Thursday, March 9, 2017

Orale Mex Grill - Campbell

Fish taco up close
The visit to this Mexican restaurant was completely unplanned. We happened to be in the Campbell area and was looking for some place to eat. It was pass 2 pm and some restaurants that we wanted to go were closing soon so we decided to go for somewhere closer. Hubby mentioned a fish taco place that he saw before. So there we went.

It's located on Winchester Boulevard on a stand alone lot with enough parking spots. It was pass lunch time so parking was easy. We were greeted warmly by the guy behind the register. Probably the owner ? He even suggested their special which was the 2 tacos breaded halibut with rice, salad and drink. We wanted a horchata drink so he added another $1 to our order. No problem. And we added another order of camarones a la diabla.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Indian style pizza at Tasty Subs and Pizza Restaurant - Sunnyvale

Colorful pizza - top : garlic tandoori - bottom : spicy butter chicken
First time trying the pizza here was some time in 2016. At the time I was not very impressed with the topping. I guess we chose the wrong topping. I guess there's probably no such toppings as wrong. But more like toppings that give you most satisfaction.

This time around we decided to go for 3 Idiots (spicy butter chicken pizza) and Agneepath (garlic tandoori pizza). We called in to order a medium size with half half of the toppings above. But then were told to better order a large one for the same price. Confused but we obliged.

Fifteen minutes later we were there picking up our order. The pizza was huge - I would say as big as the size of Costco pizza. The price was just about $20. A very good value.

But other than being a good value, the taste was even more awesome. The jalapeno topping really added a kick to the level of spiciness. This pizza combo will now be our favorite pizza.
up close : garlic tandoori with sliced of jalapeno here and there and generous amount of cilantro
spicy butter chicken - also with generous topping of cilantro

Tasty Subs & Pizza
528 Lawrence Expy, Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Phone: (408) 738-876

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Hubby's first plate : mysore bonda, dosa on top, eggplant pickle, lemon rice, a few chutney
Unexpectedly came across this restaurant on Yelp when researching some other cuisine. Seeing how this restaurant was rated pretty high by other Yelpers intrigued me. I am always opened to try Indian style buffet. But through one of the reviews I learnt about thalis which was also served at this restaurant. Curious I decided we need to try it ourselves.

According to the photos posted on Yelp, thalis are served Monday-Thursday while Friday and weekends are buffet style. I was interested in checking out their thalis. It's harder to make time to go there on weekday with hubby. So one Monday when we had time we decided to go though the weather was stormy with pouring rain. Surprisingly the restaurant was busy but unfortunately they served buffet that day instead of thalis. Oh well, we'd have to come back another time.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Tay Ho - Santa Clara

#11 Tay Ho special combo platter
Passing by the strip mall at the corner of El Camino and Scott I never knew that a new restaurant just opened up recently. So when I found out about it I thought we should give it a try.

The name sounded like another restaurant in San Jose which I think specialized almost the same thing. Maybe they are related ?

The strip mall where it is located wasn't exactly a well kept strip mall. The strip mall itself was a bit run down. Though some businesses there are doing okay like Kotetsu ramen, Smart & Final and Fedex store. But the restaurant was very nicely done. Modern looking with some single stool seating facing the parking area. Next to it were the booth seating with some built-in burners. I don't quite get the burners on the table with the hoods on top of tables. Are they doing bbq menu as well ?? I didn't see it on the menu though.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Ipoh Garden - Millbrae

Char kway teow - stir fry rice noodle on a stainless steel serving wok
Found this restaurant when searching for new Malaysian restaurant in the Bay Area. So on the way back from San Francisco we decided to give it a try.

It is located next to Millbrae station. Coming from Hwy 101 take the Millbrae exit and after you passed Millbrae station make a right turn onto El Camino and the restaurant will be on the right hand side almost immediately.

Street parking is available or try using the City of Millbrae lot just behind the restaurant (look for sign). Do not use the lot next to the restaurant because that one belongs to another diner.

It was on Sunday afternoon around 1 pm and the restaurant wasn't too busy. We placed our orders of char kway teow (stir fry rice noodle), mee siam and Singapore chili tofu. Then we sat around taking in the decor of the restaurant. It's pretty spacious inside with bright cheerful walls and murals of some famous Penang Street Art. Tables and chairs were light stain wood.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Shanghai Flavor Shop - Sunnyvale

fried pork bun
A friend referred us to this restaurant. She said make sure to try the fried pork bun and the green onion noodle. So with that recommendation in mind we went to check out the restaurant.

They close at 3 pm on Saturday. We got there after 2 pm and was still busy. There were 2 people by the door which I first thought were waiting for order pick up. But then I realized that they were waiting for a table. The boss behind the counter didn't greet us or said anything. I saw a sign on sheet so I decided to just put our name on it.

Just a few minutes waiting the other 2 people got a table. And only then I noticed that there was another empty table. I waited for one of the ladies waiter to make eye contact and signaled to her that we wanted a table for 2. While waiting for the table to be ready, there was a commotion between the lady boss and one of the lady waiter. Apparently one of the patrons were ready to pay but haven't received their bill yet. So lady boss was asking lady waiter what was the table number. Or more like lady boss was yelling at lady waiter for not being able to provide answer to the question. And there I was hoping that lady boss not going to yell at us for not able to order in Chinese.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Chinese New Year 2017 - Year of the Rooster

Bruneian style kuih mor

Shrimp crackers - fresh out of the pot

Shrimp crackers served with nyonya acar (pickle vegetables)

Kuih sapit (coconut rolls)

Pineapple pastries

Please see link below for recipe of :

Nyonya acar (pickle vegetables)

Pineapple pastries (nastar or pineapple roll)