Whenever people asked me what was the best food I had in San Francisco, my answer never changed, the Roli Roti Gourmet Rotisserie. While my friend and I were planning what to do and eat at the Ferry Plaza Building, she found this on Yelp with great reviews. This food truck is one of the stars of the Farmer’s market at the Ferry Plaza Building.
Before reaching the Ferry Plaza Building, there were already a lot of food trucks parking in front of it. But, don’t get caught up by all those food trucks! Just keep walking towards the Ferry Plaza Building. It’s definitely worth it. We strolled through the food trucks, and sampled at some fruits booths in the farmer’s market while nosing for Roli Roti.
The queue was long, but it moved fast. The line-up is divided into two: one for porchetta sandwich, and the other one roasted chicken. They were so skilled and fast at disassemble the porchetta/chicken right out from the oven, and assemble it into a sandwich or plate it.
There are a lot of chickens and porchetta roasting at the back. It just smelled so good. You can see the chicken and porchetta getting browned. The fats dripped down, and got absorbed by the potatoes.
I couldn’t help to keep staring at those porchetta while waiting in line. One of the guys gave out some porchetta skins for us to try while waiting, and it was so crisp! I normally don’t eat the skin cause of it’s weird texture, but this is as crisp as chips, and it wasn’t greasy at all.
Since there aren’t that many items on the menu, we quickly settled on our order. First, the porchetta sandwich is a MUST! My eyes went wide open after I took the first bite. This might be one of the best sandwiches I have ever had. I’m not a meat person, but when I do have it, it has to be good. The crispy, tender, juicy porchetta, with caramelized onions, and arugula, in between the Acme bread, it can’t get any better!! It’s a combination of savory and sweetness. The generous amount of fresh arugula prevented the porchetta from being overkill. It helped to tone down the heaviness from the porchetta.
This is a very popular item at the farmer’s market. The porchetta is roasted for 4 hours, until crispy brown on the outside, and succulent on the inside.
We also ordered the roli combo, which consists of 1/4 chicken, and side of potatoes. The chicken was so juicy that we had to make sure we don’t get any on our shirts! It was also very tender that we were able to eat it with fork and knife. The chicken are roasted with a generous sprinkles of their own ix of herbs ands pieces. They grill the corn-fed chicken from Sonoma county. While it’s still hot, a squeeze of lime brings out the flavors of the chicken.
The rosemary potatoes are roasted under the rotisserie grills until golden brown. It has absorbed all the essence from the chicken and porchetta. Definitely a perfect accompaniment to the chicken/or sandwich! Though it ended up to be a bit salty.
Overall, it is definitely a gem that you would not want to miss at the farmer’s market. Don’t get intimated by the line, it moves fast! I still miss the flavors while writing up the post. My friend and I were so satisfied and content after the meal, and ready to bike our way across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito!
Roli Roti Gourmet Rotisserie (various locations)
Tel: +1 (510) 780-0335