e

e_tsai's Profile

Title Last Reply

Where to find Osaka-style Pressed Sushi?

The last time we went, Hachi Ju Hachi in Saratoga also offered it.

Same with Sushi Sho when they were in Albany, but we haven't been since they moved to El Cerrito, it's likely still on the menu.

Small Wedding Dinner Advice Please!

Maybe group dining at Incanto would work? The Dante room is a minimum of $1500 if you're willing to go past $1000?
http://incanto.biz/

May 23, 2012
e_tsai in San Francisco Bay Area

good sushi party platter in berkeley/oakland?

Ozumo in Oakland does catering, though like their restaurant menu, it's probably on the pricier end:
http://www.ozumooakland.com/private-a...

We've ordered plenty of takeout from Geta in Piedmont, they would probably do platters as well.

Good luck!

-----
Geta Japanese Restaurant
165 41st St, Oakland, CA 94611

Ozumo
2251 Broadway Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612

Mar 16, 2012
e_tsai in San Francisco Bay Area

Please DON’T recommend a restaurant for 35 people…

You didn't mention if everyone in your group was over 21 or not; however if they are, you might want to check out Press Club in San Francisco. You can rent a room for dinner and do some wine tasting from a selection of wineries in the Napa Valley.
http://www.pressclubsf.com/private-ev...

Or, if you like ice hockey and are willing to drive to San Jose, you can rent a box at HP Pavilion to catch the San Jose Sharks.
http://sharks.nhl.com/club/page.htm?i...

Mar 16, 2012
e_tsai in San Francisco Bay Area

Gary Danko or ???

We recently hosted a private, 8-course dinner party for eight at our home and hired a personal chef featured on Kitchit.com. Pricing on the site ranged from 40-$175/person, depending on the type of food served and included the chef + a server, all dishes and flatware, and cleanup. The chef customized the menu with us ahead of time via email according to our taste and recommended a selection of wine pairings, which we either substituted with wine we already had or bought from the links he sent us on K&L.com. Wonderful experience overall.

Mar 16, 2012
e_tsai in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for good high-end catering

As an alternative, I recently ran across a service called Kitchit that connects you with local chefs, which can be booked for private events at your home: http://www.kitchit.com/

Dec 01, 2011
e_tsai in San Francisco Bay Area

Fee Brothers Bitters

We were just at Cask yesterday, they most definitely have Fee Brothers.

Jan 19, 2011
e_tsai in San Francisco Bay Area

Reports from Sushi Saito, Sushi Kanesaka, Esaki, L'osier...

Thanks everyone! I had the same experience as catsluvcofffee when I tried calling the other day - they asked me to reserve via the concierge at my hotel. Luckily, I have a friend who speaks Japanese and she called back and made lunch reservations for us for two weeks from now.

Nov 08, 2010
e_tsai in Japan

Looking for Foodie Wisdom ! - Tokyo 19 Dec - 2 Jan

Do you know if you need to speak Japanese to make reservations at Sushi Saito? We're heading to Japan next week for two weeks total and would like to make reservations for lunch there. Thank you!

Nov 05, 2010
e_tsai in Japan

Reports from Sushi Saito, Sushi Kanesaka, Esaki, L'osier...

Thanks for the report! We're heading to Tokyo next week and I would really like to try Sushi Saito for lunch; however, neither of us speak Japanese. Did you make reservations prior to arriving in Japan, and if so did you have any trouble doing so?

Nov 05, 2010
e_tsai in Japan

Best burger in Berkeley?

Agreed on T-Rex's version. Lately, I've been heading over to Trueburger in downtown Oakland too.

-----
Trueburger
146 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

Nov 05, 2010
e_tsai in San Francisco Bay Area

Looking for a Tokyo food guide

I'm not sure whether or not he would fit the bill, but we're also in the midst of planning our trip to Japan and I ran across this link to Shinji Nohara - the Tokyo fixer.

He's worked for a couple food pubs. and Bourdain's No Reservations. According to his webpage, he provides:
High-end Travel Planning...
Gourmet Culinary Navigator...
Television Production Support...
Hidden Hotspring Tours / Planning...
Bilingual (English/Japanese) Services...
Location Hunting, Transportation / Fixing...
and much much more.

URL: http://www.tokyofixer.com/

Hope this helps!

Nov 05, 2010
e_tsai in Japan

The Candy Store (on Vallejo/Polk), SF - Hurry for the Nestle Green Tea Kit Kat from Japan ($4/box)

We stopped by Nijiya this afternoon, and didn't see the Green Tea today either; however, we did see bags of mini Custard Pudding Kit Kats, in addition to the Milk Coffee, Semisweet, and Banana.

-----
Green Tea Cafe
1639 Bonanza St, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Apr 24, 2010
e_tsai in San Francisco Bay Area

Hainan Chicken Rice or Khao Man Gai Recommendations in the Bay Area?

Fantastic, thanks 'hounds for all of the tips so far!

I emailed organicchickenrice.com to see if they allow pickup - unfortunately, I don't live within the delivery areas but could drive to Berkeley...can't wait!

A co-worker mentioned that Thai House Express off Larkin in SF has a good rendition of KMG - has anyone tried it?

