Saha is, hands down, one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. They completely embody the Eats Well With Others philosophy in that they serve enough meat to satisfy your omnivores friends (sigh) but have plenty of gluten free and vegetarian options, most of which are already vegan or can be made so easily. Needless to say, I've been back many times since my last visit, but I figured it was time again to bring along the camera and do a little update.
When I went a few days ago, this was the salad special for the evening. These golden beets were roasted perfectly and then topped with a really flavorful tabouleh, complete with some green olives for tang. At the pinnacle of the tabouleh pile rested two peach slices, both of which had a thin layer of sugar bruleed upon them. Like most things at Saha, it sounds like it totally won't work but then you take one bite and realize that, in fact, it's the tastiest thing ever!
We also tried the mushroom pate appetizer and were quite happy with it. The pate itself was slightly sweet, and the spicy harissa on the side made for a great addition, helping every bite achieve a sublime taste balance. My only complaint is that it doesn't come with quite enough toast points. Luckily, we had plenty of table bread left. See?
The bread that comes to the table is alright, but it's really all about that dipping oil. More herbs and spices than oil, it has a deep, rich taste that is surprising but super delicious. Let's move on to entrees.
Here we have the North African Couscous. I didn't try it, but word on the street is it's bangin'. And, really, what can be wrong with veggies, tofu and olives with couscous and harissa sauce? Um, nothing, that's what.
For my entree, I strayed from my favorite (the vegetarian bastilla) and ordered the Zahara. This dish is comprised of veggies stewed in a rich curried gravy and topped with a fresh pesto-y type sauce. The taste was spot on and I really enjoyed it. I missed my phyllo though, so it'll probably be back to the bastilla next time.
Sadly we were too full for dessert or the vegan Slap Ya Mamma would have been in my belly. I have no idea how this dessert has earned its silly name, but "roasted fruit, date & almond marzipan, and chocolate wrapped in phyllo and baked" (as it's listed on the menu) is one heck of a way to finish your time at Saha, and I highly recommend it
Up next: A trip to a new pizzeria/Italian place in SF means I may have to update my "best pizza in the Bay Area" list. Stay tuned!