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Raku vs Yusho

Raku, hands down.

Jul 08, 2014
snow78 in Las Vegas

Anything decent in the Paris Hotel?

Second Mon Ami Gabi. Right price points for the type of food they serve. Great salads.

Jun 26, 2014
snow78 in Las Vegas

Change at Kabuto. Gen-san is gone.

I am not a connoisseur of good sushi (having had limited good sushi experience), but my dinner at Kabuto over Memorial Day weekend was pleasant.

My husband went for the nigiri course and I went for the Yoroi course. The tuna appetizer was amazing, and coated with the right amount and high quality soy sauce. The memorable items in the sashimi was the surfer clam and oyster. I could have passed on the grill, as it wasn't particularly memorable.

As for the sushi, I think they finally heard the reviewers and ensured that the rice was of proper temperature (just slightly warm and good texture to complement the fish). I didn't quite like what they did to the otoro and kamashita mince over rice (as I felt that it was a waste of good fish) but when I ordered a piece of kamashita nigiri, it was literally melt in the mouth. The least favorite part of the sushi course was the ikura as I felt that it was heavily salted. Otherwise, if given half a chance, I would go back again.

The dessert at Kabuto (green tea tiramisu) was excellent as well and gave the desserts in Sweets Raku a run for their money.

Overall, appropriate price for something good. I would love to visit Gen-san's new place when it opens but I won't turn Kabuto down too.

P/S: The menu in Kabuto still talks about Gen-san.

May 31, 2014
snow78 in Las Vegas

Fine Dining Rec for SF Hound

Bacchanal is the most popular buffet right now, though I haven't been.

I feel that Le Cirque is over priced for what it is and prefer the more contemporary offerings at Sage.

May 16, 2014
snow78 in Las Vegas

Good Tom Yum in South Bay

I have been to a few Thai restaurants in the South Bay but have failed to find a flavorful and spicy Tom Yum soup filled with ingredients such as onions, tomatoes, mushrooms and various seafood. Would typically find kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass in the soup too.

Places I have tried so far:
- Pad Thai
- Thai Basil
- Rama V
- Old Siam
- Thai Spoons
- Thai Chili.

Thanks in advance for help!

May 12, 2014
snow78 in San Francisco Bay Area

Maestros vs Strip Steak

Didn't you ask this question two days ago on another thread?


May 07, 2014
snow78 in Las Vegas

Baba's curry powder in San Francisco or San Jose

Sorry! I read your question wrongly.

May 06, 2014
snow78 in San Francisco Bay Area

Baba's curry powder in San Francisco or San Jose



It's pricey though. But this is the only place I found online (or in Bay Area) that carries yee mee (the real deal).

May 05, 2014
snow78 in San Francisco Bay Area

Change at Kabuto. Gen-san is gone.

Thanks, BRB. I called Raku to make reservations only to find out that they are not open on the days I can go. So I am sticking with Kabuto for now and pray that it is not too bad.

Definitely will try Raku again in a trip where I can make it there. Thanks for the advice.

May 03, 2014
snow78 in Las Vegas

Change at Kabuto. Gen-san is gone.

Was undecided between Kabuto and Raku and decided to go with Kabuto without realizing this... Now torn between canceling my reservations (to go to Raku) or staying on course? Help, anyone?

May 02, 2014
snow78 in Las Vegas

4/26/14 Dining Report - Grand Lux Cafe, O Face Doughnuts, Buldogis Cafe, STRIPSTEAK

When I went to American Fish, I was really disappointed with what I had there (cioppino and scallops). Michael Mina in Bellagio, despite the pot pie, a couple of years earlier was also a disappointment. I really wonder what is the deal with Michael Mina's restaurants. I feel that Andre/ Sage/ Picasso is better.

Apr 30, 2014
snow78 in Las Vegas

Wedding dinner reception & wedding cake

Sounds like something Andre's at Monte Carlo can do for you. I love their food at their price point.