-----
Thai House Express
901 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Apr 24, 2010
e_tsai in San Francisco Bay Area

Hamon Washoku in San Carlos. Anyone been?

Agreed - we had a wonderful time there! Once I found out he set up shop in my hometown, I made it a point to visit when I was down at my parent's place...though we didn't have a chance to sit at the bar as we were a large party. We'll be back!

Apr 08, 2010
e_tsai in San Francisco Bay Area

Kopitiam: New Singaporian Restaurant in Lafayette

Ah, my late-night search skills failed me - I did a search for "Hainan Chicken Rice" but didn't do a restaurant-specific one. Thanks for the tip and the link, Melanie - it looks like there were a few Kopitiam alternatives on that thread that I'll have to check out.

Nov 25, 2009
e_tsai in San Francisco Bay Area

Hainan Chicken Rice or Khao Man Gai Recommendations in the Bay Area?

With the cold weather and inspired by this LA board post on the best Hainan Chicken Rice in OC/LA (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/397881), I did a search on the SF boards and came across Kopitiam in Lafayette a few times. As luck would have it, they've closed and I missed the earlier announcement on the boards.

Does anyone have any recommendations for Hainan Chicken Rice in the Bay Area? Or better yet, the Thai variation, Khao Man Gai? I tried KMG it for the first time in Portland at Nong's on 10th and Alder, and am craving more.

Thanks!

Edited to Add: ...still getting used to search - just ran across this recent Khao Man Gai thread (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/664191), so maybe more Hainan Chicken Rice recs.?

-----
Kopitiam Restaurant
3647 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549

Nov 25, 2009
e_tsai in San Francisco Bay Area

Kopitiam: New Singaporian Restaurant in Lafayette

Inspired by this LA post on the best Hainan Chicken Rice (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/397881), I did a search on the SF boards and came across Kopitiam in Lafayette a few times.

As luck would have it, I think I might have just missed out, as Yelp reviewers are saying that it closed this past Monday (http://www.yelp.com/biz/kopitiam-lafa...). Are there any other spots in the Bay Area to get a fix?

-----
Kopitiam Restaurant
3647 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549

Nov 24, 2009
e_tsai in San Francisco Bay Area

Noise level at Quince?

We had a late dinner there on Sunday evening and although it was lively, I wouldn't classify it as loud either. We arrived right before 10PM, so not exactly peak time; however all of the tables around us were still occupied with parties of four, and the private dining room was occupied as well.

We sat at a table for two, right outside the private dining room and adjacent to the brick walls that singleguychef describes and had a wonderful time. The food was lovely, but the pacing was a bit slower than other tasting menus we have tried in the past, and save for a water mixup - they accidentally refilled our sparkling with still, but caught it towards the end of the meal - the service was pleasant and attentive. One of us had the Porcini 5-Course, and the other the regular 5-Course Tasting, we added the cheese course and wine pairing as well. Enjoy!

-----
Quince Restaurant
470 Pacific Av, San Francisco, CA 94133

Nov 23, 2009
e_tsai in San Francisco Bay Area

Hamon Washoku in San Carlos. Anyone been?

Thanks, Chowhounds! It looks like he's over at Hachi Ju Hachi in Saratoga, can't wait to check it out when we're in town.

Hachi Ju Hachi Post: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/667755
Restaurant URL: http://www.hachijuhachi88.com/

Nov 17, 2009
e_tsai in San Francisco Bay Area

Help me choose my birthday dinner: Chez Panisse or Commis?

Agreed - another vote for Commis, chef's counter. For the food, and the atmosphere (...it feels "comfortable". i.e., we'd feel equally appropriate going casual for a weekday meal or dressy for a special occasion - not sure I'd say the same about CP downstairs), I would definitely give it a try.

Have a wonderful birthday - no matter where you end up, you really can't go wrong deciding between two great restaurants in the E. Bay.

Oct 28, 2009
e_tsai in San Francisco Bay Area

Recommendations for large group dinner

We've planned a few customer group dinners in the same general area (Embarcadero/Financial District), and have tried the following places:

1. Perbacco (you can carry a conversation in the room, it's not nearly as loud as the main area, price fit within the $100/pp budget)
2. Globe Restaurant (mutiple options, but I believe there was a private dining area, safe choice)
3. One Market (don't remember if it's within price range)
4. Epic Roasthouse (less about the food, more about the atmosphere)
5. Waterbar (less about the food, more about the atmosphere, seafood-centric)
6. Kokkari Restaurant (borderline ethnic, room is away from the main area, might be too quiet)

I can recommend any of the first three, the last three are maybe's but could work - hope this helps!

Oct 07, 2009
e_tsai in San Francisco Bay Area

Breakfast at Camino

Thanks for the tip, abstractpoet!

Upon reading your post, we went to try the brunch this morning and it was well worth it. We walked in around 1:00PM and were seated prompty. Altogether, the two of us ordered the two types of eggs - poached and wood-oven baked, the duck fat roasted potatoes, and the butter lettuce salad with beets and herbs, coupled with cups of Four Barrel coffee. They grind the coffee using this antique Enterprise Manufacturing Co. grinder (found on eBay) and the Clever Coffee Dripper from Sweet Maria's. The coffee today was Four Barrel's Guatemala Fina el Injerto Bourbon - a light start with a strong chocolate flavor, delicious.

