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Explore the Symbiotic Relationship of Cordon Bleu Restaurant & Encore Karaoke

Cordon Bleu

The symbiotic relationship that exist between a restaurant and the bar next to it don’t get much better or more mutually beneficial than the one that exists between Cordon Bleu and  Encore on California Street, just off Polk.  One serves cheap, delicious and hearty food, the other is a karaoke bar that allows you to bring in and consume said food on their premises.  I’ve rarely encountered a more elegant and harmonious confluence of purpose.

Cordon Bleu is a counter-only Vietnamese restaurant with simple food cooked in plain sight by a skeleton crew of Southeast Asian expats.  The dish to get is Vietnamese Five Spice Chicken or the grilled pork chops.  Eat there if you like or pack it up and take it next door and up a flight of stairs to Encore Karaoke, where no one’s likely to cast aspersions upon you if you can’t carry a tune more complicated than the  beautiful music made by the death rattle of an ancient, bigoted and toothless  Southern Democratic Senator.  From three to seven, well drinks are $3.50 and domestic beers $2.50.   You’re eating like a Siamese king for less than 15 bucks and drinking like a hump-less camel for a pittance.  Need I pontificate further? Fin.

Cordon Bleu
1574 California St.
&
Encore Karaoke
1550 California St.
[Nob Hill]
SF

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Fatt Mink

Fatt Mink

I was born into a family of bookworms and staunch pinkos in downtown San Jose, California.
I lived in San Francisco from 2002-2016, during which time I studied music and Italian at S.F State and worked as a waiter and bartender in restaurants and bars both foul and divine; I credit my considerable experience in the industry with birthing my eternal burnin' love for food and booze, still a driving force in my life. I lived in Rome for 8 months in 2016 and then moved to Guadalajara, Mexico, where I currently write for a newspaper and play music.

  • Alexandra Liss

    The karaoke bar is one of my fav best kept secrets… a) I like it when there is just one big space when drunkenly singing. You can’t help but bond with who ever is in that room. Although I will say, there is a Brazilian spot to the other side of the vietnamese one, and i must say, its my prefered choice. Either way, both options are quite the pairing for this spot.

  • We should all go right now!

  • I have made a personal pact that I will never karaoke. Have never. Will never.