Spice Kit

Tucked on the ground floor of one of the flashy high-rises in SoMa, Spice Kit might make you think of Singapore, where bustling skyscrapers coexist with some of the world’s best street food. But at this sleek-but-low-key newcomer, partners Will Pacio (of French Laundry fame) and chef Fred Tang (a Ritz-Carlton alum) have taken the complex flavors of Vietnam, China and Korea to new heights with a focus on meticulously sourced local ingredients and naturally raised meat and produce. On any given weekday, the hungry lunch crowd, perhaps more used to turkey sandwiches than pork belly, overflows out the front door, waiting patiently for the first bite of a lemongrass-marinated pork bánh mì sandwich, prepared on a soft baguette. (Add a healthy dollop of Spice Kit’s homemade pâté for an additional 75 cents—the best three quarters you’ll ever spend.) Don’t miss the ridiculously flavorful, made-to-order ssäm (a Korean burrito, wrapped in rice paper, with a kimchi kick) and the addictive, bite-size pork-belly buns. Transport yourself to Seoul or the stalls of Hanoi before heading back to the grind. You may never eat turkey again.

sweet seats

Spice Kit is primarily a takeout operation but they do offer some outdoor tables and chairs that provide a wonderful venue on a nice day.

chew on this

The bread for the bánh mì sandwich comes from a Vietnamese bakery in Oakland, where bakers use a proportion of rice flour to keep the texture light.


Mon.–Fri. 10:30 AM–8 PM
Sat. 10:30 PM–3 PM
closed Sunday

Price of menu items

$6.75 (vegetarian ssäm) to $8.70 (short rib bánh mì with pâté)