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Nepali (x2) in Berkeley ?

Good point on the lunch - Himalayan Flavors is a lot better for dinner, and Everest Cafe is great for lunch - they have a nice variety of substantial thali at reasonable prices.

Apr 12, 2014
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Nepali (x2) in Berkeley ?

I also like Everest Cafe on Solano. (I've not been to Taste of the Himalayas.) A Nepali Uber driver from the Sacramento area recently said that Aangan (San Pablo Ave.) is his favorite in this area. I've never been.

The mango chicken at Himalayan Flavors, when it was on the specials, was one of the tastiest dishes I've had. When they made it (not as a special, and not on menu) it wasn't as good because I'd expect the sauce didn't have a chance to develop.

Himalayan Flavors has an ample off-street parking lot. Everest Cafe has relatively easy street parking (some metered, some not). Aangan may have a few spaces in the Bev Mo parking lot - otherwise fairly easy street parking.

Apr 12, 2014
lmnopm in San Francisco Bay Area

The Punchdown - Oakland "natural" wine bar

I haven't heard positive comments from those who have been. As much as it isn't similar at all, for those who want to try a variety of interesting wines, I'm really liking the Barrel Room in Rockridge (near A16).

Apr 03, 2014
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Healdsburg - dinner one night?

I had a very good dinner at Baci last month. There were 5 of us, and we shared a few of the family style-type dishes. I didn't do the ordering so I don't know exactly what they were called, but everything was good to very good, prices seemed fair for the area when perusing the menu (but I didn't pay the bill, either) and service was very good. It certainly isn't a "culinary experience" type of place, but I wouldn't hesitate to return if I'm up in the area for dinner.

Mar 22, 2014
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T rex (Berkeley)

The chef who was there for awhile that left around the time of the sale has returned. I haven't had a full meal there since, but have had some lunch and happy hour and things seemed to be headed in the right direction.

Mar 22, 2014
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Spoonrocket: Designer meals $6 delivered

So, within the past couple of weeks, Spoonrocket raised its prices by 1/3 overnight (from $6 to $8, plus tax) - so with tip, it becomes an $11 meal. Shortly thereafter, they had a Groupon deal - $10 for $20, so they're willing to take $5 (what they'll get from Groupon) for a bit shy of 2 meals.

I haven't ordered since $6 went to $8, but did receive a couple of meals once they switched to the new packaging, which doesn't hold up too well. Curious if portion size has increased, per their memo. No more weekend delivery, either.

Mar 05, 2014
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Breakfast / brunch in the Berkeley / Oakland area

Just got home from a delicious brunch at Stella Nonna - Bananas Foster french toast. Mmm.

Mar 02, 2014
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buenos aires restaurant rec's

El Baqueano - my fave for a couple years now.
Le Grill (Puerto Madero) - best parrilla I've had in awhile

For a casual pizza a la parrilla, I like Sr. Telmo.

I thought Aramburu was over-rated. Sorry, I only gave you 3. Most of the more creative (and sometimes highly rated) places we've ventured to over the past few years have lead to nothing but disappointment.

Feb 22, 2014
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El Cerrito Natural Grocery Annex

It looked like it was open, driving by yesterday. Any reports?

Feb 22, 2014
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Himalayan Flavors replaces Pomegranate in Berkeley

I've had Himalayan Flavors ramp up the heat successfully - so much so that "medium plus" was about as hot as I'd want it and enjoy the meal. I suppose it depends who is in the kitchen, and if the server thinks you 'really mean it.'

The protein quantities in the meat dishes are on the short side, but with the sauces, they are filling enough.

I recently had a Nepali Uber driver (who lived up in Davis) and said that Aangan is his favorite. I still haven't been.

Feb 22, 2014
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Venga Paella/Oakland's Port area - now open

(1) Any reports, and (2) has anyone used them for catering?

Feb 19, 2014
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Where should we eat on Valencia near 22nd (the Marsh)? [San Francisco]

Reviving this thread, I'd like suggestions within the following parameters if possible:
(1) Not more than a flat 3 block walk from the Marsh
(2) Plates under $20 pp (it can even be a decent taqueria, or a variety of asian foods, but nothing that has food that can't be made un-spicy)
(3) A place we can get in/out of pretty quickly, before a show.
(These will be the wrong guests for some of the "usual suspects" nearby, and I'm not too familiar with Valencia up that far.)

Feb 17, 2014
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13 French Laundry 4 top reservations open for within 3 days time. [Yountville, Napa Valley]

And when there's a 4 top open, the system won't accept a res for 3.

Feb 10, 2014
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13 French Laundry 4 top reservations open for within 3 days time. [Yountville, Napa Valley]

A lot of this probably had to to with so many flight cancellations and flooded roads in the north bay.

Feb 09, 2014
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French Laundry corkage fee - $150 Wow! [Yountville, Napa Valley]

My interpretation of his point is that there are many selections on that wine list that are not in the "specially selected to go with the food" at all price ranges, and rarely, if ever, would go with the food.