Apr 16, 2014
snow78 in Las Vegas

Please help me finalize dining plans

I-naba was ok but the prices was reasonable. I would definitely go for their soba over their udon, as their udon was very run of the mill.

Mar 31, 2014
snow78 in Las Vegas

shabu shabu in SF?

I liked Mums in Japantown. Fatty sliced beef which is good for shabu shabu. It is an AYCE too.


Aug 02, 2013
snow78 in San Francisco Bay Area

Visitor to Manhattan looking for advice


I will be visiting Manhattan for a business trip next week and my friends have recommended me to the following places.

Lupa (Italian http://www.luparestaurant.com/
Joe's Shanghai.

My budget is limited ($50 per meal) and I would be staying in downtown, but I am willing to cab to places if required.

Does the above places sounds good? Is it safe for a female to travel to those places at night on the subway?

Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks!

Jun 08, 2013
snow78 in Manhattan

Sage, Picasso or Le Cirque?

I haven't been to Le Cirque though I really want to go but price point has been an issue for me.

However, between both Picasso and Sage, I will definitely vote for Picasso. Both food and service at Picasso was way better than what I experienced at Sage. That's not to say that Sage is not good, but my experience in Picasso was that good.

Mar 31, 2013
snow78 in Las Vegas

Sake help in South Bay

Mitsuwa is a good suggestion too! Thanks, I have been wanting to go there but did not have a reason too.

Mar 18, 2013
snow78 in San Francisco Bay Area

Sake help in South Bay

Thanks! Han Kook is just a couple of miles away!

Mar 18, 2013
snow78 in San Francisco Bay Area

Sake help in South Bay

Thanks. I work near the K&L in SF. Will definitely check it out.

Mar 18, 2013
snow78 in San Francisco Bay Area

Sake help in South Bay

I have been tasked to buy sake for a hot pot dinner. I have zero idea on what to get and where to get them. Can someone help me please?

Mar 18, 2013
snow78 in San Francisco Bay Area

Help before I get dragged to the Buffet

Please help.

Our staple anniversary dinner place, Rosemary, closed late last year. It was well within our price range and I truly enjoyed the tasting menu.

Now that it is gone, I have no idea where to go and my husband is threatening to take me to a buffet, albeit a nice one such as Wynn, if I cannot find a Rosemary's replacement.

We have gone to Sage and enjoyed the food there but husband doesn't want to go there again. I would love to go to Le Cirque but that is stretching our budget a bit.

Please help!

Apr 18, 2012
snow78 in Las Vegas

South Bay: BBQ Ribs or Authentic Chinese Dinner

Any Chinese food will do, Szechuan, Hunan, Shanghai, Cantonese, Beijing, Shandong. As long as it is authentic and taste good. Looking for not too much of a hole in the wall though since it is a birthday dinner but not looking to pay more than say, $300 for all of us (if this is a realistic number)? We are not looking into expensive stuffs like "buddha jumps over the wall". But just good, authentic Chinese that is not American at all!

Thanks for the replies so far!

Jun 03, 2008
snow78 in San Francisco Bay Area

South Bay: BBQ Ribs or Authentic Chinese Dinner

Sorry about the double post, but I accidentally post twice! How do I delete this?

It is my mom's birthday this weekend and I want to take her for a great dinner since it is rare that I get to celebrate her birthday with her (she is in Malaysia most of the time).

Her choices are either bbq ribs or a good chinese dinner. Being from Malaysia, I would prefer to take her to an authentic Chinese place in the South Bay that's not a hole in the wall, if we end up going for Chinese.

We will be at my sister's place in Sunnyvale. She is not much of a foodie, I am in So Cal so I am not sure of food places in the South Bay.

Does anyone have any good recommendation? We are looking for a place within 15-20 miles for Sunnyvale and there will be 8 adults and 2 kids (4 & 8).

Thanks in advance for your help.

