Here’s the Dish: Intro to Eatsa

The future is now. I grew up saying this silly phrase about the simplest of things, such as referencing a popcorn machine or a remote control. However, I whole-heartedly mean this statement when I’m describing this fast-and-casual style of fast food eatery.  Eatsa, a relatively quaint restaurant in the heart of the financial district in San Francisco, was all the rage amongst techies and young professionals, for they can quickly grab a quinoa-based meal in a matter in a few minutes despite the long lunch lines. These bowls are always served in a to-go style container for quick meals to grab during the lunch break.

The rave and praise about Eatsa is from the “innovative” way of placing your order on an ipad and later receiving your meal through a clear LCD screen cubby with your name displayed on the front. After you order, the TV above the cubbies has the list of customers in order of when you pay, so you can keep track of when you will approximately receive your meal. The whole process is human worker interaction-free, if you don’t count the sole worker at the front of the door in case confused customers need assistance. Just be prepared to pay with card, for cash is not allowed.

The actual food was delicious, to say the least. Although Eatsa is a vegetarian restaurant (apparently to keep the costs low), their protein-filled quinoa bowls are hearty because there are so many different components in the meal. The menu extends from a burrito bowl, a bento bowl, to a curry bowl, and many other choices. Also, you can customize your own bowls to whatever you heart contents, as well as adjust the bowls that are already on the menu! Moreover, the bowls are affordable: all costing at $6.95, which is well-worth the cost for a filling meal. However, this is from the opinion of a small girl with a relatively tiny appetite. When I went with Mina (of Satirical Society for Scintillating Sentences), she finished her bowl, while I got full quickly and saved the other half.

I enjoy this modern twist to relative simple foods, for more people are enticed to try healthier options in a location where Super Duper, McDonald’s, and other artery-clogging restaurants are in the same area. The only inconvenient part to Eatsa is that it is only open during the weekday lunch rush, so only those who work in the financial district can easily order their beloved bowls. And those who work at that district are people who can most likely afford more expensive healthier choices anyway. However, the owners of Eatsa have plans to provide healthy meals to those in less access to cheap, organic options.

For make the ordering process even more faster, Eatsa has released an app that’s available in the App Store to order and pick up. It’s awe-inspiring to see how technologically driven our society is and how much more efficient things have become. Watch out in the next few days to read about the review of the actual food in my next post!