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Saratoga/Los Gatos/Cupertino weekend lunch/brunch suggestions?

The Mynt has a Sunday champagne buffet lunch for $15. I've only tried their regular weekday buffet which is very good. I image that the Sunday buffet is even better with alcohol! ;)

--A

Jul 29, 2008
al88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Japanese Spaghetti?

Just a warning... This chain of Curry House is not the same as the Curry House in Hawaii. The Ala Moana Curry House is cheap and divey...in a good way. ;) The Curry House in Cupertino is a tad bit more upscale. I miss Curry House in Hawaii!!!

Since the South Bay doesn't seem out of the way for you, there's also Toby Tyler's in Sunnyvale. Popular with Japanese ex-pats. They also have Japanese spaghetti. I haven't been there in years, so I can't comment on the quality.

Jun 05, 2008
al88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Japanese Spaghetti?

Is this what you're looking for?

http://www.house-foods.com/curry_hous...

There is a Curry House in Cupertino

10350 South De Anza Blvd
Cupertino, CA 95015
(408) 517-1440

Jun 05, 2008
al88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Chez TJ or Manresa?

I thought that Kostow was staying on until mid-February. If so, I think the OP should try Chez TJ before he leaves. Save Manresa for the next visit.

I just had the tasting menu 2 weeks ago at Chez TJ and thought it was wonderful. On par with my Manresa tasting menu experiences...and better than my non-tasting menu Manresa experiences.

Jan 07, 2008
al88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Maui Kitch'n Cooked chips?

I'd check places like Imahara's in Cupertino or Sun Jose Hawaii in San Jose. Both carry Hawaiian items, but I'm not sure about the chips.

--A

Nov 13, 2007
al88 in San Francisco Bay Area

San Jose (or close by) jook joint?

Joy Luck Place (the cafe side, not the large dim sum restaurant) has very good jook. If you're just looking for an egg source for your own jook, go to 99 Ranch. They sell the preserved eggs by the 6 pack for a few bucks.

--A

Sep 07, 2007
al88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Fish curry in the South Bay?

The fish head curry at Layang Layang is very good.

http://www.layanglayang.us/

In SF, the fish tikka masala at Lahore Karahi is outstanding.

http://www.lahorekarahisf.com/

--A

Jun 07, 2007
al88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Korean Fried Chicken in San Jose area?

Discussed here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/374846

I tried 99 Chicken a couple of weeks ago and did not like it at all. I got the combo...the chicken was overcooked and the sauces were awful. I could actually forgive the sauces if the chicken was cooked properly. Dry fried chicken? Pass.

--A

May 03, 2007
al88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Persian Restaurants in the South Bay?

I've really enjoyed Yas over the past few years. The kashke bademjan (eggplant appetizer) is wonderful. If I'm in the mood for kababs, I usually go for the royal joojeh or koobideh joojeh.

Yas Restaurant
(408) 241-5115
1138 Saratoga Ave
San Jose, CA 95129

At one time, Chatanooga was very popular. I haven't been there in years.

Chatanoga Restaurant
(408) 241-1200
2725 El Camino Real Ste 106
Santa Clara, CA 95051

--A

Mar 13, 2007
al88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Sean Chon House (Santa Clara) Moved from Food Media.

Since SGT doesn't serve takuwan with their soups (like Zha Zhang does), I assume that "pickled daikon" means the daikon kimchi. If so, I don't find it odd at all. It is quite common for folks to cut up both the cabbage and daikon kimchi and add them to the soup.

What I found strange at SGT was a young Korean lady dipping her kimchi in her tea to wash off the spice. I'm sure her mom would be so disappointed! ;)

--A

Feb 09, 2007
al88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Sean Chon House (Santa Clara) Moved from Food Media.

Even more stripped down than SGT. No tonkatsu, no cold noodles. Just soup. Another thing that is a little different is that they don't provide any chili paste. If you want additional heat, you can either add your kim chi to the soup or you can scoop the sauce from the kim chi jars. But as I said, the kim chi is excellent.

