NorCal Eats and Stuff

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Places I frequented when I was a Stanford student, and places I go to when I am in the Bay Area!
  • 244 Jackson St
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    8.6.2012

    Ambiance: 4 stars
    Food: 3.5 stars
    Service: 5 stars

    The place looks really cool: an actual lounge for drinking at the front, but a restaurant-feel in the back. I came here for Dine About Town, so I can only judge by that. I ordered a Long Island Iced Tea, and I found it to be quite expensive for something that tasted watered down. ): Our server was really nice though, and recommended a good wine that was not going to break our wallets.

    Food-wise, I had the following:
    + Daikon soup: this had blue crab meat and fuji apple, with some seaweed. I find it to be quite delicious for something that seemed a bit odd to me. It had a good, consistent texture with flavors that were not too overwhelming with the other ingredients.
    - Ribeye steak: this had peppercorn sauce and shiitake mushrooms. Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed because I love my steaks rare. It seems that only Europeans only know how to cook steaks rare, properly. My steak must have been medium-rare, at best, so I did not enjoy it. ): The sauce was tasty though, and the portion was generous, but I am going to dock my rating down because this place is a STEAK lounge and I was not satisfied.
    + Triple chocolate mousse cake: I was glad that I was able to get this without the nuts. It was quite yummy without being overly sweet. The complementing ice cream also went well with it.

    Overall, for Dine About Town, I did not think it was entirely worth it, but it is the experience that counts. I did also sample some macaroni and cheese, as well as truffle fries, both were really good. All-in-all, the steak did not steal the show for my experience, but everything else did.

  • 925 El Camino Real
    Menlo Park, CA 94025
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    13.2.2011

    I actually want to give this place 3.5 stars, but since it was a good experience, I'll just round up! Okay, this place is DEFINITELY better than any place on University Ave. I also really like that their menu has pictures of everything they serve! Though they don't always appear to be the same when served.

    I ordered the rainbow roll and the dynamite roll. Though they were good, I definitely didn't feel that they were super fresh, as other reviews claim them to be. Maybe it's the season?  I really did enjoy the kick of the dynamite roll, it was flavorful and good.

    I also liked the service -- the servers were really nice without being overly assertive, like other restaurants. I would probably try coming back here in the near future to try their other rolls and sashimi.

  • 4.0 Sterne
    3.7.2012

    Ambiance: 3.5 stars
    Food: 4 stars
    Service: 4 stars

    This place serves fresh fish and has decent service. I ordered the tuna and butterfish nigiri pieces -- they were good, but not the best I have had. I also had the sake (salmon) and the hamachi (yellowtail) sashimi -- they were much better, but I have to say the salmon far exceeded the yellowtail.

    The restaurant is small, but not cramped. It is also not too loud so you can have a perfectly acceptable family dinner here or a date. No shouting matches among your party.

    The service is okay, they are not too in-your-face nor do they pretend you are not there until you ask for the bill. Also, check to see if you get the right bill. On my first visit, they gave us someone else's bill, but they kindly cancelled the charge and gave us the correct bill.

  • 4.0 Sterne
    8.6.2012

    Another awesome cafe that opens from early morning to late at night in Berkeley. To be honest, though, I usually come here at night for food when everything else is closed, or when I am craving breakfast. I try to avoid coming here during peak hours/days when the Cal students come here to use the free wi-fi or take over tables to study.

    The service is typically good, and seems to be getting better. You have to sit yourself inside the restaurant first, and the menus are usually there before a server assists you. Sometimes, they may miss you if you are stuck in a blind spot or a corner, so be assertive if you are really missed!!

    Food:
    + Waffles: I love waffles. The waffles here are not Belgian-style, but they are pretty good. I love the whipped cream and strawberries option they offer. One time, they made a smiling face on my waffle! It was really nice. The sausages come in several options (chorizo, Italian, hot link, etc.). The hot link sausage is really spicy! The other sausages I had were okay, not the highlight of the meal. It also comes with two eggs, however you like them.
    + Buffalo wings: Another great late-night snack. You might even want to get a beer with it. The plate comes with a good amount of wings for a good price. There is buffalo sauce, in addition to ranch.
    + Omelet: You can create your own omelet. I like adding a lot of spice and veggies, along with sausage and bacon. I usually enjoy this the most, after the waffle.
    + BLT: This was also a good sandwich, a good size.
    + White Clam Chowder: This surfaces once a week as their daily soup of the day. I thought it was okay for something you can order in Berkeley.

