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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sushi Infinity - San Jose

Found this establishment a few days ago while flipping through Metro newspaper. A made to order all you can eat sushi ?? Wow..not too many around.  Other places for sushi buffet shows reviews that were not too convincing so we haven't tried any yet. For our sushi craving, so far Todai - Cupertino had been able to satisfy us but Todai had been replaced by Tatami which was also okay only.

So taking with us a $4 off coupon from Metro we embarked on our journey to give Sushi Infinity a try. It was located on a of newly built row of stores along The Alameda. The restaurant seems to be pretty new and nicely decorated with two huge mirrors on each side of the wall if you walk in from the front door. The back door opens to the parking lot which wasn't big enough to cater to all the clients of the businesses on that row of stores. But there was a city parking lot adjacent to it or street parking like we did.

Besides the all you can eat, one could also order from regular menu. I like the way they take order for the all you can eat option. The menu was laminated and we were given a dry erase marker. Each person can only order 3 items from the menu each time. Customer mark whatever they want and the chef is going to make those order. Then they'll bring back the menu and if you want a second round just mark a few more again and so on.

For the first plate, we got unagi and scallop from the nigiri style sushi and spicy tuna from the regular roll menu. From the special roll we got Highway, Hot Night and Lady in Red - those were all marked with the 'chili' sign. :) As you can see our first platter was fully occupied compared to the platter after that and after that. Lady in Red was a killer - the sriracha sauce drizzled on top was fiery. But at the end of that plate, we thought all those mayo, sauce, chilli sauce were a bit too salty for our liking. Maybe we should have ordered more from the nigiri style sushi.

Second round came and I was feeling a bit stuffed but was determined to try more. So we got squid, ebi, (more) unagi and fire from the regular roll menu. One bite into the fire roll I thought it was okay. Nothing special. Took another roll and this time I hit the wasabi and the wasabi sauce with sriracha on top. Geez...this is pure torture. So for the next one and next one, I scraped off the sauce and dug out the wasabi from the roll.

To close the day, we decided to try the vegetarian menu. So vegetable tempura and shiitake were the chosen ones. I actually liked shiitake. It got the sweetness that goes well with the sushi rice. The vegetable tempura was a total miss for us. Imagine eating rice with crispy tempura skin and cucumber.

All in all I guess Sushi Infinity is an okay place if you like to eat lots of different kind of sushi. Remember the All You Can Eat is the key word and not the quality or authenticity. It may be a while before we visit them again.


Sushi Infinity
975 The Alameda #80, San Jose, CA   (408) 298-5888
http://sushiinfinity.com/

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Pasta - Korean Drama

Seo Yoo Kyung the kitchen assistant of La Sfera Italian Restaurant was so happy that finally she gets to be a cook. Little did she know that a major change is going to happen to her life. A new head chef, Choi Hyun Wook was just hired and within hours all the female kitchen workers were made to go including Seo Yoo Kyung. Why did Choi hate female so much ? Will Seo get her job back ? You will have to watch it yourself to find out.


Lee Sun Gyun played Choi Hyun Wook, the head chef of La Sfera. He was in Coffee Prince as the guy with the dog. Here he played a bad temper chef with very high attention to detail and perfection. A chef that doesn't like working with female chef in his kitchen and wouldn't date any female that can cook better than him.

Gong Hyo Jin played Seo Yoo Kyung, the most junior chef in the La Sfera kitchen. She got a job at La Sfera in a unique way and is very persistent in hanging on to her job and perfecting her cooking skill. She has a secret admirer that is only known as Mr. Cactus.

Alex played Kim San, a man that was first known as just 'customer', then turned to landlord then to restauranteur. He likes Chef Oh but didn't get the same response. I like this guy, he is cute and very kind.

Lee Ha Nui played Chef Oh Seo Young, an ambitious woman who'd do whatever it takes to be number one chef. She is not as mean as other villain in other korean drama though. Towards the end I actually had sympathy towards her.

I like this drama. It's funny, it's cute and it's delicious. I hate those drama that were predictable so this one got an extra star for not being one of those. And as a foodie I gave it an extra star for showing so much delicioso food on it. I never had the same strong feeling towards any Korean drama since IRIS. :)

official site http://www.imbc.com/broad/tv/drama/pasta/index.html

Saturday, March 13, 2010

McCormick & Kuleto's - San Francisco

Had the chance to check this place out a few weeks ago on a company event. The location was at the famous Ghirardeli Square. The day we were there the weather wasn't exactly the best. We got a private room towards the end of the restaurant with a huge bay window overlooking the bay. Even with the non-cooperating weather, the view was spectacular.

