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85C Bakery Cafe, Newark report w/ PICS

The coffee bread and sea salt coffee seem to be their most famous items but you're right the mochi egg tart is great as well.

Wonder how the quality here stacks up to LA. I used to be a regular at the Irvine location so would like to hear from someone that has tried both.

Nov 19, 2013
mliew in San Francisco Bay Area

85 Degrees C (85C) Bakery Taiwanese chain coming to Bay Area (potentially Newark / Union City / Fremont)

Anyone have any updates on progress/potential opening date?

Nov 08, 2013
mliew in San Francisco Bay Area

Wading through South Bay's great Indian restaurants

Are there any good Punjabi style non-vegetarian restaurants in South Bay? Seems most of the restaurants in the area are Pakistani or southern indian.

As a reference there's a place called Punjabi Tandoor with locations in San Diego and Anaheim that was one of my favorites and I haven't yet found a place up here where I prefer the curries.

Aug 09, 2013
mliew in San Francisco Bay Area

Where can I find the best San Diego Style Al Pastor and Carne Asada burritos in San Francisco?

Funny that you bring this topic up nmatteso. My GF and I also recently moved to the Bay Area from San Diego and the SD style Mexican food is one of the things that we miss the most. As much as I can appreciate mission style burritos SD has it's own style of mexican food that I have not found anywhere else.

Would love to find some decent Carne Asada fries or a California burrito around here. Our favorites in SD were Lolita's and MXN (formerly Santana's).

Jul 17, 2013
mliew in San Francisco Bay Area

Chowdown at Fey Restaurant [Menlo Park]

Pretty much anywhere except North Bay would be doable if it was truly outstanding. I realize it's getting off the subject though so I apologize for derailing the thread. I've been to Spicy Empire in San Mateo and while it was solid it didn't blow me away. I guess I was hoping there would be one place that really stands out above the rest (sort of like Koi Palace for dim sum) but perhaps that's not the case when it comes to Sichaun food around here.

May 03, 2013
mliew in San Francisco Bay Area

Chowdown at Fey Restaurant [Menlo Park]

I've been following the discussions on Fey for a while here and have been wavering between trying it and not since reviews have been pretty mixed.

What do you guys/gals consider to be the best Sichaun restaurant in the Bay Area? I've really been missing great Sichaun food since moving here from San Diego which despite the severe lack of good Cantonese food had one of the best Sichaun restaurants I've ever eaten at (Ba Ren).

May 03, 2013
mliew in San Francisco Bay Area

Champagne Buffet Opening in San Mateo

I happened to walk by Champagne a couple weeks ago and noticed that they were closed for "remodeling". I figured there's a good chance they wouldn't reopen so interesting to know that they're back as a buffet. I agree on the deserted part, everytime I walked by at night the place was completely dead. With so many other cantonese options in the area though I'm not surprised.

Apr 30, 2013
mliew in San Francisco Bay Area

85 Degrees C (85C) Bakery Taiwanese chain coming to Bay Area (potentially Newark / Union City / Fremont)

Exciting news for sure. I used to be a regular at the Irvine location and now have to wait to get my fix when I go down to visit. 85C is a step above Paris Baguette and Sheng Kee IMO so it would be a welcome addition to the asian bakery scene up here.

Mar 22, 2013
mliew in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to buy live fish (to steam at home)?

Iffy to downright nasty is exactly right. I'm not surprised they are refreezing the fish based on the texture and flavor. Couple times I bought fish there in the evening to cook the next day and by that time the smell was so awful I had to throw it out. I won't buy fish from 99 Ranch anymore.

Mar 21, 2013
mliew in San Francisco Bay Area

Where to buy live fish (to steam at home)?

I'm interested in finding this out as well. The quality of fish at 99 Ranch is pretty poor (at least at the one near where I live in Foster City). Would be nice if there was a higher quality but not necessarily ridiculous expensive mid-range option for fish anywhere on the Peninsula/South Bay.

