Delica rf-1 serves healthy Japanese lunches at the Ferry Building

Lunchtime is always such a gamble in San Francisco if you find yourself along the Embarcadero or in the Financial District. There are few good places to eat because most restaurants cater to the office crowd who put a premium on speed and large portions. As a result you find a lot of submarine sandwich outlets like Subway, Asian restaurants that serve bland udon noodle soups (and not so fresh sushi), and greasy Mexican food joints.

That’s why I find myself going back again and again to Delica rf-1, a Japanese delicatessen in the Ferry Building whose takeaway salads and bento boxes are tastier and healthier for you than the standard lunch fare in most SF restaurants. My favorites: the spicy burdock and lotus root salad, and the hijiki and soybean salad. Their selection of cold Japanese green teas, especially the ones that are not sweet, is much appreciated. I like to take my salad plate or bento box outside and eat along the water as I watch the container ships and ferries chart their way across the bay. Then, I go to Peet’s (across Delica) for an espresso or a cappuccino (hint: ask them for a traditional cappuccino and ask them to put it in a porcelain cup).

Delica rf-1
Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA
+1 415 834 0344
Monday – Friday: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm

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