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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
estnet in Spain/Portugal

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
estnet in Spain/Portugal

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
estnet in Spain/Portugal
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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
estnet in San Francisco Bay Area

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
estnet in San Francisco Bay Area

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
estnet in San Francisco Bay Area

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
estnet in San Francisco Bay Area

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
estnet in San Francisco Bay Area

Pakta for one?

Nobody? There doesn't seem to be any way to call and I can't find any way to book for less than 2 HELP

Dec 18, 2013
estnet in Spain/Portugal

Pakta for one?

online reservations start at 2 people :( Is it possible to book for a single?

Dec 09, 2013
estnet in Spain/Portugal

SF Bay Area Michelin Guide 2014 Bib Gourmand

I think my conclusion after my own experience and the other comments is to disregard any Michelin ratings of Chinese places!

Nov 14, 2013
estnet in San Francisco Bay Area
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SF Bay Area Michelin Guide 2014 Bib Gourmand

Maybe I've been luckier than you - never had food so bad it made me throw up VBG

While it may not be fair to judge a restaurant from one lunch I have to say that this rating has given me serious pause in how I look at their ratings. I have eaten all over the world in various starred places - for ANY restaurant to serve food that had been sitting in a premade bin in the back is bad, but I never would have expected this from a place they rate (and I didn't know this when I ate there - tried it b/c of ch recs).
AIK is that hole in the wall chinese places in SM that I frequent serve me made to order, freshly prepared (well except maybe except for the egg roll and soup), properly cooked food,
I just can't imagine going to a Mich rated place ANYWHERE and having food that isn't worth eating b/c it is so badly prepared. Just MHO

Nov 14, 2013
estnet in San Francisco Bay Area

Costco Food Finds - 4th Quarter 2013

when I got this last year I (and others) were VERY disappointed, It's been in N. Ca stores for the last few months and I'm not the least bit tempted :(

Nov 11, 2013
estnet in Chains
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SF Bay Area Michelin Guide 2014 Bib Gourmand

I was SHOCKED to see Fey on the list. The lunch I had there was the worst I have had (even worse than places with trays 8 of food out). Maybe it is because the decor is nice?

Oct 19, 2013
estnet in San Francisco Bay Area

Fey - promising sichuan menlo park

Ate lunch because place I wanted to go (Gombei) closed for lunch at 1:30 and I missed it by 5 minutes!
Really disappointing - but I did order an "americanized" dish since I was in need of comfort food. The good - hot and sour soup - balanced flavor maybe a little too much veg - but I'm not complaining VBG
BUT - the sweet and sour shrimp was awful, tiny shrimp in a huge amount of SOGGY batter. Sauce wasn't great just a little out of balance.

Oct 08, 2013
estnet in San Francisco Bay Area

Napoletana Pizzeria, Mountain View

I really wanted to try this place and ended up only 20 minutes away so thought I'd give it a try. Don't arrive at 2:20 :( they close at 2 for lunch! Somehow I didn't think to check when they were open - oh well they gave me a menu and it looks like a attractive space but don't think I'll get to try it for a while.

Oct 05, 2013
estnet in San Francisco Bay Area

what do u do when evite to chowdown, but no follow up?

I received an evite and responded twice, when no answer I sent the OP an email - still no response, but the person has posted here so they're still around, Puzzled

Oct 01, 2013
estnet in San Francisco Bay Area

$1 oysters

the fish market SM has them at the downstairs happy hour, but I think they were 1.25 or 1.5 when I went last week - maybe price increase due to their refurb. of the upstairs or????

Sep 29, 2013
estnet in San Francisco Bay Area

Best place to buy Peking Duck in SF

That link is very interesting b/c I was wondering how the crisp skin would fare after 6-10 hours of transit (and that is assuming it would be eaten right away not the next day). If leaving on an early morning flight CP wouldn't be an option as it wouldn't be open before lunch dining hours I think.

Sep 26, 2013
estnet in San Francisco Bay Area

Kin Khao - Thai-style Thai in SF

Wow this is a tough crowd :( Some of us don't have BART!

But the real issue is that I think we are all looking forward to Pim's venture and are anxious to sample to food! Anxiously awaiting opening date.

