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Best Lobster Roll in the Bay Area?

We ended up staying in Tiburon and going to the Yankee Pier in Larkspur; cute place--rustic patio and deck, but underwhelming food. They didn't have the whole belly clams so I can't comment on them, but the oysters were flavorless, the wild gulf shrimp over cooked, and the lobster roll generous, moist--but under-seasoned--a 7.5/10. But perhaps that's the lack of flavor that Sundeck Sue is complaining about.
On the fish front, we had fabulous omakase at Sushi Ran in Sausalito--thoughtful, interesting presentations of local and Japanese fish (we went twice :)
Thanks for all your suggestions!

Best Lobster Roll in the Bay Area?

I'd read about Sam's, so it's good to hear positive reports. If we're staying in the city it's about a 40 minute drive which isn't too bad. Maybe we'll hit the NE Lobster Co on the way.

Best Lobster Roll in the Bay Area?

thanks for all the good suggestions; sounds delicious.

Best Lobster Roll in the Bay Area?

thanks, Melanie, I'll check it out.

Best Lobster Roll in the Bay Area?

Hi Chowhounders,

I'm looking for the best lobster roll in the San Francisco or the Bay Area and hope you can help. We were supposed to be going to Maine for my husband's birthday, but are unable to now, so I'd like to be able to take him somewhere to get a little of that Maine taste.

Thanks for your help!

two days in shibuya looking for sushi. ramen and yakatori

Hi,

You will be there before us! We're going to be in Tokyo in early Jan. Have a great time.

Dec 11, 2013
sportcat in Japan

two days in shibuya looking for sushi. ramen and yakatori

Yes, I did a search :)
I found one specific request from the Cerulean from 2010 but assumed that perhaps some restaurants might have come and gone in the intervening years. I also found other older threads.

Thank you for your recommendations.

Nov 26, 2013
sportcat in Japan

two days in shibuya looking for sushi. ramen and yakatori

thanks again for your help! My husband will be very happy with a Yakitori recommendation.

Nov 26, 2013
sportcat in Japan

two days in shibuya looking for sushi. ramen and yakatori

Marcus68 thank you for the recommendations! Pork cheek "char siu' sounds delicious. Thanks for all the links too; I really appreciate your helpfulness. I'm sure we are going to have a fabulous time.!

Nov 24, 2013
sportcat in Japan

two days in shibuya looking for sushi. ramen and yakatori

Ninisix, thank you so much for the recommendation complete with directions; you are most kind.

We're planning on eating Ramen and yakatori for lunch and sushi for dinner during our two day visit. Is it also a good idea to go the fish market area for sushi?

Nov 24, 2013
sportcat in Japan

two days in shibuya looking for sushi. ramen and yakatori

Thanks for your advice; it'll be hard to let go, but probably quite liberating too! I usually spend vast amounts of time researching restaurants, so just showing up and wandering around requires the control freak in me to relax my hold.

A Japanese friend of mine, who now lives in the States, basically said much the same to me a few weeks ago; she told me that all the sushi she had eaten in Tokyo on her numerous visits was good however fancy or basic the restaurant.

I'm sure we'll have fun; thanks for your good wishes!

Nov 23, 2013
sportcat in Japan

Akiko sushi vs. Ino recommendations please [San Francisco]

thank you so much for your help and suggestions; I think I'll stick with Akiko this time and give the other suggestions a try at a later date.

Thanks again!

two days in shibuya looking for sushi. ramen and yakatori

Hi Gargle,
I love that you describe San Francisco as "a small provincial town" :)

We'll be in Tokyo for two full days only. Our budget is flexible, but we're not experienced enough sushi eaters to need to break the bank to go to Sukiyabashi Jiro. My favorite Japanese restaurant in SF is actually outside the city--Sushi Ran in Sausalito. I love sushi, but my husband is more interested in ramen--the best we've had in the US is at Momofuku in NYC.

Thanks again for your help.

Nov 22, 2013
sportcat in Japan

two days in shibuya looking for sushi. ramen and yakatori

Hi Chowhounders,

We're visiting Chowhounds from San Francisco looking for great sushi (omakase) with an emphasis on nigiri/sashimi, and the best ramen and yakatori you can suggest. we're staying at the Cerulean Tower, Shibuya. This is our first time in Tokyo, and I see from looking at the boards that we've ended up in the equivalent of Times Square NYC.

That being said, we're adventurous and happy to jump on a train to find great food. Our main aim is to eat our way around Tokyo, so if you can help us out we'd be most grateful!

Also, any recommendations within walking distance, if the food is great would be wonderful.

Thanks so much for your help!

Nov 21, 2013
sportcat in Japan

Akiko sushi vs. Ino recommendations please [San Francisco]

Hi Chowhounders,

I'm looking for a good omakase experience in San Francisco; I'm staying in Japan town but am able to travel within the city. I have a reservation at Akiko but am also contemplating Ino; however, I'm put off by the negative reviews of the chef. I can deal with unfriendly, but would probably find rude behavior would color my appreciation of the meal. If there are other restaurants you think I should consider I'd be very happy to get your advice.

An interesting and high quality selection of fish is most important to me as I'm most interested in sushi and sashimi.

Thanks so much!

Wine country special occasion meal advice

Thanks for the suggestion. I'll give them a call today. I was under the impression that we would only be able to eat in the restaurant if we went for the whole nine course menu. I could probably persuade my husband to do five :)

Wine country special occasion meal advice

Thanks again. I've been to SolBar, but not to either of the others. Goose and Gander looks like a great place for a cocktail!

