You don’t need to be fluent in Thai to know that Saap Ver means damn good. One bite of the San Francisco restaurant’s pad kee mow with spicy flat pan fried rice noodles, basil, bell peppers, bean sprouts and beef will give you that impression faster than you can say Saap Ver.
It’s hard not to fall in love with the country style Thai restaurant.
The decorations make Saap Ver fun and approachable.
Saap Ver’s interior is decorated with a riot of bright colors and hip decor in just about every room.
Throughout the restaurant you’ll find 1970’s era film posters and cheeky nods to the movie industry.
Saap Ver is neither too tiny a restaurant, nor is it too big. The same goes for the portion sizes at Saap Ver. Dishes like the beef pad kee mow and the barbecue pork and crispy pork belly rice plate are big enough to fill up one person, but not served in such a huge portion as to feel wasteful. Just about every single plate (perhaps with the exception of the soup dishes) lends itself to sharing family style with your dining companions.
As goldilocks might say, Saap Ver is just right. Monday through Friday Saap Ver offers a happy hour which equates to $2.00 off draft beers, wines and well drinks in the bar area from 4:30pm until $6.30pm.
Chef Kobe (Nutnawat Aukcarrapasutanun) features a roster of lesser known regional Thai dishes as well as a hefty crop of Thai favorites.
You’ll find a number of variations on dishes like som tum (papaya salad), num tok (beef larb) and nam kao tod (Thai sausage with a crispy rice salad) on Saap Ver’s menu.
Whether you’re just back from a trip to southeast Asia and suffering from whole young coconut withdrawal (Saap Ver serves them) or just in the mood for a spicy dish (the chefs here don’t hold back on the peppers), Saap Ver is a wonderful restaurant to consider adding to your grub repertoire.
88 Division Street
San Francisco, California 94103
Hours: Open Daily – Lunch 11:00am to 2:30pm, Dinner 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Phone: (415) 255-8188
Pricing (All in USD): Starters $8.00 to $12.00, Soups $14.00 to $18.00, Noodle Soups $10.00 to $14.00, Salads $12.00 to $29.00, Rice Plates $12.00 to $14.00, Fried Rice Dishes $10.00 to $16.00, Curries $12.00 to $16.00, Pan Fried Noodles $12.00 to $16.00, Thai Street Vendor Foods (Includes Soup of the Day and Rice) $12.00 to $16.00, E-Saan Somtum Set $15.00, Nam Phrik Set $25.00, Grill Items $8.00 to $24.00, Side Orders $2.00 to $5.00, Desserts $7.00, Thai Iced Tea $3.50, Whole Fresh Young Coconut $6.00, Beer $5.00 to $7.00, Sangria $10.00 to $25.00, Handcrafted Cocktails $12.00