    Overall, the food is okay to "pretty good." It is nothing spectacular, but for the price and the convenience, there is no complaint here. It can sometimes get really loud, so if you do plan to study here, bring a headset or something.

  • 19645 Stevens Creek Blvd
    Cupertino, CA 95014
    Vereinigte Staaten
    3.0 Sterne
    3.4.2010

    Came here with a group of friends last night to start off the first weekend of the quarter. One reason for coming to Cupertino is because Palo Alto is a terrible place for Japanese food, and trying new places is always an interesting experience.

    For the most part, the waitresses were nice but very disorganized. Also, there were a lot of communication issues -- not really sure if they understood English most of the time. The most frustrating part is that there were three individuals who were trying to take care of our dinner and mixed up a few orders here and there.

    Now, on to the food: I had the special nigiri along with a few rolls (California and crab). My verdict: delicious. However, I found the price to be a bit too high for the serving size and contents, but it's okay -- Palo Alto is usually worse in price and quality.

    Would have given Azuma 4 stars if the service improved -- maybe next time?

  • 4.0 Sterne
    17.1.2012

    Food: 4 stars
    Service: 5 stars
    Ambiance: 4 stars

    I came here for Sunday brunch with my friend because our favourite Italian place was not open for lunch. We were seated immediately upon entering, and we had the nicest waitress ever! She did not mind that we took our time to decide what we wanted to drink, and she even offered to let me switch my beer choice if I did not like the one I ordered. (Fortunately for her, I did like the beer I ordered -- the Samuel Adams Summerfest!)

    The bread was so good, and there is a lot of it in the basket! I ordered the Ouefs Liaison (poached eggs on Dungeness crab cakes, topped with sauce Bearnaise). I do not usually eat eggs, but this was delicious! The crab cakes...ahhhhh, it was like being in crab heaven. So good!

    Theb basket of bread is plentiful and fresh, but do not fill up on them! Also, their portions of food are huge. Lots of potatoes on the side. I never finish them. The dinner was not as spectacular as their brunch menu, but they do offer 10% off if you show your Cal ID!

    I definitely need to come back here. (:

  • 6534 Washington St
    Yountville, CA 94599
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    3.11.2012

    Ambiance: 4 stars
    Food: 4 stars
    Service: 4 stars

    Tip: Make a reservation via OpenTable! Guarantees you seating on a packed weekend.

    I have to be honest, I had high expectations after eating so often at the Bouchon Beverly Hills. It did not exceed those, but I did enjoy it a lot! Even more than the one at the Time Warner Center in NYC. It is quite small, with limited seating inside, but there is seating available outside.

    The servers are really friendly and great -- which is expected at an upscale restaurant or a Thomas Keller restaurant. Their sparkling water is great, and would recommend it.

    FOOD: I ordered the chicken liver pate with toasted bread. I really enjoyed the pate, and it comes in a good-sized jar. I would probably suggest sharing it -- I ate it all myself and was unable to finish my entire entree! I also ordered the steak frites. The steak is amazing, especially with the shallots. The fries are massive in amount, but if you do not finish them, they are still good if you take them home and reheat them later. The Hope & Grace Pinot Noir wine was also a great pairing for the food.

    SERVICE: Excellent, excellent, excellent. Our server recommended a really good wine, too.

    AMBIANCE: As an upscale restaurant, you will be expected to be around a sophisticated crowd -- so, no children or teenagers, really. What I did not like was how little space I had around me at the booth. Tables are literally spaced together, so if you decide to take the inside seating, you will have to move the table to get in and out.

    I loved Bouchon, and I cannot wait to try Ad Hoc and The French Laundry someday.

  • 498 Jefferson St
    San Francisco, CA 94109
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    7.6.2012

    Excellent clam chowder and excellent service! I only eat the white clam chowder in bread bowl.

    When served with complimentary bread, the sourdough is the best choice. Seriously.  Their beer list is also a bit limited, but why not get one with your chowder? Also, get the white clam chowder over the red clam chowder. The white clam chowder tastes better.

    Also, the sourdough bread bowl was not as fresh, so I would not expect you to eat it all, sadly. However, the clam chowder is delicious. (:

    My most recent server, Kelly, was super awesome. She was very welcoming, courteous and helpful. She made the experience very fun and easygoing.

