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Little China Kitchen - Downtown San Mateo

I don't find LS greasy, but was asking more about the quality of the prep - I'm buying for a group of (homeless) people who are asking for their favorites I know the quality of LS, but (at least on yelp which I can't evaluate) people are complaining of small portions and more important overly salted or otherwise bad food.

Aug 29, 2014
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Little China Kitchen - Downtown San Mateo

Any updates? I'm buying food for about 10 people and was going to to to Little Shanghai (which I know), but someone suggested this place, but from the reviews here (old) and yelp (which I don't trust) doesn't seem like I should try this place.

Aug 29, 2014
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Paid Food Testing Event - Downtown Oakland

If there is an age criteria (which there clearly is once you waste time filling out the form) you could save us all a lot of time by just saying so up front!

Aug 06, 2014
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French Laundry solo? [Yountvile]

coi does not accept reservations for singles!

Jul 29, 2014
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campton place? [San Francisco]

Realize it's different, but how would you say it compares to La Folie in terms of taste sensations?

Jul 11, 2014
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campton place? [San Francisco]

Thanks. Photos look great - did they taste as good as they look?

Jul 11, 2014
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campton place? [San Francisco]

Thanks Melanie, I was searching in the search box for this board. I had no idea that there was a way to search otherwise (duh) and I can see that the search I was doing was only picking up the string in the titles, but yours picks up within the posts. Learn something every day :)

Still, there is relatively little posted about the tasting menu and other experiences so if I do end up there I promise to post here.

Jul 11, 2014
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campton place? [San Francisco]

Okay, so I found something from 2008 also asking about experiences. Has no one here had any more recent experiences? There was an article I the chron today, but I trust this board more.

Steak tartare

Wow, ketchup???? Never even thought of that - this wasn't an option any of the times I had it in France ;)

Jul 10, 2014
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campton place? [San Francisco]

Can't find anything more recent that 2006 - am I missing something?

Jul 10, 2014
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What happened to 231 Ellsworth? [San Mateo]

http://www.231ellsworth.com says they are closed, which you already know. From other sources I'd guess it closed in May, but couldn't find anything about the chef.

Jul 06, 2014
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Barcelona Restaurant recommendations

I've had 2 different experiences there (both lunch), first was exceptional but the second was somewhat disappointing. dishes were served at the wrong temperature (should have been hot but served lukewarm), taste not nearly as good as the first time. It was almost empty so no excuse for being too busy..... maybe the chef wasn't in the kitchen the second time (he certainly was the first tie and even came out to speak to me - not sure why I rated such attention VBG)

Jul 04, 2014
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China Bistro San Mateo

Drove by tonight and there is a BIG banner saying GRAND OPENING - same name????????

Jul 04, 2014
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El Pecat in El Born, Barcelona

Prices? a la carte or fixed menu?

Jun 23, 2014
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almond crescents near San Mateo?

These are the large ones commonly sold at deli's. Any source you can suggest?

Jun 15, 2014
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NE Lobster Co. specials 6/04 [Burlingame]

Umm... lobster meat is $39/lb down from $49/lb per a phone conversation I just had with them. I think they'd sell out quickly if it was 7.95!

Jun 06, 2014
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millennium? [San Francisco]

Not sure, I'll have to ask. I, too, am curious about their reason for the choice but won't have a chance to ask for a few days.
All I know is that this restaurant is not in my top 100 (or even on my radar). The replies have confirmed my thoughts that I should find a way to (gently) move to another place - Greens would have been fine with me, though.

Jun 05, 2014
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millennium? [San Francisco]

It's not my idea - there are lots of other places I'd prefer but it is their suggestion.
All the reviews I read here were so bad that I was seriously trying to find a reason to change their mind (or mine if I was wrong). the reviews on on Open Table are okay but I don't trust them as much as CH

Jun 03, 2014
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Honeymoon splurge dinner in SF

La folie?

Jun 03, 2014
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millennium? [San Francisco]

Out of town guest would like to go - all the reviews I can find are quite old and suggest it is not good. Any updates?

Jun 03, 2014
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Places to eat, second week of May?