Wine country special occasion meal advice

thanks for the recommendation; we actually went to Terra to celebrate our first wedding anniversary, and I toyed with the idea of returning ten years later, but I think we want something more contemporary. I think the restaurant we're really looking for probably exists in SF and not the wine country.

Thanks for your help!

Wine country special occasion meal advice

thanks so much for the recommendations; we ate a Etoile a number of years ago, but found it a bit stuffy--could just have been our mood that night. I've also been to Redd--also a number of years ago and did the tasting menu with my sister. Found it somewhat overwhelming with both of us getting different dishes, so ended up tasting 10+ courses.
However, I've made a reservation at Redd and we'll stick to the a la carte! I'm happy that I'll still get to taste some of the offerings at Medowood as well, if only in the bar. My husband will not be swayed and I want us both to be happy on our anniversary dinner!

Thanks again for your help.

Wine country special occasion meal advice

Hi Chowhounders,

We're going to Napa for two nights at the end of October and I'm looking for some advice on a restaurant for a tenth wedding anniversary dinner. I'm on the waitlist for FL, but not holding my breath, but that being said, my husband is not a fan of extensive tasting menus, but would happily make an exception for FL. We have a reservation for Medowood (three courses in the bar; I couldn't persuade him to do the nine course menu in the restaurant) the day before our anniversary and a lunch at Bouchon the day after, but we need a restaurant for the day itself. Really good food is the most important criteria, but also want it to be nice enough to wear a suit and not feel out of place. We went to AQ in SF last year on your recommendation and had a great time (and have returned there multiple times). Something a little along those lines would be great but I'm not sure it exists in the wine country. We'll have a car so anywhere in that area is possible.

Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions.

Fat Tuesday dining recommendations?

I'll spend some time looking through past links,

thanks, Robert!

Fat Tuesday dining recommendations?

thanks for the recommendations--I think Angeline's is a little more our pace.

Fat Tuesday dining recommendations?

Hi Chowhounders,

I live in northern California but will be in the Bay Area on Tues Feb 12. I realize that this is Fat Tuesday and so was wondering if you have any suggestions of appropriate places to dine. I'll be staying in Berkeley but have a car and don't mind going in to the city if necessary. I'm coming down to attend my naturalization ceremony at the Paramount in Oakland (I'm becoming a citizen!) so would like somewhere a bit special--is there anywhere that fits the bill?

Thanks so much for your help.

Sea Asparagus (Samphire) for sale anywhere in the Bay Area?

fabulous! Thanks Robert. They are foraged in the UK also. In the summer in coastal areas locals sell huge bags of samphire from honesty boxes outside their houses. I love it steamed and served with melted butter; I could happily eat just that for a meal.

Sea Asparagus (Samphire) for sale anywhere in the Bay Area?

Dear Chowhounders,

I thought If anyone knows the answer to this question one of you would. I'm from the UK where Samphire is readily available, but have never seen it for sale here in the US. I was recently in Kauai and was served it in a restaurant there and found that it is cultivated on Oahu, and have since found a Canadian mail order company. But I'm hoping someone in San Francisco stocks it. I'm kind of obsessed with this delicious plant and would be very grateful for any help in tracking it down.

Thanks so much!

Alternative to Commonwealth?

Dear Chowhounders,

Thanks for your recommendations! We had a very enjoyable meal at AQ. Highlights were
chicken “crispy and poached”, autumn squashes, coffee & sage
beef poached in mushroom tea, green walnuts, horseradish & rye
potato with costal plants, oysters, roe & radish milk.
The chicken was my favorite dish of the night, and I thought it surpassed Commonwealth’s poached hen breast, which I love. The poached breast was very tender and the crispy (thigh, I think) was perfectly caramelized. The chicken was served with a winter squash soup that was poured into the dish on serving. The beef was cooked sous vide and came with a horseradish dumpling sitting in an intense broth, both of which were delicious and complimented the meltingly tender beef. Other less memorable dishes were the Brussels sprouts, mutsu apples, beer cream & cured ham—this in large part because the Brussels sprout component of the dish was a few fried leaves, and as a Brit who loves her sprouts I prefer a more substantial bite and sprout flavor. We also had the duck confit, camargue rice, “cinq épice”, salad of quince & chicory, which was fine but nothing special.

We finished with walnut nocino, bittersweet chocolate, crème fraiche, barks & roots. This was also delicious, but only if all components were eaten together. The barks and roots were used to flavor ice cream.

When I booked the table I mentioned that it was our anniversary, and when we were seated at our table our server immediately brought glasses of prosecco for us, compliments of the restaurant, which I thought was a nice touch.

We stayed in the city that night at the Huntington Hotel and walked to Contraband Coffee in the morning, for their wonderful coffee and Dynamo donuts. We tried the bacon and also a pistachio donut and both were delicious. The bacon had a hint of onion and the pistachio was flavored with lemon.

All in all we had a great anniversary. Thanks again for your help.

Alternative to Commonwealth?

Oops. I meant Berkeley, not "the Berkeley".

Alternative to Commonwealth?

thanks for the info.,danceswithchickens, we might try and do the same; we're in the Berkeley
for a couple of nights before our anniversary night in SF, so we could
drive over and try our luck. I'll report back.

Alternative to Commonwealth?

Thanks for the info. splonk, and all Chowhounders for your suggestions. I'll report back after my visit.

Alternative to Commonwealth?

Thanks for such great suggestions!

I've made a reservation at AQ for the night we're in the city. I'd also love to go to State Bird Provisions but the first available reservation is Oct 31st and we're in the city the previous weekend. Has anyone had luck just showing up and waiting? I was thinking we could go at 5:30 and just try a couple of dishes and then on to AQ at 8 for our dinner reservation. Does this sound doable?