Restaurant Review: Pera
Pera is a Mediterranean restaurant in the Potrero Hill area of San Francisco. They have different brunch, lunch, and dinner menus which I didn't realize until I'd already sat down in the booth. I'd wanted to try the saganaki (flaming cheese) but that's only on the lunch and dinner menus. Alas, I was there during weekend brunch time. Now at a loss for what to order, I let my boyfriend choose the dishes.
I had my first Turkish coffee (and please excuse my chipped nail polish). I didn't know what to expect or how Turkish coffee is supposed to taste but this was way too bitter for me. And there were coffee grounds in the bottom of the cup which I didn't like either. Le sad.
Moussaka is a Greek lasagna with eggplant, potatoes, ground lamb and ground beef. This was my first time having this dish and it was seriously delicious! I was skeptical at first because I am not a huge eggplant fan, but my boyfriend thought it was a good idea. He's had moussaka before and he said it was good. After trying it, I'm totally sold. I really love anything with cheese and tomato sauce though, so that helped win me over. It basically tastes like lasagna except with potatoes instead of pasta. Recommended!
The lamb shish plate I didn't like so much. The lamb skewer was too small and there was only one! Definitely would've been better with two lamb skewers. I didn't care for the sides that came with it: soup, rice, salad. The taste of the meat was good though.
Service was good and it was easy to find a parking spot.
Overall, I want to come back for lunch or dinner for the flaming cheese and the moussaka (which is served all day). I'll give the restaurant a four star rating just because I loved the moussaka so much.
Rating:★★★★ Price: $$
Pera 1457 18th St San Francisco, CA 94107