Mar 19, 2013
mliew in San Francisco Bay Area

TPumps - New bubble tea place in Outer Sunset, SF

Sounds interesting, never had milk tea with condensed milk before. I'll have to give it a try sometime.

Mar 18, 2013
mliew in San Francisco Bay Area

TPumps - New bubble tea place in Outer Sunset, SF

Completely agree with your assessment of the tea. Tried it once and found the tea to be way too sweet. If they are using premium tea it's going to waste because any tea flavor is masked by all the sugar and flavoring that they put into it. I think the popularity of this place is mostly due to the large portion size they give you for the price which appeals to the teen/college crowd that they attract.

Cafe LaTTea is good, but my favorite is Tea Station in Newark. It's too bad they only have one location up here as in Socal they are all over the place. Their drinks are pricey but nothing I've had comes close to their quality.

Mar 15, 2013
mliew in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Chicken Makhani on the Peninsula/South Bay?

Thanks for the suggestions everyone will give those places a try. Taste Buds is one of the places that was on my list, the one thing I noticed that makes me hesitate is that it in the pictures it seems they use chicken breast in their butter chicken. Is that true? I've only ever had it with thigh meat and assume that is the more authentic and my preferred cut of chicken.

Mar 13, 2013
mliew in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Chicken Makhani on the Peninsula/South Bay?

Does anyone have a suggestion for a place with great Chicken Makhani/Butter Chicken, preferably near San Mateo?

I've tried Clay Oven in downtown San Mateo and found it to be pretty mediocre and americanized. I'm looking more for something home style, hole in the wall, ambiance is not important. Seems that Sunnyvale is probably more of a better bet to find great indian food but there's so many places there it's hard to know which ones are worth trying.

Mar 12, 2013
mliew in San Francisco Bay Area

Street Food [San Mateo]

Thanks for the review. Wish they had a website or menu online. What other dishes besides skewers do they have?

As much as I like skewered meat I see them more as a snack and less as a meal and I'm usually craving something more substantial at say dinner time. I'm wondering if the trend towards all these small plate restaurants is just so restaurants can make more money.

Feb 11, 2013
mliew in San Francisco Bay Area

Key Biscayne Recommendations

My girlfriend and I are planning a vacation to Miami at the end of March to see the tennis tournament on Key Biscayne. Looking for a few restaurant recommendations in the area for dinner. Doesn't necessarily need to be on Key Biscayne but something that is 15 mins or so away from the tennis center in Crandon Park would be ideal.

- Prefer casual, not too pricey places.
- Food quality is the most important, ambiance is secondary.
- We are from the SF Bay Area so prefer latin cuisines/food not easily found around here.

Thanks in advance!

Feb 11, 2013
mliew in Miami - Fort Lauderdale

Had dinner at ABC Bakery and Cafe, San Mateo

I would characterize Cooking Papa as a casual cantonese BBQ/Seafood place (similar to the Sam Woo chain in Southern CA). They do serve those dishes you mentioned as well as milk tea, but it's not a Cha Chaan Teng in the sense that they don't serve any western style fusion dishes.

You're right about ABC Seafood. It's a typical upscale banquet Cantonese seafood place similar to Koi Palace, HK Flower Lounge, Mayflower, etc.

Jan 10, 2013
mliew in San Francisco Bay Area

Had dinner at ABC Bakery and Cafe, San Mateo

The food at Cooking Papa is much different than ABC Cafe. Perhaps you are thinking of ABC Seafood which is a cantonese seafood restaurant which is similar to Cooking Papa. But Hong Kong Cafe food is a whole different style.

CP does have good food though, one of my favorites on the Peninsula.

Jan 09, 2013
mliew in San Francisco Bay Area

Had dinner at ABC Bakery and Cafe, San Mateo

I've been here twice and found the food to be pretty mediocre. Certainly doesn't compare to a place like Garden Cafe in San Gabriel.

Are there are great HK cafes on the Peninsula or South Bay?