My only advice would be to try the wood-oven baked egg last if you can. That was my first dish out, and it was so flavorful that at first, I couldn't taste the duck fat in the subsequent potato dish. I ended up dumping the poached egg, once it came out, back into the empty baked egg dish to sop up more of the delicious cream sauce.

We'll definitely be back as well!

Oct 04, 2009
e_tsai in San Francisco Bay Area

French Laundry in Napa or Joel Robuchon in Las Vegas - Which one?

Ditto. To provide some context, we dined at French Laundry back in Jan. '08 and Robuchon in Vegas three months later. Since then, as it has been noted in other posts, TFL's chef has changed.

There were 2-3 interesting standout dishes (and on the flip side at least 1-2 disappointments) on the 13+ course Menu Degustation at Robuchon, coupled with their bounteous bread and mignardise carts (the highlight for me was an amazing chocolate sorbet and surprisingly enough, a soybean dish); however, for the overall atmosphere, experience, and just plain dish-for-dish, TFL came out on top.

Robuchon was fairly easy to reserve and nearly empty when we went for an early dinner (went to catch the late showing of "Love" right afterwards). It definitely felt more stuffy than TFL and as stuff in Vegas tends to be, a bit contrived...I still can't get over some of the inedible, food-like plate props.

With TFL, the reservation was a lot harder to land. We chanced upon an open seating Sunday early AM on OpenTable for the upcoming Tuesday night, drove up there for a late dinner, spent the night at the Milliken Creek Inn, then drove the hour + change back down to work the next morning - it was definitely worth the last-minute scramble!

Bottom line, given the chance to pick one to do over again, we'd likely go back to TFL - this time, in the summer, and for lunch.

Oct 01, 2009
e_tsai in San Francisco Bay Area

Eat Real Fest, Oakland, August 28-30

I stopped by for an hour or so tonight to sample ice cream - parking was easy in the adjacent lot, and there were a few lines for Ici and Scream Sorbet, but by no means were they unbearable. That being said, there was no food, just ice cream, beer, and the Ritual Espresso Trailer and cart, so the next two days may be different.

After five samples and a popsicle, Nieves Cinco de Mayo's elote ice cream & lime sorbet, Cici's strawberry sorbetti & basil gelati, and Blue Moon Organic Strawberry Popsicles from Bi-Rite's stand were standouts - I'll be back for more.

Aug 29, 2009
e_tsai in San Francisco Bay Area

Minamoto Kitchoan, wagashi-ya, opening on Market St

Yep - they have a Minamoto Kitchoan counter right when you walk in, adjacent to the Satura Cakes counter.

Aug 28, 2009
e_tsai in San Francisco Bay Area

Favorite dishes at T-Rex

Ditto - my go-to meal at T-Rex is the Crab Salad + The Other Burger accompanied by the Bloody Mary. I get the deviled eggs if there is someone to share with, and the coffee custard (comes with the beignets) during brunch, occasionally. I was a huge fan of Belma Buckett's cornbread up until about a year ago, but wonder if they're using a different type of honey now, it doesn't soak into the cornbread quite the way it used to.

Jul 01, 2009
e_tsai in San Francisco Bay Area

Oakland: Lush Gelato - Argentine "helado" ... Wow, seriously, wow

Good point, and a good question for these new folks - whether or not they'll be offering one! It'll give me an excuse to plan another visit.

It looks like Tango Gelato, the business that used to be there, offered a "Strawberry Cream" gelato. Their website still lists the old flavors and the since-replaced Oakland location: http://www.tangogelato.com/

May 26, 2009
e_tsai in San Francisco Bay Area

Berkeley brunch

Bette's would be my choice out of your list - we don't do anything fancy when we go. I get the two egg meal (poached or scrambled, depending on my mood) with scones (or whole wheat if I'm feeling healthy) and bacon (which negates any inkling of healthiness); k gets a California Breakfast each and every time - occasionally we get the pancakes, the short stack - always satisfying. Fourth St. is a nice place to meander about and grab a cup of Peet's as well, pre- or post-brunch.

If you head out to Pt. Richmond, Hidden City Cafe is another favorite brunch spot - the home fries are lovely.

Not particularly Californian-inspired, but occasionally, we'll head over to T-Rex in Berkeley for a high-sodium smorgasbord of Bloody Mary's, Maple Sugar Beignets with Espresso Custard (I mostly get it for the custard), Deviled Eggs, and Oysters on the Half Shell.

Good luck!

-----
T-Rex Barbeque
1300 10th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

Hidden City Cafe
109 Park Pl, Richmond, CA 94801

May 26, 2009
e_tsai in San Francisco Bay Area

Fried chicken at T-Rex: meh.

Have you tried Nellie's in Oakland? They're my current fave in the E. Bay

-----
Nellie's Soulfood
1155 3rd St, Oakland, CA 94607

May 25, 2009
e_tsai in San Francisco Bay Area