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Shwe Myanmar: Burmese in San Rafael (Marin County)

Got in for lunch today. The Samosa Soup was excellent. Fragrant, warm and flavorful. The broken up samosas still had a bit of crunch to them, while the lentils held their shape while still being tender. As good a version as I have ever had, surpassing my previous favorite at BSS.

Tea Leaf Salad was more like lettuce with tea leaf salad ingredients added to it. It allowed for a decently sized portion, albeit the flavors were muted due to all the lettuce.

The chunks of boneless lamb in the Lamb Curry were nice and rich and savory and plentiful and tender and flavorful, however the curry itself was rather bland. I was told by the friendly waitress that I can ask to have it spiced up in the future, but I'm not sure authentic Burmese food is spicy (?).

I'll be back, if not just for a whole bowl of the samosa soup for myself.

Anyone else getting tired of "new" Craft Beer,Gourmet Burgers & 3rd Wave Coffee joints in Bay Area?

>>"The reason for the relative absence of lager isn't so much a lack of specialized equipment as the amount of time that lagering ties up fermenters. Lager fermentation takes place at cool temperatures and takes a long time compared to ale."

Thanks. I always suspected it had more to do with convenience and expense than anything else.

LivingSocial Coupon for Morimoto Napa

Six-Course Omakase Lunch at Morimoto Napa for $75pp. Is that a good deal?

Paulie's Pickling [San Francisco]

Really enjoyed my brisket/chopped liver combo on an onion roll. If you don't blink you can see me taking a quick bite of it on the corresponding Check Please episode!

Live Lobster?

Where do you live?

Dim Sum Club -- XLB worth seeking out? [San Francisco]

Okay, I am thoroughly intrigued. What is the proper way to enjoy xlb?

Anyone else getting tired of "new" Craft Beer,Gourmet Burgers & 3rd Wave Coffee joints in Bay Area?

I'm about ready to add trendy bbq restaurants to the list.

BBQ 'n Curry in Marin City

I am envious.

Same husband and wife team. Like gumbolox, we were the only diners.

Pho Ga : SFBA Dish of the Month November 2014

PPQ does something similar with their five spice chicken pho, although it is oven roasted rather than fried and is served on the side with beef broth & noodles.

French Fries: SFBA Dish of the Month December 2014

Recently had a side of fries at Frisco Fried in the Bayview. Medium sized fresh-cut potatoes served pretty limp. Not very good.

Great fried chicken there though!

Tortas Boos Vani / torta cubana/ etc [San Francisco]

I've only been to the El Camino location. It's been awhile, but IIRC I wasn't crazy about the bread that others seem to love. I found it dry and unable to hold up, so I had to each the tortas with knife and fork, just like at TBV.

Tortas Boos Vani / torta cubana/ etc [San Francisco]

Your review reads a bit harsh to me Melanie compared to my own experiences. Sure the cuban and the piernas are sloppy messes, but I found they tasted about how they looked they should. Not great, but the expectations weren't all that great either. Perhaps I found them acceptable due to my experiences at Casita Chalanga:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8501...

To me, it was CC that didn't quite live up to the hype.

Cheers!

Oyster Rookie

They are tougher to open raw in order to serve on the half-shell. If you are going to cook them than you can pre-heat them in the oven until the crack open a bit.

Serving on the half shell is also a bit difficult for a novice because you will want to keep any grit or shell fragments from entering the oyster.

French Fries: SFBA Dish of the Month December 2014

Worst French Fry nominee:

Hawaiian Drive Inn on San Bruno Ave. I have twice now ordered them crispy only to have them come back limp and undercooked.

PRIME RIB? Where is cheapest and best? Raw, I mean.

Got the low down from the Safeway butcher when I was competing in a "Rancher's Reserve" top sirloin BBQ contest. Basically it is whatever they get from the supplier, which 90% of the time is Select grade but occasionally it is Choice. She was good enough to call me when they got in some Choice grade.

BBQ 'n Curry in Marin City

Had a pretty disappointing meal here last week. All the curries had little complexity or heat and what little proteins they contained were dry. The lamb boti, ordered medium rare, came back dry as chalk and with little flavor. Possibly the worst dish I had in 2014. The saving dish was a tasty prawn palak on special, but the prawns too were overcooked.

The experience made the vindaloo, tandoori and naan at House of Curries in Berkeley come off as world class.

Fresh goose in Bay Area?

Guerra Quality Meats on Taraval will take pre-orders. About $9/lb.

restaurant that serves kobe/wagyu beef in bay area?

Alexander's Steakhouse carries wagyu.

Where are you buying your turkey?

It shouldn't. Turkey doesn't freeze at 26 degrees, so if the meat is frozen solid its been stored below that temp.

Smokehouse 10 BBQ & Catering in Martinez

Saw that SH10 owner David Tendick is changing careers. Best of luck to him.

Where are you buying your turkey?

Got my turkey from Costco this year. They carry fresh Foster Farms birds which surprisingly are not pre-brined.

French Fries: SFBA Dish of the Month December 2014

Just had fries with my lamb burger at Mustards Grill in Yountville last Wednesday. I would call them medium sized, perfectly executed, light & fluffy in the inside, nice and crispy on the outside.

Ming Kee Restaurant formerly known as Happy Bakery, Ocean Ave. - Just Opened 4 days ago! Roast goose is back on our radar... [San Francisco]

Yeah but I asked about 3 months ago and they said they were looking for a new goose source and weren't sure when it would be back.

Ming Kee Restaurant formerly known as Happy Bakery, Ocean Ave. - Just Opened 4 days ago! Roast goose is back on our radar... [San Francisco]

Yup, the lower left portion, which is the part of the shoulder closest to the neck.

Ming Kee Restaurant formerly known as Happy Bakery, Ocean Ave. - Just Opened 4 days ago! Roast goose is back on our radar... [San Francisco]

Compelling. Is the photo of the cooked item sliced from a longer muscle?

http://www.twistedbelly.com/uploads/2...

Ming Kee Restaurant formerly known as Happy Bakery, Ocean Ave. - Just Opened 4 days ago! Roast goose is back on our radar... [San Francisco]

Pork neck = money muscle...or perhaps a portion thereof?

Burma Bear: California BBQ and Burmese in the Haight (San Francisco)

Ha, you weren't kidding about the baby back ribs with biryani.

It looks like aside from the baby backs the only other BBQ on the menu is Kalua "Hawaiian-style" pulled pork. I wonder if it is cooked in a imu or just smoked with kiawe wood...

Burma Bear: California BBQ and Burmese in the Haight (San Francisco)

In! I'm just curious to see there interpretation of California BBQ. Smoked tofu?

Chiliquiles with barbacoa at El Palmar (Novato)

Really good stuff. Ordered with the spicy red sauce and the weekend special barbacoa mixed in. Tortilla chips kept great texture and the barbacoa was moist and tender with tasty Lamby flavor.

Comal - Berkeley

Why not just charge 20% more for the food?