  • 5.0 Sterne
    25.7.2012

    "The most romantic restaurant in Carmel-by-the-Sea."

    My friend and I ate here during our Monterey weekend. It was recommended by one of his co-workers and we made a reservation by phone a few hours ahead of time. It was really interesting to eat at a restaurant with so much history in Carmel!

    We were seated outdoors, where holiday lights shine brightly. It gets really crowded here, but there is enough space for you to get around the floor area, and you do not feel too cramped. The menu has plenty of stuff to eat, ranging from Italian to French. The raw oysters were yummy and fresh!! I wish I had more of them to eat. I had the seafood linguine, which was AMAZING. My friend ordered scallops which were also so good (and I usually hate eating scallops!). We also had a Riesling wine paired with our meal, which complemented very well with the seafood dishes! To end our meal, we had creme brulee, which was one of the best I have ever eaten!

    Service here was good. Because it gets really busy, it took some time for us to get attention from our waitress. However, she was very nice and did her best to serve what must have been 10 tables out of the entire restaurant by herself.

    Overall, SO WORTH IT to be here. Prices were reasonable for the quantity and especially the quality. Would love to eat here again! (:

  • 444 University Ave
    Palo Alto, CA 94301
    Vereinigte Staaten
    5.0 Sterne
    30.5.2014

    My BFF told me that this is her favourite macaron place. So I had to try it out. Found out that Chantal Guillon used to be a 'Lette shop -- not sure if it is true, but I can definitely see the similarities in the macarons' physical appearance and the shop setup.

    I ordered five macarons: Persian rose, dark chocolate, pistachio, red velvet, Earl Grey, salted caramel. I actually brought them back to LA to my former coworkers a day and a half after I purchased them. I made sure to refrigerate them and store them properly between purchase and eating. I tried the Persian rose macaron, and it was really good!! SO MUCH BETTER THAN 'LETTE. The cookie had a nice crisp, and the ganache was perfect. Honestly, I was skeptical of how good these were, but they were actually the best macarons I have had in the Bay Area!

    Price was $11 for half a dozen. Not bad at all!!! I was expecting to pay more because, let's face it, Bay Area cost of living is much higher than that of LA's. My coworkers also agreed that these were super delicious. Tasty macarons in the Bay Area mission was complete! (:

    Would definitely recommend my friends and fellow Yelpers to give this place a try!

  • 398 Hillsdale Shopping Center
    San Mateo, CA 94403
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    7.8.2012

    Ambiance: 4 stars
    Food: 4 stars
    Service: 4.5 stars

    I have been here a few times before during college, and now that I live two blocks away, I am here more often. So, I am not basing this review on just one review, I am basing this on at least three reviews.

    Unlike some people, I do not dine-in for just cheesecake, let alone the National Cheesecake Day. I find myself here for lunch or sometimes a really late dinner (since it is open late in the Hillsdale area).

    The servers I have had are really nice. They make sure that my guest and I are not waiting for drinks or waiting around to place our orders in. They also make sure to let us know the progress of our orders, which is a PLUS.

    I usually order the hibachi steak, rare. I love that they do this better than other Cheesecake Factories I have been to! True to The Cheesecake Factory standards, the portions are very big, especially with the potato! The cheesecakes are the same all around, so I will not have a special comment about that, other than they are good. I also love that I can order their wheat bread and take them to go if I do not get extras during my meal. The wheat bread is sooo good, I thought it was rye!

    Anyway, I would come back here again. The wait is not too bad. The service is great. And the food is great.

  • 461 Emerson St
    Palo Alto, CA 94301
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    17.11.2008

    This is the best Chinese restaurant I have been to around the Stanford area. The food is really good, and it is as authentic as Chinese food can get here in America. I would recommend starting off with a soup; the Seafood Deluxe Soup is really delicious! I love the Kung Pao Chicken, Broccoli in Oyster Sauce, and Chow Fun. I would definitely recommend eating here!

  • 2020 Shattuck Ave
    Berkeley, CA 94704
    Vereinigte Staaten
    3.0 Sterne
    25.10.2012

    I want to give 3.5 stars actually! This is one of your typical "hip" restaurants on Shattuck in Downtown Berkeley. Wait time can be an hour or more, but it really depends on how many people are in your party.

    I went to Comal during Cal's Homecoming weekend, and it was really packed. Our party of five waited forty minutes, so it was not as bad as an hour. We sat indoors and not the outdoor patio, so it was louder indoors.