Jan 08, 2013
mliew in San Francisco Bay Area

Has anyone been to Chambers in SF's Tenderloin?

I've been there once. Like hyperbowler said the atmosphere is nice, very trendy and modern feeling. I agree the burger is solid but nothing to write home about.

Jan 02, 2013
mliew in San Francisco Bay Area

Higuma Redwood City found the food fine but frustrated with everything else

$15 minimum is actually pretty low in my experience. The standard seems to be around $20. That is pretty bad for them to be pushing the check on people and charging people for to go containers is just plain cheap. Definitely never heard of that before.

Dec 21, 2012
mliew in San Francisco Bay Area

Foster City San Mateo

Haven't been there. I do remember reading about it on Yelp but last I checked it was marked as "Closed". Interesting to know that it has reopened. Will have to try it out sometime.

Dec 19, 2012
mliew in San Francisco Bay Area

Foster City San Mateo

I moved to Foster City about 9 months ago and have had an opportunity to try most of the restaurants in the FC/San Mateo area that are discussed on here. While there are a couple of gems, I've generally been disappointed in the quality of the places and the lack of variety. There seem to be plenty of choices for a quality bowl of ramen (Santa Ramen and Ramen Parlor being at the top of that list) and a couple good chinese places (Cooking Papa and Little Shanghai) but everything else is pretty mediocre.

Would love some suggestions for good vietnamese, indian, and thai. For "indian" the most popular place seems to be Curry Up Now but I find their Tikka Masala way too sweet and the menu too non-traditional. Would love to find a nice hole in the wall place mid-peninsula without having to drive down to Sunnyvale but it seems that none exist.

Dec 12, 2012
mliew in San Francisco Bay Area

Happy noodles [San Mateo]

Is this the place that replaced Sun Tung?

Dec 03, 2012
mliew in San Francisco Bay Area

Quickly in Redwood City

I happened to stumble upon this place the other day after a lunch at Old Port Lobster Shack. Does seem like a strange location for a boba place but nice to know there's a boba option even in RWC. I agree that Quickly isn't that great though. Now if they'd open a Tea Station on the Peninsula that would be awesome.

Nov 16, 2012
mliew in San Francisco Bay Area

Punjabi Tandoor--what to order

I usually get the Chicken Makhani and the Rogan Josh. Chicken Makhani is the best I've had anywhere.

Jul 12, 2012
mliew in San Diego

Casual dinner Hayward

Can anyone recommend a place for a quick casual dinner in Hayward? Looking for the following:

1. Sit down or not doesn't matter.
2. Preferably close to I-880.
3. No indian or mexican food (friend doesn't like them).

Did a search for Hayward but most of the threads are a few years old. Is it pretty slim pickings when it comes to Chow worthy restaurants in the area? Would prefer to not venture too far from the area as we will be meeting up Friday evening and want to avoid traffic.

Thanks!

May 14, 2012
mliew in San Francisco Bay Area

TW Village Bistro, Now Open in San Mateo

Went to TW Village Bistro a couple weeks ago after reading about it on here. Sadly I was pretty disappointed by the food and I'd say the quality is quite a bit lower than Liang's Kitchen. We had the beef pancake wrap and the oxtail noodles. The wrap was a little on the bland side and the pancake was soggy, not crispy on the outside but soft on the inside as it is at LK. The oxtail was cooked nicely, the meat was soft and the fat rendered, however the sauce was lacking in flavor and depth and there wasn't enough of it to go around for all of the noodles.

May 09, 2012
mliew in San Francisco Bay Area

Los Pueblos - Clairemont Mesa (Chilangos)

Thanks for the heads up. I really missed Chilangos. Glad to see they are back. Will definitely try to hit this place up soon.

Feb 09, 2012
mliew in San Diego

Best Mexican in Hillcrest or Anywhere

I've had the carne asada at Tacos El Gordo in National City and didn't think it was anything special. The Adobada however is outstanding.

Jan 27, 2012
mliew in San Diego