We started our lunch with their specialty clam chowder and sourdough bread. Awesome. It wasn't just the weather, but the soup was actually really tasty. The best clam chowder I've had. Then for the entree, I chose grilled prawn over orzo. Four huge grilled prawn on top of bed of orzo with bites of pine nuts here and there. The prawn worked well with the orzo. Tasty.

For dessert, we were served flourless chocolate cake with raspberry sauce. I normally don't like chocolate cake but I gave it a try. And wow it's dense, dark chocolatey and rich.

Next time we are in the area, we'll for sure make time to stop by and check out other stuff on the menu.

McCormick & Kuleto's Seafood Restaurant

900 North Point St.
(Corner of Beach and Larkin)
San Francisco, CA 94109

Monday, March 8, 2010

Sunny Buffet - Sunnyvale

Found this place accidentally when we were looking for a new place to check out this weekend. The review on Yelp was 3 star and we wanted to find out ourselves whether it's true.
Location is a bit out of place. Easily missed if we haven't looked it up ahead of time. Even that we were doubtful when we got there. They shared parking lot with Sundowner Inn and entrance from parking lot didn't have any sign whatsover. The only sign that says Sunny Buffet was on Mathilda Ave.

The place looked like it had gone through renovation here and there. But some area still looked a bit worn out from previous establishment. We were seated at a booth that I thought was cushy but turned out to be hard because it lost its padding through the years.

Food was typical Chinese seafood buffet. There was sushi on one side and made to order noodle, etc. If you love seafood, this is the place to visit. Crabs with ginger, snow crab legs, mussel with mayo, prawn with mayo, coconut shrimp, oyster with black bean sauce. Those were just to named a few. These all for just $11.99. We went on Saturday afternoon and were told that that's the weekend price whole day. I don't know how much they usually charge for weekday.

Compare to Villa 08-Mountain View, it has about the same quality of sushi. Villa 08 offers more selection on dimsum. But other than that, they both offer the same quality and selection of hot dishes and seafood. If you like sushi though, Tatami Buffet- Cupertino offers more and better selection.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Make your own kettle corn

On a rainy day like this, if you don't feel like going anywhere, get yourself and your loved ones a dvd or two, make some popcorn and you can get entertained at home. I found this video to be very useful in describing how to make popcorn.



I use Orville Redenbacher's popcorn and just followed the instruction on the video. And voila !

Friday, March 5, 2010

Pagan - San Francisco

On our recent visit to Clement Street in San Francisco, we found out this restaurant. There was a huge banner outside said Thai & Burmese Lunch Buffet $9.99. Damn it! We just had our lunch. We so wanted to try it so we made time to go back there last weekend. Ever since Aroy-Dee on Saratoga Ave, San Jose closed down a couple of years ago we missed our Thai buffet. I don't know why there is no other Thai restaurant want to go that way. I guess it doesn't make as much money as selling it ala carte. But think about it, how much rice can a patron actually eat ? And a lot of Thai dishes have to be eaten with rice. While for dishes, just put more veggies to make the curry instead of meat.

Anyhow, so we got there around 12:30. The place looked new, I guess it was just opened. Supposedly there's another location down on Clement with the same name but that location only serves Burmese food. We were seated towards the back of the restaurant, almost next to the buffet line. Perfect ! I noticed the tom yum soup behind me so I went for that one first. The weather was extra cold that day so an idea of a cup of hot soup was just very appealing. While enjoying my soup, hubby went to the beginning of the line. The tom yum had nice flavor. Not too spicy but tasty even though it's mostly soup with a few pieces of tomatoes and some cilantro.

Hubby came back with a plate of tea salad, fried tofu, squash and onion fritters. The onion fritters were actually good, though a bit oily. Later on I took a few more freshly made ones and they tasted wonderful and sweet. Beside those, there were also tea salad, egg curry, beef curry and chicken curry on one side. On the other side were spicy eggplant, papaya salad and pad thai. The egg, beef and chicken curry were very mild. Not at all spicy and more Burmese than Thai influenced. The spicy eggplant was good though not spicy at all for us. Papaya salad was the highlight of our lunch. It was sweet, tangy and spicy enough. Though later on I realized it was spicy not from chillies but more from garlic. One thing missing though, there was no traced of dried shrimp on the papaya salad.



All in all it was a good lunch. Most of the food were mild and delicious. I think being originally Burmese restaurant, Pagan was more comfortable doing Burmese food than Thai. I guess most patrons enjoy the mild Thai food as well. We were quite satisfied even though we were expecting more authentic Thai food.

Pagan
3199 Clement St(at 33rd Ave) San Francisco, CA 94121(415) 751-2598
www.pagansf.com