    I was surprised by the menu's items (how few there were for such a place!) and the price! Of course, this was expected and once you are there, you have to try the recommended dishes. I am not a fan of enchiladas, but my friends liked it. The chips and salsa were good. The corn was also good. The ribs were good. Basically, the food is good! However, the portions and price...are not so great. The draft selection of beer was also not so good.

    Would not suggest you eat here if you are really starving and low on funds. Would recommend that you eat here if you want to try something different from typical Mexican restaurants though! I was not too impressed with my experience, and I probably will not be back here anytime soon.

  • 41 W Hillsdale Blvd
    San Mateo, CA 94403
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    30.10.2012

    I do not usually eat burgers, but when I do, I like to build my own.

    I love that there are so many combinations of burgers you can build. My personal favorite: 1/3 pound burger, with buns, lettuce, Monterey Jack cheese, pickles, tomatoes, and spicy mustard sauce. I have to admit, I hate getting my hands dirty when eating, but it is kind of inevitable. But there are a steak knife and a fork!

    The customer service has been great for me, during all my visits. I have eaten at the bar once, and the server was a little much for me. I stick with eating at the tables when there is nothing interesting to watch on TV, ha.

    The wait can be long on weeknights, but I never experienced more than ten minutes of waiting. It is a great place to eat with friends and kids seem to enjoy it too! The beer selection is neat. I love German brews (I mean, I lived there for a while), and I was really glad they had Spaten on tap.

  • 3395 El Camino Real
    Santa Clara, CA 95051
    Vereinigte Staaten
    3.0 Sterne
    5.1.2013

    Ambiance: 4 stars
    Food: 3-4 stars (depending what you order)
    Price: Pretty expensive for the seafood (so be prepared!)
    Service: 4 stars

    So, most people come here for the live octopus experience, among other unique things. However, they do offer Korean tofu dishes you would typically find at Korean restaurants.

    What I ate:
    + live baby octopus
    + sea cucumber
    + fresh halibut sashimi

    The live baby octopus was an interesting experience. I have eaten octopus before, so I did not find it disgusting, although it was sticky, haha. The sea cucumber was really slimy, and the texture was really difficult to chew -- it is an acquired taste for people, apparently. The halibut sashimi came with a lot of side dishes, my goodness. Because the halibut sashimi literally comes from fresh, live fish, the textures are not as nice as ones you find at sushi restaurants. It was interesting to try though. "When in Rome," right?

    The prices are...well, I will say you should expect to spend quite a bit, depending on how much you eat. Live baby octopus run at about $5-6/octopus, sea cucumber was by the pound ($13?), and the halibut sashimi was $80 for 2 pounds (3 people).

    The service was good. Servers were really nice, and food did not take too long to come out. The atmosphere was really chill, too.

    As I said, it was an interesting experience. Do not come here to order tofu or Korean barbecue. Be a bit adventurous, the opportunities are here! (:

  • 1600 Shattuck Ave
    Berkeley, CA 94709
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    8.6.2012

    One of the few places in Berkeley which opens early in the morning to a relatively later time at night. It is known for crepes, which I ordered to-go once. I had the Tuscan crepe to-go, and found it to be really big in portions! I was unable to finish my fries after. The second time I was here, I ordered the Denver omelet, which was more surprising. (: My friend ordered the crabcakes, which was also really good for the price.

    The service here is really good. The employees are really nice, and the service is fast.

  • 317 Sanchez St
    San Francisco, CA 94114
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    14.3.2012

    This restaurant was described to me as authentic and one of the best in SF, and because I was visiting my friend, I let him choose. Came here on a Saturday afternoon with my friend under a reservation -- turns out a reservation was not really necessary, but it was nice that we could sit where we wanted due to it. The place is really small, so you may want to make a reservation.

    The most raved item is the tofu. Personally, I do not like tofu, so I did not try it, but it looked fresh! I ordered the sashimi lunch special, which consisted of seven slices of fresh salmon, tuna and eel, a bowl of rice, miso soup and cucumber sunomono. The fishes were delicious, but it was not filling, so order more if you ever decide to get this!

    As for service, we were seated promptly and the waitress was very nice and catered to us when we needed it. Parking around the area can be really difficult to find, but other than that, not a bad place to eat at.