Sep 12, 2013
estnet in San Francisco Bay Area

Kin Khao - Thai-style Thai in SF

I'm certainly of fan of her (old) blog and her generosity at sharing recipes :)
Just wish she had chosen a location that is more accessible to those of us who don't live in the city and maybe less pricey location, but certainly looking forward to hearing reports when this opens!

Sep 12, 2013
estnet in San Francisco Bay Area

Dim Sum at Zen Peninsula in Millbrae

sad, I used to make special trips to ZP, but after two disappointing visits in a row (where quality was clearly decreased and cooking slipshod, plus the chowdown last year where they kept trying to upsell every 5 minutes to a new person) I've not gone out of my way to go back. guess that was a good decision.

Sep 11, 2013
estnet in San Francisco Bay Area

Buying abalone direct from divers

Sounds great, but too far for me to drive:( Also the judging tickets (which are the only ones that get tasting) are wait listed both for members and non members.

If anyone goes I'd love to see a report so I can drool over it.

Sep 04, 2013
estnet in San Francisco Bay Area

Substandard banquet experience at Farallon [San Francisco]

IMHO this is unduly harsh. the OP was simply giving her impressions of the service, hospitality and general observations of her experience. If bread goes "stale" in 30 minutes - well how fresh was it to start with? I think being directed to the bar, offered excessive amounts of "unasked for" wine is not only possible bill padding, but rude and irresponsible (some people may have been driving).
My take away was that the banquet service was impersonal at best, with food and service personnel that did not reflect well on the restaurant. This is useful information for those considering the venue for this type of function:)

Aug 29, 2013
estnet in San Francisco Bay Area

Spicy food in San Mateo

even better Little Shanghai on 25th in San Mateo - divey hole in the wall with great food and cheap. Lots of previous threads on this.
Sadly IMHO Little Sichuan has gone badly downhill and was closed last year for a while b/c health code violations. I walked in last week thinking to give it a try but it was so dirty (the rug looked like it hadn't ever been cleaned) and the staff were so uninterested in seating me that I left.

Aug 02, 2013
estnet in San Francisco Bay Area

Costcos in the Bay Area - What Differences Have You Found?

I'm pretty sure alcohol is excluded from the return policy in Ca, even unopened b/c of a state law. If it's really bad, though, I wouldn't be surprised if they made an exception

Jul 24, 2013
estnet in San Francisco Bay Area

Healthy restaurants in San Francisco Bay Area?

Perhaps you'd be more successful asking her to bring home specific items from the places she frequents rather than trying to get her to go to different places (altho if you could get her to stop at Costco for a rotisserie chicken - well except for the sodium and a box of tomatoes and some lettuce you'd have a healthy meal for next to nothing). Even at KFC you can get grilled chicken instead of fried, etc.
It sounds like your problem is modifying your moms buying habits more than finding new places. Some education about the damage she is doing her family's health is likely to be more useful than going to a restaurant where she may or may not make 1 good choice

Jul 20, 2013
estnet in San Francisco Bay Area

Healthy restaurants in San Francisco Bay Area?

YOu can make healthy choices at almost every place, even fast food - salad without dressing. Grilled chicken without the bun. At healthy places you can make poor choices - there isn't any restaurant that will protect you from yourself - just some that make it easier than others ;)

Jul 18, 2013
estnet in San Francisco Bay Area
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Favorite Guilty Pleasure near Financial District [San Francisco]

are you trying to kill him? VBG

Jul 18, 2013
estnet in San Francisco Bay Area
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China Bistro San Mateo

In a location that has a new restaurant every year or so there was one table and me at 8ish.

Sizzling rice soup was dumped on the table with soup and a plate of rice squares - and the waiter left. I put the rice into the soup - not much sizzle b/c rice wasn't that hot - and it tasted stale.
Shrimp in lobster sauce (guess the discussion got me to order something I haven't had for years) was just passable with a watery sauce - and overpriced.
Staff were very busy talking to each other, mopping the floor (in the table area - guess they were anxious to not have to clean up after the customers left) and ignoring the customers.
Can't imagine how they plan to stay in business.

Jul 17, 2013
estnet in San Francisco Bay Area