Good Good Culture Club
3560 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
Why here? – Good Good Culture Club is a hot restaurant from the folks behind Liholiho Yacht Club. They serve Lao, Filipino fusion cuisine and has a party atmosphere. This restaurant is located in the heart of the Mission District, where Farina once stood.
As a family-owned restaurant, they focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with Equitable Compensation Fee. They promise shorter hours, better pay and work-life balance for their staff.
We lucked out and got early dinner reservations on Resy the day before, but judging by the crowds, you need to book way ahead. We returned 3 months later and have tried most items on the menu.
They take walk-ins, so you need to get here and lineup before they open at 5pm.
Trying to get a table on their rooftop open air patio. The outdoor tables in front of the restaurant subject you to a lot of pedestrians.
Insider Tip – Sit in the Patio
Cuisine – Filipino Laotian fusion
Location – Mission District San Francisco
Opened – 2022
Service – Good Good Culture Club
Verdict – Good Good Culture Club is a fun restaurant that happens to have great cocktails and food. It’s best enjoyed in a group of four or more, so you can eat family style and try many dishes.
Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Yes. 1 Hour? Maybe.
Good Good Culture Club Signature Dishes – Wings, Tiger Shrimp Salad, Pork Belly
Good Good Culture Club’s Menu changes all the time. A good mix of options for vegetarians and vegans, gluten free. They use a QR code ordering system via toasttab. Servers can help you navigate the menu.
Good Good Culture Club Food Picks:
Pink flamingos – vodka, pomegranate, hibiscus, lychee, kumquat, lime, clarified with coconut milk, over crushed ice ($13) it’s not too sweet, but has hidden strength, beware! 8/10
Other mother – madre espadín mezcal, select aperitif, pineapple juice, lemon, soda, árbol/thai chili bitters, served on the rocks($14) is another solid cocktail.
golden age ($15) mommenpop meyer lemonpop aperitif, olehna golden tumeric & Ginger, black lemon bitters is a strong puppy. Interesting blend of ingredients. 8/10
Grilled oyster mushrooms – chrysanthemum-soy fermented garlic dressing, rice paddy herbs GF DF VGN – ($16) are cooked very well, perfectly seasoned. Must get. 9.5/10
Crying tiger shrimp salad – coconut-makrut cream, cucumber, serranos, crispy butter beans, mint, red onion GF DF SPICY ($16) is the favorite dish of many. Pretty spicy due to jalapeños, lots of contrasting texture and acid. 8.5/10
hodo yuba GF DF VGN ($11) bean sprouts black-bean-sesame-miso dressing, crispy shallots has a very creamy dressing. Doesn’t look like a traditional yuba dish! 8.5/10
Green papaya summer squash salad – crispy tripe, hot mustard dressing, celtuce, pepita GF DF ($13) is creamy and also worth ordering. Crisp pork chitterlings on top that you can get on the side. 9/10
Lil Gem Salad GF DF VGN ($12) taro leaf dressing, brokaw avocado, sungold tomatoes, crispy mung beans, sesame, palapa is a weak salad. Pretty typical. 6.5/10
Beef Carpaccio GF DF ($18) crispy pig ear, hosui Asian pear, house mae ploy, frilly red mustard it a nice Asian-ish version of the classic. 8.5/10
Good Good chicken wing – chicken longganisa stuffing, adobo glaze GF DF ($9) is sold by the wing, which is weird. It’s pretty big, as it is stuffed with goodness. Beware that it is soft and doesn’t have that chicken wing feel. 8/10
Niman ranch bone in pork belly – oyster sauce marinade, stones fruits, pickled peppers, pistachio DF ($28) it’s a must get if you love pork belly. Good enough to share with four folks. 8/10
Tempura Soft Shell Crab GF ($31) 1 crab per order – green curry ranch, early girl tomatoes, her-palapa salad is a must get. Eggless crispy crab with lots of tender goodness. 9.5/10
House Made Red Curry GF DF ($26) catfish, clamshell mushroom, lemongrass, snap peas, dill should come with rice! Definitely order rice. Nicely done with a darn fine curry. 9/10
Five Dot Cross cut Short ribs DF GF ($30) chili misoyaki marinade, sesame-cherry glaze, local melon hits the spot. A sizeable dish of nicely marinated ribs. 8.5/10
Broccoli do ciccio – good good butter, smoked egg yolk GF V ($11) features broccolini cooked to a nice pristine condition. Good for vegetarians. You can get it without egg. 8/10
Poppy seeds steam bun – smoked beef belly, oyster sauce rub, watermelon radish, thai basil aïoli ($10) has more pork belly, and is also highly recommended. Every bite brings in a rich flavor and texture combination. 9/10
Jewelry rice – banana leaf, corn, trumpet mushrooms, chili oil GF DF VGN – ($12) is another great dish for vegetarians. It comes wrapped in banana leaf, imparting an exotics flavor. 8/10
Crispy Rice Ball DF V ($8 for 2) carmelized plantain, achiote glaze, spicy aioli is a fun variation of a regular rice ball. 2 good sized pieces that are crisp and kicked up a notch with the plantain. 8/10
Halo Ha-Lao – ube sorbet, blueberries, pluots, honeydew, coconut foam, tomato shaved ice, tapioca GF DF VGN – ($14) is a great dessert that you should keep room for. Every spoonful brings several ingredients together. 9.5/10
Strawberry Crunch Cake ($13) lemon curd, strawberry jam, vanilla bean anglaise seems a bit too traditional here, but is spot on. Better than the Pandan. 9/10
Pandan Bibingka GF ($10) is a cake based dessert with a miso anglaise sauce. Also well done, but not super special. 8/10
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
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