There's a certain American appeal to the size of the sushi rolls served here. The sushi isn't like any I've had anywhere else. You get the delicateness of sushi, in Costco size portions.
The salmon fire roll is my absolute favorite sushi, perhaps anywhere.
Service has been fabulously fast all the times I've been here.
List of Favorite rolls:
Scallop Volcano Roll
Love this place for the authentic Chinese food. Has a delicious crispy frog, and a great porridge selection for lunch.
I came here for Chinese New Year with a group of friends. The waiter was fantastic-- funny and entertaining. It was a great experience. The dinner deals for 10 people are a steal.
Had been looking for a decent Chinese seafood buffet around the Peninsula, and Villa 08 does not disappoint. At $17 for all you can eat, it's a steal to bring a big group of hungry students for an outing.
The dimsum and sushi is of variable quality, but their traditional Chinese seafood dishes are excellent, particularly the fried crab as well as the frog. They do the Chinese American dishes very nicely as well, such as walnut prawns and the sesame chicken.
I think my first reason for going to the Cheesecake Factory in Palo Alto was that I felt homesick for Boston and undergrad upon arriving at Stanford for grad school. I used to go to the Cheesecake Factory in Kendall Square all the time, and it was one of the few places I really felt at home in here in California. There's just something about the fact that all the restaurants have the high ceilings and slightly gaudy (or very gaudy?) Las Vegas Egyptian look. The fact that the menus were identical between Boston and Stanford made me feel right at home.
Nothing like the avocado egg rolls. The fried mac and cheese is also awesome. Recently (as in tonight) I rediscovered to joys of the Factory Peach Bellini. I think it's the champagne in it that gets me toasty drunk very quickly. Therefore, forgive any spelling errors I may have made in this review.
So good! So cheap! For the price of McDonald's value meal, you can get a giant bowl of pho. *And* it's open till 2 or 3 in the evening, so it's a great place to go after a night out. It's right across from Stephen's Green and the Buddha Lounge.
The gelato here is pretty good (there's a big selection as well). But the decor and the late hours that they are open are why I like this place so much. There's lots of little mosaic tables that are really cute. The gelato comes in fancy plastic cups, which always look like to me to be too good to be disposable.
The cafe has two levels, and it's nice to sit on the balcony and watch Palo Alto pass by on a summer evening.
A lot of my friends seem to prefer Joanie's next door, but I really love Cafe Brioche. The duck confit and the cornmeal fried oysters are sublime. They always have a lot of choices for dessert. The food is amazingly well priced for how complex and subtle it is.
Oh yes, Spalti, my old friend. How I've missed you.
From September of 2004 till around Summer of 2005, my friends and I would eat at Spaltis once or twice a week. Classics of the menu: capellini pomadoro, their 4 cheese ravioli, and their risotto du jour when it's mushroom or seafood. And the flourless cake.
We stopped going when they changed our beloved pomodoro sauce recipe, devastating and traumatizing all of us so much we could never go back.
Spalti's *BEST FEATURE* is their complementary bread and sauce. It's just indescribably good. You have to go and try it.
Having grown up in an Indian neighborhood (yay Jackson Heights!), and having gone to school in Cambridge, I know Indian food fairly well. Darbar is an okay place. The food isn't very expensive, and the decor is nice. The food is acceptable, though a big generic. Anyone who eats Indian food on any consistent basis though will find it kinda "eh."
Despite that, it's still the best Indian place I've found in Palo Alto or the adjoining areas. I find myself just going to Darbar's as a first thought when I think of getting Indian. So perhaps I'm just eating there too often!
The food comes out fast, so for a quick bite, it's a great place to eat.
Every time I go, I always wish they take the Discover card.
|Here is a ongoing compilation of my reviews of the neighborhood clubs and bars.|