk food and that’s where The Plant steps in. The menu is impressively big, serving freshly made, wholesome eats that all sound incredible, let alone look as pretty as pictures. It’s a tough decision deciding on just one dish.
The portion sizes are massive. The Hummus Plate is more than big enough for two or three people as a starter. It comes on a raised plate, piled high with greedy green olives, house-made flat bread, garlic-lemon hummus, as well as a basil based one. It’s a happy struggle to get through it all.
Mains include fancy sandwiches and paninis, such as lobster and crab salad or Tuscan chicken, and you can even opt for gluten-free bread. You’ll find fresh burgers and pizzas on the menu too and if you do opt for one of those you won’t be disappointed with the tastiness and freshness. However, the Quinoa Bowl and the Thai curries make this place stand out. You can top any of those dishes with your choice of protein (chicken, shrimp, tofu or tempeh) or simply opt for extra veggies.
This is the Thai red curry with chicken…
And this is the delicious Thai green curry with extra vegetables…
The dishes arrive steaming hot and are generous to say the least. The curries are served with fluffy rice and intense flavours that make you want to keep eating even when you are fit to burst. Luckily you can take home any leftovers with you. In fact, even if you’re on the run you can grab a takeaway from the little cafe window.
As there is a good-food theme to The Plant you can order freshly made juices and homemade lemonades to wash it all down with. In true American style the lemonade is refillable, but sadly not the juice.
Heaven for Vegetarians AND Meaties
If you’re a vegetarian you’ll absolutely love The Plant. It’s so, so lovely to be able to have an actual choice rather than being restricted to one dish on the menu. Lots of the dishes are adaptable for meat-eaters and veggies, so it’s a good place for groups and couples. Considering the delicious menu and the fact everything is 100% organic, mostly locally sourced and made from scratch, it’s very reasonably priced – just $12 for the hummus and $15 for the Thai green curry.
You can find The Plant at a number of locations, but I recommend the one at Pier 3 as it’s close to Ferry Building (lots of cute shops).
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