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Saturday, April 22, 2017

En - Santa Clara

Pork shabu salad
This was referred to me by a Japanese coworker. So we decided to go there on a Friday evening. We got there around 6:30 and it was pretty full already. It was a good thing that we made reservation.

Our table was at the corner where most of the bigger tables were. The place wasn't very big and most of the tables catered towards smaller crowds.

This restaurant was labeled as Japanese tapas restaurant. Their menu was pretty big but most of the items were sort of small. Some of the dishes only had 2-3 pieces on it so we need to order more to cater to our bigger group.

The first two orders we got were salad. They were pretty similar in a way in terms of protein toppings and dressing. One salad with grilled pork belly and the other with boiled pork. The dressing was more salty with a bit sweetness and not so much tanginess. It's different compared to most of salad dressing I know which normally is a combination of some sort of vinegar/lemon, oil and salty ingredient like salt/soy sauce.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Myzen Ramen - Sunnyvale

This ramen place has perfect location for those office worker seeking lunch. Located just off Lawrence Expressway sharing the same parking lot with so many other lunch spots like Tasty Subs and St. John's bar and grill. Really, if I work in the area I would need some time to mull over what for lunch every day.

I found out about this restaurant almost a year ago. Me and hubby tried to go there once during one of those holidays but it was closed. So finally a friend asked to go out for lunch and I suggested this place.

We agreed to meet there on a lunch on Saturday. I was running late and felt so bad when I rushed in. There was no line at the door. I peek my head at the dining area and didn't see my friend. A woman, possibly owner or manager came out to greet me and surprisingly told me that my friend was there but now she was nowhere to be seen. I said thank you and went to the door to make a phone call.

I found my friend finally and we went back to the restaurant. The same woman was happy to see us again and quickly seat us. We went through the menu quickly and decided fast. I ordered the shio ramen (salt base) and my friend ordered the myzen ramen (tonkatsu base).

Our order came pretty fast like within 10 minutes. My bowl of ramen looked pretty promising. The broth looked a little bit brown milkish color and tasted pretty rich though not too overly. The topping consisted of nori, a whole hard boiled seasoned egg, green onion, bamboo shoot, bean sprout, shredded woodear, 2 slices of charsu pork and a slice of cute looking fish cake.

I liked this ramen actually. The broth was rich enough and tasty but not overly rich and loaded with too much sodium. I have tried Orenchi, Santouka and Kotetsu ramen  which I thought was all too salty for my taste. And I learned not to order spicy ramen because a lot of them used some sort of salty (possibly miso) red paste to spice it up. Which a lot of time it ended up making my broth too salty. I just used the red pepper to add some heat on my soup. Slurp.

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

Ulavacharu

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.