I have to say I like your style - cheap lodgings and money on the important stuff -food!
The good part is that there are lots of good cheap places for some of the other meals you'll have. Since I mostly know the Peninsula I'll leave recs to those who know the city better.
Probably too late but unless you can eat a lot I might have said lunch before Manresa might be too much.
I haven't been to spqr but if you're looking at something as high end as Jardiniere I would suggest considering La Folie - even tho the regular restaurant doesn't do a la carte their prix fix is an amazing bargain and they do a la carte in the bar next door.

May 08, 2014
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China Village (Albany) is open!

Perhaps you should have offered a taste to mr Yao- so he could see if it was Kitchen error or "the 1%"

May 02, 2014
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Barcelona/Madrid Honeymoon in May

would you consider lunch instead of dinner? I've found that I often can get reservations for lunch when dinner is all booked up.

Apr 16, 2014
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Barcelona/Madrid Honeymoon in May

Forgot in my other post Club Allard in Madrid - also amazing food and some of the most creative presentations! They have online booking and a variety of dates available in May (don't know if any of them fit your needs).

Apr 14, 2014
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Barcelona/Madrid Honeymoon in May

LaSarte in Barcelona. I ate there and Sant Pau (my third visit) in the same week and was quite impressed with the food at LaSarte. The setting is nice, but doesn't have the water view (well almost none do). When I go back I think I'll go back to LaSarte in preference to SP ;)

Apr 14, 2014
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Kin Khao - Thai-style Thai in SF

finally got a chance to eat here. At the table next to me was A. Zimmerman and Chris Consentino who were joined by friends and moved to a bigger table (which they needed). I was going for respecting their privacy - but since AZ tweeted a lot about his dinner......BTW Pim wasn't there (I ate early), but she must have arrived later and AZ has posted a nice pic with her.
Anyway, my take - the salad is amazing - exceptionally fresh and varied (and beautiful) veg, the lightest, non greasy fried bits of veg makes great contrast and I LOVED that it was not drowned in dressing (although I got mine on the side it is clear from the description that even if I hadn't it would have been fine). And I think it is genius to use the chili "jam" as a dressing!
Hor Mok (mushroom) is better tasting and balanced than what I've had in Thailand, but a different consistency and here served with rice crackers as a spead - lots of fun.
Had to try the rabbit after so many rave reviews. Really good (but it has gone up from $22 to $24) - it is a HUGE serving and I wish they had an option for a smaller size since I wanted to try everything and had I not taken a lot home I wouldn't even have been able to finish this one dish. AZ - mentioned it had salted eggs?, but what I saw (and ate) were thai egglplants.
Service was friendly and knowledgeable. Appreciate no nonsense - not charging for water or rice (plus a choice of white or brown!) and not adding SF "surcharge" as a separate item.

Apr 13, 2014
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Souvla, Spit Fired Meats [Hayes Valley, San Francisco]

interesting that their online menu lists the drink for $3 - wonder if the other prices $12 for lamb pita on line are also 25% higher for real?

Apr 12, 2014
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Dinner at Great Eastern Restaurant in SF Chinatown

Sorry, I've been to many Chinese places that offer comp soup and or dessert and don't understand your comment - how do u know whether or not I should be "profiled" ?
There was only one I've been to where we had to ask for,the comp dessert, with a group of ch's and someone in the group asked (this was at Zen Peninsula).
As for GE I don't knoe if they've changed policy, if it was just before closing and they had "run out" or........ Never heard of "flavors that are distasteful"?!?

Mar 16, 2014
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Dinner at Great Eastern Restaurant in SF Chinatown

Ate there just before closing I think and didn't see this thread because I didn't have net access and hadn't planned to eat there but it was one of the few places open at 11

Wasn't offered soup OR dessert even though I ordered enough for 4 people ( I was by myself)
Peking duck - good crispy skin but 1/2 had tons of fat under the skin and the other half did not? This was an order of half a duck. Duck meat was juicy but sparse.

Lamb with asparagus in XO - listed as a house special, was plentiful but with tough and undercooked lamb (which will work in my favor when I heat up the leftovers)

Spicy eggplant with pork - included pickles and mushrooms with almost no pork. Interesting, but not my favorite prep compared to others I've had.

Mar 16, 2014
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San Mateo: best Chinese near 92 & El Camino after 9pm?

Little Shanghai is closed for vacation until April 3 (and closes at 9:30 when they are open)
Gau Poang was the WORST Americanized tasteless food I have had in years (went with friends who think it is wonderful - never again)

Mar 04, 2014
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