Feb 06, 2014
lmnopm in San Francisco Bay Area

French Laundry corkage fee - $150 Wow! [Yountville, Napa Valley]

TFL wine list is ridiculous. Most of the list has a 3.25 to 3.75x Retail markup. It is nothing more than sticking your money into a slot machine that pays out 25% of what you put in. Hotel room service menus would be embarrassed at the pricing. I suppose "good for them" but there's a line between dissuading people from bringing wine, and encouraging people to drink from the list, and just downright insulting. The result for me was that when I went, I didn't drink at all, which occurs in approximately never percent of my nice dining experiences.

Feb 04, 2014
lmnopm in San Francisco Bay Area

What went down at Montero's? [Albany]

That is also one of theirs. It looks like Montero's is doing clean up work and there was a sign looking for help (cook?) recently.

Jan 27, 2014
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The Barrel Room, Oakland (College Ave.)

Months ago, I was happy to learn that the Barrel Room in SF was going to open an Oakland outpost. The SF location is a small lounge-type location, with a limited (but tasty) food selection. Oakland is a new ballgame, food-wise, with the same general wine program.

Wine is by flights (many to choose from), by the glass, and by the bottle, with retail sale. It is quite the eclectic mix, with something to please pretty much any palate, and good guidance to steer you there. For our first visit, we went on a splurge-type night.

We started with dates stuffed with blue cheese and walnuts,
wrapped in pancetta and roasted. Delicious! One flight of bubbles, and one flight of southern French whites.

We then went to round two, which consisted of brandade of wild alaskan cod, cream, and potato with toasts (very good) along with say
hey farms escarole salad with apples, walnuts, and blue cheese (the only disappointing item of the evening - it is possible that the cod overwhelmed the salad, but the only notable taste was the blue cheese). Our round two flights were Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnays.

Enjoying the evening, it was time for round three. The "mains" were porc aux pruneaux, and cassoulet with duck confit, toulouse
sausage, pork and white beans. My little piggy was excellent. I didn't try the cassoulet (as I despise duck) but that plate was cleaned to the last drop. We also had some side vegetables. The final round flights were Funky Reds and Big Reds.

Overall, the food was very good. Plates were on the smaller side, although the main plates were a decent size. The wine was a lot of fun - not a bad drop, and a lot of obscure and interesting varieties. We tried 18 different wines (3 flights of 3 x 2 - although I believe one wine overlapped between the 2). Wine pours on the flights were decent - each flight was probably the equivalent of a generous pour of a wine by the glass.

Value? For what we did, I think so. The bill for 2 was $170 (before tip) but we had 18 pours of wine, had 6 or so menu items, and enjoyed ourselves. I can see future visits consisting of a flight followed by a glass, or just a glass with a snack ... or a full meal again. The menu and the list can be all things to all people. There are apparently going to be rotating themes and menus throughout the year.

The place was packed.

Jan 27, 2014
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Farm raised salmon Whole Foods or Costco

The other one is Shetland.

Jan 13, 2014
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Farm raised salmon Whole Foods or Costco

That, and another one (I don't recall the name), both carried by Tokyo Fish, are delicious.

Jan 13, 2014
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Nido in Oakland?

I finally made it last night.

We started by sharing a huarache. Delicious - the house-made chorizo was the star,and the huarache itself had a good texture.

I had the fish special, which was a Veracruz style, and was excellent. The delicious broth even permeated through to the middle of the potatoes.

Flan - wow, it may have had the best texture of any flan I've ever had.

Service was great. Our server was a sweetheart with a great sense of humor. For such a busy place, things were remarkably under control.

Wine markups seemed very high for the list they have. Not a place for a quiet romantic chat, either. It had to be amongst the top 3 noisiest restaurants I've ever visited.

Can't wait to return!

Jan 12, 2014
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Christmas Eve and Day for a family of Jews visiting SF

Dec 17, 2013
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Organic Thai grocery/takeout at El Cerrito Ranch 99 Center [Richmond]

The hot pot place had a craigslist for sale ad for many months. Where is the San Pablo Supermarket?

Dec 06, 2013
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King Tsin - Under New Management [Berkeley]

...and then you'd have been "not so nicedragonboy." What have they done with the bar area? Do they still have the full liquor license?

Dec 06, 2013
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Schick's Chocolate Babka at Costco

For packaged babka, it wasn't bad. Parents liked it. I like it better than Green's chocolate, but Green's cinnamon is the best packaged 'lasts a long time and comes from far away' babka that I've had.

Dec 02, 2013
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Schick's Chocolate Babka at Costco

What Costco(s) did you see this at?

Nov 21, 2013
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Pho Huong Nam Albany

Windows covered over, some sort of sign in the door. Seriously, what this area needs is something like a Tu Lan East - the price/quality quotient for Berkeley area VN (typical plates) just isn't there. (I probably mean taste, not quality.) The exception is a few Banh Mi shops.

Nov 21, 2013
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Zaki's Kabob House (Berkeley)

I believe they are going to be moving. The building was for sale. They had an online Fundable fundraising trying to raise several hundred thousand dollars to buy the building.
http://www.berkeleyside.com/2013/07/0...

Nov 18, 2013
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Nomad, Tibet cuisine on Solano [Albany]

The guys at the UPS store said it was tasty. I still haven't been.

Nov 01, 2013
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Best Thai Takeout in Berkeley? Need your help

Sabuy Sabuy II's chicken wings are da bomb. They often (but not always?) have duck.

Oct 28, 2013
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