--A

Feb 08, 2007
al88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Sean Chon House (Santa Clara) Moved from Food Media.

Nice article. I've been a Seoul Gom Tang regular since it opened. There's a new kid in town, Seen Chon House, on the corner of Kiely and Benton. After getting a tip for a co-worker a few months back, I haven't been back to SGT. The soup is more refined and the kim chi is better at Seen Chon, IMO. In fact, the napa cabbage kim chi is one of the best that I've had. They have the standard soups: brisket, oxtail, etc. One soup that is unique is wul sul, beef tongue...now my de facto standard when I dine here.

--A

Feb 08, 2007
al88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Korean Chicken

Just found this review of 99 Chicken in the Merc:

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercur...

Anyone try it yet? It sounds like it's in the same strip mall as Corner Place. I go to Sui Tofu all the time, but I have never noticed 99 Chicken.

--A

Feb 08, 2007
al88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Korean Chicken

I just made this version over the weekend. Scroll to the bottom of the article. Boy, I sure do miss Chicken Alice...

http://starbulletin.com/2005/02/16/fe...

--A

Feb 07, 2007
al88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Tasting Menu with Wine Pairing

When I said "one for he and one for she", I didn't mean that there was a man's menu and a woman's menu. I apologize. What I meant was that as a couple, we received two different menus. In this case I don't think it would effect you and your boyfriend...or your lesbian friends. I -assume- that the two menu option would be available to any two people, regardless of gender.

The restaurants where I have experienced this did not have printed menus. I don't remember for sure, but I believed that we were asked if this was OK at the start of the meal. Both Per Se and FL had printed menus and I don't recall them deviating from the menu when I dined there.

If this is such a hot issue for you, why don't you inform your server that you'd like all individuals to be served identical tasting menus? Problem solved. All restaurants of this caliber will certainly honor such a simple request.

Jan 12, 2007
al88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Tasting Menu with Wine Pairing

A travesty to some is a blessing for others. The tasting menu at Elizabeth Daniel (the Daniel now at Coi) included two completely different sets of dishes, one for he and one for she. Both were equally creative and it was a joy to try twice as many dishes as I expected. Misogynistic? Absolutely not. Thou doth protest too much, methinks.

--A

Jan 12, 2007
al88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Parcel 104?

I had the six course tasting menu ($75) there recently and thought that it was merely mediocre. The flavors on the plate didn't meld as seamlessly as I had hoped. For example, the heart of palm salad didn't go well with the fried clams. The same can be said for the meat courses. Finally, the tapioca pudding, although competent, was a cop out. That dessert did nothing to showcase the skill of the pastry chef. If I were to go back, I'd probably skip the tasting menu and order ala carte. But I'm not likely to go back.

--A

Sep 25, 2006
al88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Lee's BBQ vs. Ohgane or . . .?

Yes, I'm referring to the Santa Clara SGT. Sui Tofu is just down the road.

Sep 12, 2006
al88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Lee's BBQ vs. Ohgane or . . .?

I've been going to Seoul Gom Tang regularly since it opened. It must be atleast 5 years. The soups have been rock solid every visit. We broke our weekend routine by going to Noodles and Dumplings two weekends ago. After dining at Seoul Gom Tang this past Saturday, my SO said "this is so much better...no wonder why we keep coming back".

The only other Korean restaurant on my regular rotation is Sui Tofu.

Sep 11, 2006
al88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Good Eats, Shorts, and a Grandma in South Bay

Madras is my favorite South Indian restaurant in the area. It's a dive, but it's good (and cheap!). If you're there on the weekend, try one of the specials - kohtu paratta or madras paratta. Off of the regular menu, I enjoy the dehi vada, chappathi chana, and masala dosa. You really can't go wrong here.