  • 700 Cannery Row
    Monterey, CA 93940
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    6.7.2012

    First visit to Monterey and booked this via OpenTable! It is conveniently located in the Steinbeck Plaza, and is known for their seafood variety and steaks!

    For dinner, my friend and I had:
    + Clam Chowder: the best clam chowder I have ever had. It is definitely worth it to take a day trip out here to try! Much better than anything in San Francisco.
    + Ribeye steak and lobster tail: the lobster was giant, and the ribeye steak was properly cooked when I asked for rare, yay. It was a large portion, and I definitely recommend this dish if someone has a large appetite!
    + The Captain's Special: a filet mignon (or something similar, I forgot) and half lobster tail. The lobster tail was seasoned differently than the one that came with the ribeye steak combo. The steak was better tasting and better cooked though!
    + Chocolate mousse: excellent! Very chocolaty but also not overly sweet.
    + Beers: they have local Monterey beers here! The Monterey wheat was good!

    Service was excellent. Our server did not hassle us, but he did provide the service we needed to have a great evening and meal.

    Also, the view from this restaurant is so amazing -- have dinner here during sunset and watch the clouds change colors over the Pacific.

  • 4.0 Sterne
    4.5.2014

    I have no idea why people are giving this place one-star reviews when they say the food is good. Trolls, maybe? I have to agree with Yowz A.: there are a lot of reviewers who have no understanding or appreciation for sushi.

    I came here with a bit of hesitation based on a lot of the negative reviews. However, I still decided to eat here because I was famished and it was one of the few places still open at the Japan Center past 8 PM.

    Was satisfied with the immediate seating. I also liked that a good amount of time was given to my friends and me to look through the menu and decide our orders. Oddly enough, our sushi came out before our tapa -- but I am not complaining! Service seemed to go a bit downhill after we were finished with our meals. The check did take a little while to come, although we asked for it twice. So, the inconsistent service is the only reason I am not giving this place five stars.

    Food-wise, everything was great. My chirashi was colourful and fresh -- just the way I like it! The nigiri deluxe special also looked really good (my friend ordered that). Just take note that the food here is really in the $20-30 price range per person, but the fish quality is excellent.

  • 1131 Cherry St
    San Carlos, CA 94070
    Vereinigte Staaten
    5.0 Sterne
    7.6.2012

    Ambiance: 5 stars
    Food: 5 stars
    Service: 4.5 stars

    This is a great sit-in restaurant in the Peninsula. The people who own the restaurant are very friendly and courteous. For food, I ordered the nigiri chef special, which was quite plentiful for the price. The fish was very fresh, and it was put together very well, unlike some places where the rice falls apart right when your chopsticks touch it.

    Since it is a small sit-in, there are not too many tables, and parking is a bit difficult when the lot is full, and if you do not know the area. However, the seating and the tables are not too terribly close to each other and it is quite comfortable. I definitely recommend this place to those seeking great sushi in the Bay Area.

  • 4.0 Sterne
    8.1.2012

    I am not a vegetarian, but I am Chinese, and I thought this place was rather delicious. I will have to admit that I ordered more traditional Chinese dishes, such as beef and broccoli and General's Chicken and the roasted duck -- they were all wonderful. The beef did taste more like soy compared to the mock poultry animals.

    If ordering here, stick with mock poultry animals, they will taste more like the actual stuff than the beef or pork. And get the duck, it is good!

  • 415 Sansome St
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    Vereinigte Staaten
    3.0 Sterne
    13.6.2012

    Ambiance: 4 stars
    Food: 3 stars
    Service: 4 stars

    I want to give this place 4 stars, but I think I will wait for another visit to do so! I came here for lunch when I went to SF with a friend on a weekday because he really wanted to take me here. He told me that the oysters here were really good, so we ordered those. And they were good!

    For dishes, I was not really into anything on the menu (I love shellfishes and raw fish, but not really cooked fishes), so I ordered the bratwurst. Wait, did I just order a German dish at a seafood restaurant? Yeah, I know, I have no idea why I did that, but I was hungry, and it sounded like the best thing on the menu to me. I had low expectations for the bratwurst because, well, this is a seafood place. Anyway, the bratwurst was mediocre, the sauce was desperately needed to compensate for the plainness of the sausage. The potatoes and veggies were okay.

    I do have to say that the service and the environment of the place were very pleasant -- well-lit and not too loud so that you can actually have a conversation with your group without shouting matches with neighbors.

