Heaven’s Dog: trendy Chinese food in San Francisco’s SOMA (CLOSED)


Heaven’s Dog is the latest trendy Asian food place to open in San Francisco. It is owned by Charles Phan (Slanted Door). Indeed, it shares many of the same dishes as Slanted Door: daikon rice cakes and pea shoots, to name but two. There are several differences. First, the prices are much lower at Heaven’s Dog and second, the food isn’t as good as at Slanted Door, but it’s not bad either. The concept is the same: small plates that people share. Next door is a long noodle bar where you can grab a quick bite.

I made a reservation via Open Table and got two phone calls from Heaven’s Dog. One left a message (and instructed me to call if I was not coming). Within two hours, someone else from Heaven’s Dog called again remind me about the reservation. This is a very aggressive and irritating practice. It is disrespectful of the client’s privacy. I always cancel my reservation if I know I won’t be arriving. What happens if you go out a lot and make three or four reservations a week? You get an insane number of calls from restaurants. The strange thing is that when we went to Heaven’s Dog, the place was half full. Other than that, it’s worth visiting because there are hardly any restaurants in that area (Mission Street between 7th and 8th).

  • Vibe: young chic Asian crowd, lively cocktail bar scene.
  • Pros: very cool, modern interiors, great lighting, fabulous bar; recession-friendly prices – dishes are between $5 and $12.
  • Cons: the food could be better. The dan dan noodles were delicious but too salty. The daikon rice cakes could have been more crunchy.
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