Jun 02, 2008
snow78 in San Francisco Bay Area

Ethnic Asian Food in Thousand Oaks

Was there twice when they first opened (sometime last year). Undercooked vegetables both times for my curry.

Co-worker's Pad Thai was a definite miss. Another co-worker requested for no peppers and onions, guess what happened?

Feb 23, 2008
snow78 in Los Angeles Area

Yee Sang, a.k.a. Raw Fish Salad

For those who are interested in Yee Sang, a.k.a. Raw Fish Salad (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yee_Sang), I found it in Belacan Grill today. However, they only have it till this Thursday (Feb 21, 2008).

I had their roti canai, chilli crab, char kuey teow and string beans with belacan today. Pretty decent but pricey.

Their soy milk with grass jelly was a sad miss. I have yet to find good soy milk with grass jelly in US!

The bill with yee sang for 2, roti canai, chilli crab (had more than enough to take some home), char kuey teow, string beans and soy milk drink came up to $80 after tips.

Belacan Grill
2701 190th St # 100
Redondo Beach, CA 90278

Feb 17, 2008
snow78 in Los Angeles Area

Ethnic Asian Food in Thousand Oaks

Bought 1/2 roast duck yesterday from Sam Woo and devoured half of it in one sitting.

I find Valley Produce cheap when it comes to produce and will venture to either 99 Ranch in Van Nuys or San Gabriel.

Thanks for your reply! =)

Nov 12, 2007
snow78 in Los Angeles Area

Good food recs near T.O/Ventura

I have relatives visiting me next weekend from South Bay/Silicon Valley, Northern California.

They are Chinese, not into meat, and I would like to take them to good food places that they may not find in Silicon Valley, North California and could anyone recommend any good food places?

Willing to travel to the Valley, perhaps San Gabriel too. Appreciate your help! Thanks in advance.

P/S: Does anyone know of a good Chinese restaurant supply shop? Looking for a wok and all. Thanks!

Sep 29, 2007
snow78 in Los Angeles Area

Ethnic Asian Food in Thousand Oaks

Thanks for the Haweli recommendation! We went there tonight and the food was great!

The best thing was that they have a grocery store section that stocks British food!

Thanks again

Sep 07, 2007
snow78 in Los Angeles Area

TO/Newbury Park: Gaya Korean BBQ Restaurant

I am not sure if anyone had posted about this before but if they did, I sure wished I saw the post earlier!

We stumbled across this non-descript Korean restaurant when we were grocery shopping in Vons in Newbury Park, CA. I was delighted to find a Korean restaurant as I have been craving for some Korean BBQ lately. I immediately made plans to visit the very next day after work. However, as I had to work late today, we arrived only at 8.30pm and the place closes at 9pm!

We placed our orders for Dwe Ji Bulgoki (bbq marinated slices of pork) and Chicken Bulgoki at the counter and found our seats. There were only another table occuppied at such a late hour.

They took some time to cook our food and we were served the normal lettuce and carrot salad with sesame salad dressing. Pretty normal salad that you usually have in a not-fancy Japanese joint.

After a while, they provided the usual small plates of Korean "appetizers". The kimchi tasted pretty authentic and since both of us hate kimchi, we barely touched it. The other salads were appetizing though.

Then the tasty sizzling plates of chicken and pork arrived. It was delicious and we finished it off although the portions were enough for 4 of us!

A very satisfying meal for $24. We definitely plan to return again to try the Bibimpap and Galbi Tang.

Gaya Korean BBQ Restaurant
2110-B Newbury Road
Newbury Park, CA 91320

Aug 20, 2007
snow78 in Los Angeles Area

Dim Sum in Van Nuys

I just moved to TO recently and would be venturing to Van Nuys to shop at Ranch tomorrow (Sunday, April 8).

Are there any decent and affordable dim sum in that area? I am not picky (in terms of taste), anything edible will do, looking for a place that is cheap/affordable and within 15 mins range of Ranch in Van Nuys.

Thanks for your help!

Apr 07, 2007
snow78 in Los Angeles Area