    Anyway, I would love to come back here again, perhaps for dinner, and try their other dishes. I did enjoy their raw oysters though, that is for sure.

  • 4.0 Sterne
    20.4.2009

    ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT + ALL-YOU-CAN-DRINK (soda, that is) = HAPPINESS

    I came here the other day to have dinner with a friend, and let me tell you, I did not expect to have a delicious meal for such a great price. Yes, there is an offer right now for groups up to 6 to save $5 per person on the all-you-can-eat offer. What's offered for the all-you-can-eat-barbecue? There are galbi, bulgogi, pork belly, barbecue chicken, beef brisket, and spicy pork meat -- all are marinated.

    They also change the grill for you every time you request more meat! The service was also amazing, checking to see if we needed anything or filling our drinks when they were almost gone.

    Personally, I love the spicy pork meat, galbi and bulgogi -- why else would I have ordered that in twice the amount of the other three? Also, take advantage of this great offer while you can! It's totally worth it!

  • 4.0 Sterne
    7.6.2012

    Not bad for a place owned by a Korean family. It is located at Jack London Square, not too far of a walk. For food, I did not actually get sushi, although I did have a nigiri, that I thought was okay.

    I ordered the soba, which was quite filling, to my surprise. The noodles were not spectacular but did go well with the dipping sauce. I also had half an order of their Diablo roll, which was actually quite tasty (I usually do not order rolls, so I was pleasantly surprised).

    I do not have complaints against this restaurant so I do not feel the need to rate it low. I mean, if it satisfies me and does not taste bad, there is no reason to bash on it. I mean, I would eat here again.

  • 367 Stanford Shoppng Ctr
    Palo Alto, CA 94304
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    5.0 Sterne
    10.8.2010

    In terms of American chocolate, Godiva pretty much has me sold. I love, love, love the truffles -- both chocolate and ice cream! The employees here are also super nice -- always helpful about what's good and giving samples. As a club member, I sometimes get twice the samples because I come here so often and get gifts for people.

  • 542 Green St
    San Francisco, CA 94133
    Vereinigte Staaten
    3.0 Sterne
    13.4.2013

    For a late-night place, they make pretty good pizza. Definitely a popular spot late at night, especially for really inebriated folks. The wait was not too bad, but of course the lines are usually out the door, and waiting outside could be a little cold.

    I had the combination pizza, which had almost all the basic ingredients one usually eats with pizza. It was warmed up immediately, and it was good. Definitely better than delivery pizza.

    Remember, CASH ONLY!

  • 4.0 Sterne
    7.6.2012

    Ambiance: 4 stars
    Food: 4.5 stars
    Service: 5 stars

    My first Burmese restaurant, but not my first Burmese food experience! If you are unsure as to whether you want to eat here, they do allow you to check out the menu before making a decision to eat. However, once you take a peek inside, it is difficult to fight your inner curiosity.

    After reading the owners' messages at the back of the menu, I decided to try their recommended dishes. I had the tea salad (no nuts since I am allergic). The tea salad was mixed at the table, and it was one of the best salads I have ever had. Just delicious.

    I also had the curry pork, which was actually really good. There is a hint of mango in the curry, and the portions were quite well for the price. I was also really satisfied with the service throughout the dinner -- there was not too much harassment and any assistance requested was answered promptly. I definitely would come back here for the salad and curry.

  • 3.0 Sterne
    17.2.2011

    Just one of the number of restaurants on University Ave. I was recommended by a friend to come here to eat. I ordered the beef ribs, which I found to be better than most foods on University Ave., but when compared to other Korean restaurants in the area, such as So Gong Dong Tofu House, I was disappointed with not only the flavour, but also the proportions and price!

    I will say that the servers are nice, but the service can be ridiculously slow even when it's not very busy. I also like that it's super clean and not dim-lit. For people who want to fill up on food, I'd suggest ordering the bibimbap or another dish.

  • 540 El Camino Real
    Redwood City, CA 94063
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    4.0 Sterne
    6.5.2009

    This is the best Japanese restaurant I have been to in NorCal. The location is convenient off of El Camino Real, but the parking lot is rather small, and the restaurant is basically converted from a house. It does give a cozy, homely feeling that is very comfortable to eat in. The prices are decent, but the food is really delicious. I personally love the sushi and the rolls! I recommend this to people who love them too.

