I went for lunch at the Boxing Room right after landing in San Francisco. Having awoken at 4 am to catch my flight (and slept like a senior citizen at 9:30 pm the night before) I was ready for my first real meal. (Airplane food doesn’t count.) When I saw Louisiana-style food, I was excited.
At lunch, Boxing Room offers a prix fixe for $15, but I chose the lunch portion of the duck and sausage jambalaya ($11) instead and three $1 oysters. I enjoyed the oysters, although they were a touch small for my liking, and felt the accompanying sauces were flavourful and bright. The jambalaya was dense and had all the right ideas, but it just felt like it was lacking in soul to me. More practically, it probably was under-spiced, even with hot sauce and pepper-soaked vinegar, and that’s disappointing for Southern cooking.
I wouldn’t say no to returning, but I don’t have a burning desire to go another round either. The busboy and hostess were great, while the waiter was just a hair too curt.