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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Pacific Heights Inn - San Francisco

Taken the next day - so it wasn't as neat as it should be. 
This review is so overdue. We were there on Christmas Eve. We chose San Francisco as an alternative for Santa Monica beach to catch pokemon. lol. It's way closer to home.

We got there just in time to check in and the process was simple and pretty straight forward. We were given the room card and notified where the breakfast would be served and the time. The breakfast turned out to be very simple of bananas and cookies on that small area next to the receptionist.

We got a room facing the street with a window that could actually open. Yay. When we went in the room smelled a bit lack of air. So we opened it and let it air for a good 15 minutes while we charged our phones. After that it smelled perfectly fine.

The room was a bit small just with a desk on the right hand corner as we stood by the door. There was a big flat screen TV facing our bed. The inn I think was a bit outdated but it's clean and just perfect for us. We decided to leave our car there and just walked out to Pier 39.

Pacific Heights Inn
1555 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Phone: (415) 776-3310

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Revisited (again) : Hakka Restaurant - San Francisco

Braised pork belly with preserved mustard green (mei cai gou rou)
This is our third time at this restaurant. We've taken friend from out of town and this time we brought another set of friends. I was glad that they were open because it was Dec 26th and some restaurant closed for a few days.

We got there almost 1 pm and the restaurant wasn't too busy. The customers looked like local people taking lunch break. We got a table close to the door. The menus were brought out. I like their picture menus. Everything looked so delicious.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Thai Orchid - Campbell

Papaya salad (som tum) would have been better if we have asked for a little bit spicier.

We met up with some friends here for dinner. The restaurant has its own parking lot which was very helpful. When we got there was just 1 or 2 spots left so I thought the restaurant must be full.

When we walked in we saw this hallway that looked like someone’s living room with some chairs. As we walked further it opened up to what looked like an open area with some tables and chairs. That part didn’t seem to be meant for guests. But then upon hearing that we needed a table for six then one of the waiter just put together a few chairs and tables for us. It seemed like the restaurant at one point was a house before. And the seating area was like a U shape with the kitchen in the middle. Very interesting. It felt like having dinner at someone’s house.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Hana Zen - San Francisco

Spicy tuna roll
This year's Christmas eve we spent at San Francisco catching pokemon. Yup, you read it right. Catching pokemon. No better place to catch pokemon in San Francisco other than Pier 39. So we decided to also plan for a dinner there so we don't have to venture out for meal. Of all the choices available we decided on Hana Zen - a restaurant offering Japanese cuisine at the end of the pier.

We got there early like around 5:30 and the sun was just about to set. Though we got a window table facing Golden Gate bridge, the sunset was not very impressive due to the cloudy sky. And I think the Chart House on the end of the pier would have a better view of the bridge on a clear day.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Alexander's Steak House - Cupertino

This year's company holiday dinner was held at Alexander's steak house in Cupertino. The restaurant has moved from the Vallco mall location to the new Main St at Cupertino facing Stevens Creek Blvd.

I was going to order the fillet mignon but another coworker asked if anyone wanted to share with her. I thought why not and asked her what she had on mind. She wanted to try surf and turf and I thought that was a better idea. So we agreed on that.

The bread selection was fantastic. Most of the restaurants I went to only serve plain bread but Alexander's actually served different types of bread from regular bread to mini onion cheese croissant and herb ciabatta (?). We couldn't help but asked for seconds.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Pho Ha Noi is back !

Years ago  there was a Pho Hanoi in the Evergreen area of San Jose (Capitol Expressway and Silvercreek Rd, I think). One day we found out that it was closed. We were devastated as that was the only place we knew that served northern style pho noodle soup with fresh noodle.

A few days ago as I was browsing my Facebook page, I saw a posting mentioning a new restaurant that just opened with the same name. Only one way to find out which is to give it a try.

So this weekend we decided to drop by and check it out. The location is at the Vietnam Town shopping center which is next to Grand Century Mall on Story Rd in San Jose. The shopping mall has been completed at least a few years by now. But sadly there were still a lot of empty shops. The restaurant is located at the end corner from Story Rd so just keep on going once you make a turn into the shopping mall.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Revisited : Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant, San Jose

The dishes were served on a big platter with the injera bread as under lining.
Tried this restaurant about 2 years ago. This time we had some visitors from out of town and decided to give them a different cuisine to try.

We were there on Friday night after Thanksgiving. The restaurant was pretty busy during dinner time. We got a table on one of those lower ethnic table next to the guy playing live music. I didn't even know that they have live music. It could be new or it could be only on a certain night which we didn't get to experience last time.

Since we didn't quite enjoy some of the dishes we got before so we decided not to order the combo. We got more heads this time so we got more people giving opinions. In the end we settled with 4 meat dishes and 1 chickpea dish. And I actually enjoyed it way better this time.

I think the dishes we ordered were shuro wot (chickpea dish), ye doro wot which was made of chicken drumstick with spices and served with egg and home made cheese. Another chicken dish was called ye doro kitfo which was made of ground chicken and cooked with spices. And the last one was tibs firfir which was cubed lean beef sauteed with onion, tomato and green pepper.

Zeni Ethiopian Restaurant
The Plaza Shopping Center, 1320 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA 95129
Phone: (408) 615-8282