  • 202 2nd Ave
    San Mateo, CA 94401
    Vereinigte Staaten
    5.0 Sterne
    7.6.2012

    My new favourite ramen place in the Bay Area! (: I love soy sauce flavored ramen (shoyu), and the broth was good, although I enjoy adding some spice to it. The noodles were good too, although not the best I have had. I also like that I can add additional toppings, which is not something you get to do often at other places.
    The service here is also friendly, although it can get a little slow when crowded. I love that it is open late (meaning, it closes after 10pm!). Yay! Parking can be a bit difficult in Downtown San Mateo, but with enough determination, you might be able to park close.

  • 4.0 Sterne
    1.6.2012

    A good late-night, sit-down restaurant in Jack London Square. I was really interested in trying this place because of its popularity and menu. I ordered the fried chicken and waffle with scrambled egg. The food was really delicious.I really enjoyed the portions of the waffle and chicken.

    The only dissatisfying part of my experience was the wait and service. Although the place seemed to be quite busy, in terms of preparing to close, I felt that the service could have been more attentive. The waiters were courteous though, and approachable.

    I would come back.

  • 2130 Center St
    Berkeley, CA 94704
    Vereinigte Staaten
    3.0 Sterne
    7.6.2012

    One of the Bay Area's Top 100 Restaurants! So I decided to try this place out to cross off the list.

    I was not too thrilled about the wait. The service was a bit slow to sit my friend and me down even though the table was ready moments before. The seating is not too uncomfortable, but it is cramped and confined.

    We ordered the following:
    + minced chicken with yolk -- this tasted like a chicken sausage but it went well with the egg yolk and sauce!
    - chicken breast rolled with shiso -- the chicken breast was too dry on one side, and I did not particularly enjoy it
    + chicken neck yakitori -- this was a good recommendation by the server! I also recommend it.
    + chicken thigh with leek -- this was also a good recommendation, but I found some of the meat to be a bit overcooked
    + chicken shoulder blade -- I found this to be so-so. The lemon made it taste better, otherwise it would have been kind of bland
    + spicy chicken tartare topped with yolk -- this is the thing that you should come here for. It is actually really good. My favorite that evening!

    Okay, so the food was good, overall. Not as great as I expected, and rather small in proportion and super pricey! It is also very loud inside, so you probably would not want to have an intimate dinner with your significant other or your parents here. As I stated earlier, the service was extremely slow, although it was quite busy, but it was ridiculously slow. Overall, I will say this place is "A-OK." The food is great, but this review also considers the service and ambiance.

    I might come back here, but probably not sometime in the next year.

  • 3723 S El Camino Real
    San Mateo, CA 94403
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    12.12.2012

    An alternative to The Counter, maybe. It has a really diner-like feel, which is kind of cool. I really liked the variety of burgers offered. The service is also really good, our waitress was really nice and was really good with communicating to us when our order would be ready.

    There is also limited beer on tap, but I really enjoyed the Austrian beer on tap (forgot the name at the moment, but there is a brewery in Berkeley as well). I ordered the fiery burger (which has the Monterey Jack cheese, jalapenos, and some other spices). That burger was not too bad until I got towards the end, but the beer helped with that. The sweet potato fries were pretty good too.

    I would recommend my friends to eat here.

  • 2.0 Sterne
    17.11.2008

    This place is a decent Chinese restaurant to eat at around the Stanford area. Their chow fun is too dry compared to other places I have eaten at. I would prefer to eat at its underrated neightbor China Delight (two doors to the right).

  • 4.0 Sterne
    22.3.2009

    Not only is the food really good, but the service here is amazing -- they really take care of you! And they also dance when certain songs come on, so it's like you're getting a show while you're eating. ;) I would recommend ordering any seafood dish over a chicken dish. (:

    My recommendation: the crab bucket! The corn and sausages won't disappoint you either. Also, the shrimps are delicious.

  • 30 S B St
    San Mateo, CA 94401
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    12.12.2012

    One of the better sushi places I have been to in Downtown San Mateo. The prices are so reasonable for the amount of food you order! I have not yet sat down at the bar -- usually because a lot of people do and I never make it in time before they do, but I will tell about my other dinner experiences.

    I love, love salmon sashimi, and their salmon sashimi combo is HUGE. I mean, there are nigiri, sashimi, and rolls on a platter. The fish is pretty fresh, and you really cannot go wrong with the sashimi. I have had both the regular chirashi and the deluxe chirashi, and they are so good! The chirashi deluxe comes with uni (sea urchin), which I am not really fond of, but if you like that, then this may be for you!

