Though it was just New Year’s a week ago, Media Noche Cuban Counter is celebrating a different kind of midnight.
The sandwiches that have the Mission District drooling are here to stay; starting this month, the "E-14 Banh Mi" hits the menu, the Cuban sandwich brainchild of Top Chef Denver contestant Tu David Phu. His creation, which is deliciously comprised of lemongrass pork belly, peppercorn chicken pate, nuoc mam aioli, pickled carrots & daikon, whole grain mustard, cucumber, jalapeno and cilantro, is available on the menu through the end of January. Sounds like you better make moves to the Mission—and fast.
Chef Tu David Phu is the third guest chef Media Noche has brought onto their Cubano dream team. Since their Cubano series launched in November, talent such as Chefs Telmo Faria and Ryan Pollnow worked their magic into the menu as well. The idea behind their Cubano series is to utilize the skills of local chefs to inspire a next-level culinary experience for the beloved fast-fine restaurant. With eateries of this nature proving immensely successful as of late (Souvla and Corridor, we’re looking at you), Media Noche is making all the right moves to maintain their spot as a new SF favorite.
If you need another reason to make this your next lunch or dinner destination, get this: ten percent of the proceeds of each featured chef’s Cubano sale is donated to a charity of the chef's choosing. Chef Tu David Phu has wisely chosen Quentin Cooks, a non-profit working to advocate for a more humane justice system. Full stomach, full heart. Now that’s why we love San Francisco.
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Isabella Welch is a graduate of UCLA with a degree in history. Her writing has been featured in history journals, travel blogs, arts & culture magazines, and more. Director of Editorial & Creative Development at Bob Cut Mag, lover of stories and tinto de verano, she’s usually found wandering the Headlands.