Aug 25, 2006
al88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Saratoga splurge

I got invited to a birthday dinner at Sent Sovi last week. I was a bit hesitant since I hadn't heard much about this place since Kinch left a few years back. We had the tasting menu ($65) plus foie gras ($8 or $10 supplement). I was pleasantly surprised. It wasn't the best tasting menu that I've had, but definitely above average. Some of the stand out items were the honeydew/mint gaspacho with prawns, prickly pear cactus sorbet (palatte cleanser), and the lamb chops. The foie gras dish had great flavor, but I was a bit disappointed with the quality of the foie gras itself. It was a lesser grade than what you would get at Danko, for example.

Overall all, it was a good meal. If someone suggested it again, I'd accept the invitation.

Aug 17, 2006
al88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Los Gatos/Saratoga reccs? (Not Manresa!)

Kebabs at Rose Market. The one on Big Basin isn't as good as the Mountain View Rose Market, but it's quick and inexpensive. The best thing is that it's on the way to the Mountain Winery.

Aug 17, 2006
al88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Dumpling & Noodle: Korean cafe on El Camino

Have you tried Sui Tofu? They have 6 or so different varieties of cold noodles. The noodles are different colors, so I'm not sure if they are all buckwheat. There aren't any English characters or descriptions, so I just point to a color that I feel like having. They also have good man doo (both steamed and fried) and man doo kuk soo (dumpling soup), but the hae jang guk is out of this world.

I'm definitely going to give D&N a try...

Aug 17, 2006
al88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Falafel Drive-in San Jose

Now that we're venturing into Cupertino, how about Vivi's even further down on Stevens Creek? I haven't been there in about a year (House of Falafel is much more convenient for me), but I really liked the falafel plate and falafel sandwiches at Vivi's. You can even get the falafels "spicy" - i.e. they put the spice in the balls themselves, not just in the hot sauce. Good stuff.

--A

Aug 03, 2006
al88 in San Francisco Bay Area

fois gras in the south bay?

What didn't you like? Could it be an anomoly? I've been to Brigitte's a number of times and never had a problem with the food or service. In fact, I consider this to be one of the gems of Santa Clara.

Aug 02, 2006
al88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Indian buffet - san francisco, peninsula or south bay

Komala Vilas in Sunnyvale. Not really a buffet because they come around and serve you, but it is all you can eat. They'll keep refilling your plate until you tell them to stop. Very good vegetarian south Indian food. For lunch, they have a small set menu that changes regularly (sambar, rasam, rice, two other daily special vegetarian dishes, plus dessert). If you want a wide variety of dishes, don't come here. If you want fresh and tasty vegetarian fare, this is the place.

http://www.komalavilas.com/

Aug 02, 2006
al88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Santa Clara area poor student chow spots

How about a Korean or Indian buffet? Korea House or Mayuri? Won Ton House on El Camino is cheap and good (not great) for Cantonese noodle and rice dishes. University Chicken near SCU.

Based on your screen name, I'm guessing that you're a Chinese girl from Hawaii. An L&L Drive Inn is opening up in the new San Jose Marketplace on Coleman Ave. Food should be good, cheap, and plentiful.

--A

Aug 02, 2006
al88 in San Francisco Bay Area

fois gras in the south bay?

Brigitte's in Santa Clara. You can get the seared foie gras as an appetizer or a main.

http://www.brigittescuisine.com/

Or Gary Danko if you want to drive to the city...

--A

Aug 02, 2006
al88 in San Francisco Bay Area

ABC or Mayflower for Peking Duck in Milpitas?

I had the Peking duck at the Great Mall Mayflower a week and a half ago as part of one of the set menus. It was surprisingly good. The skin was nice and crispy. Haven't tried it at the main Mayflower.

--A

Jul 27, 2006
al88 in San Francisco Bay Area

Food a HK native would love in/around Cupertino, Ca?

Would they be interested in Layang Layang which is just a few blocks south of you? The fish head curry makes me drool.

Jul 19, 2006
al88 in San Francisco Bay Area