    The service here can be a bit slow, especially when you first enter and are not seated immediately. But don't let that discourage you from eating here.

  • 3.0 Sterne
    4.9.2010

    Wow, am I going to a different place than these other recent reviewers? My time here was nothing near as bad as these people claim to be. First off, I found the service on a Friday evening to be pretty darn good, compared to other Thai restaurants in the area: my friend and I were seated immediately, water was served, and the waiter took our orders promptly.

    My friend and I shared the fried shrimp wrapped in egg roll skin (it's called lady...something, you'll know what I mean when you see it on the menu), pad see ew, and catfish in spicy sauce (okay, this might not be the name of the dish, but you'll definitely see it on the menu). The fried shrimp was good, I never really thought of wrapping shrimp in egg roll skin and vegetables and serving them as finger foods -- it was quite a pleasing appetizer.

    The pad see ew and the fish were so flavourful! I really enjoyed the fish because the sauce had an amazing kick to it that complemented the fish meat very well. I was also confused with the shape of the see ew (it is more square than long), but, hey, it was also good. I also love that they serve a good amount of vegetables and meats with the noodles so it does not feel as though I'm getting the short end of something.

    As for price range, each appetizer ranges from $6-10, and an entrée is at least $10. It was such a better experience than the one I had at ThaiPhoon down the street.

  • 929 Edgewater Blvd
    Foster City, CA 94404
    Vereinigte Staaten
    3.0 Sterne
    7.8.2012

    Ambiance: 4 stars
    Food: 3 stars
    Service: 3.5 stars

    A restaurant situated next to the bay water in Foster City. The view is nice outdoors, and the decorations inside complement the ambiance of the restaurant well. I was here for lunch on a Monday, right before they closed for their intermission between lunch and dinner.

    The service here is a little above average -- no problems here. I ordered the chirashi and my friend ordered their bento box combo. The sashimi I had was amazingly fresh, but the rice was lacking in quality -- in fact, I found it to be really terrible for the amazing fish I was eating. My friend found his pork to be very battered, but the meat quality seemed good. Hopefully, this was just an off-moment since we arrived right before the lunch break.

    Overall, they offer very fresh and high-quality ingredients, but the preparations could be better. I would not mind coming back here again and giving this place another go.

  • 365 Gellert Blvd
    Daly City, CA 94015
    Vereinigte Staaten
    3.0 Sterne
    10.5.2014

    Like most people, I have to say the food is really good, but the service is sooooo bad!!! So, it'll even out to 3 stars. I want to give it 3.5-4 stars, but the service just made it impossible.

    Probably one of the fanciest dim sum places I have been to, ever! The long wait is really, really ridiculous. Expect to wait at least an hour if you are here after 11am on weekends. I really like the ornate clouds at the ceiling in the main dining area. Contrary to the waiting area, the dining area is far more spacious and a lot brighter.

    The food was interesting. There are traditional dim sum dishes, and there are also fusion items that I have never seen at other dim sum places. My favourite thing was the ha gow. There is a crispy, salty (I don't know the name of this, sorry!!) addition on top, which made it even better. The sweet tofu was good too.

    The thing I hated most was: THE SERVICE. Seriously, there were no dim sum carts going around. Most of my table's orders had to be fulfilled by menu or by asking one of the busboys to retreat our orders. It was extremely disappointing. Not to mention, some of the dim sum ladies were just rude and ignored my table when we were obviously looking for some items. I also felt bad for other dim sum cart ladies because it was pretty obvious no one wanted what they had, but they still had to walk around with them.

    Anyway, I would come back here just for the food because great dim sum in the Bay Area is so hard to find. It is really pricey though, like others said. If you're patient and can tolerate bad service, give this place a try!

  • 4.0 Sterne
    25.7.2012

    Um, why the heck is this restaurant filed under "Chinese"?! Yes, there are obviously non-Korean workers at this restaurant, but does that make the food unauthentic? I do not think so. Also, the owners are Korean and do prepare the food as well.

    Anyway, this place is located in the Koryo plaza, where there are a lot of other Korean eateries. They are known for their noodles, and they are delicious, and plentiful for the amount paid!

    I had the spicy gan ja jang, which was really good! The non-spicy gan ja jang is also really good, and tasty. I really like the service too! Very friendly and they replenish the radish for you when you eat it all. (:

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