Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Restaurant Chung Dam - Santa Clara

side dish for wrapping with sliced pork (bossam platter)
Found out about this restaurant on Yelp when I was looking for certain type of Korean dishes. Apparently this restaurant was still pretty new. So we decided to give it a try on a Thursday night thinking it wouldn’t be too busy. When we pulled in the parking lot, we saw group of people walking to the restaurant. The parking lot which the restaurant shared with Motel 6 was full. And at that time it’s only 6:30 !

We found one spot and made our way to the restaurant. The restaurant was huge with nice waiting area. The hostess took my name and told me the wait would be 20 minutes. The décor in the waiting area was nice and made the restaurant felt upscale. There was this huge lighted display in Hangul (Korean characters) that I didn’t understand but I assumed probably some poem ?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Fogo De Chao - San Jose

My salad plate 
I have heard about churrascaria for quite a few years now. A churrascaria is a place where meat is cooked the churrasco style which is roughly translated from Portuguese for barbecue. In short it's widely known as Brazilian style steak house. There are some restaurants that specialize in all you can eat style. One of them is Fogo De Chao,

I have heard about all these Brazilian buffet for quite a while but couldn't bring myself and hubby to go there. Me being cheap just didn't want to pay $50 to have all the meat I can eat. Beside I am not much a meat eater these days. That's why I was so excited when my boss decided that our office would go out have dinner there. Yay.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Gogo Pho - Cupertino

Bun thit nuong - rice vermicelli noodle with bbq pork and assorted salad and herbs
We went and checked out this place for an early lunch on Saturday. The restaurant is located on a strip mall sharing parking lot with a nail place and a salon. And the amount of parking spaces weren't too many. I couldn't quite imagine on a busy time, it must be a bit tricky trying to find a parking spot.

I ordered a vermicelli bowl with bbq pork and hubby as usual went for the noodle soup. I would recommend the vermicelli bowl with bbq pork, or you could select chicken if you don't like pork. The shredded veggie that came with it makes the meal fresh and crunchy. Normally for this type of dish, the shredded veggies consisted of pickled carrot, cucumber and romaine lettuce. But this place also used mango and pear. Mango and pear gave a bit more sweetness to the greens. It was a nice twist to the conventional style bun thit nuong.

The noodle soup was nothing special. If we go back again, I'd try different dishes that looked more like fusion style.

Gogo Pho
5025 Stevens Creek Blvd
Santa Clara, CA 95051
408 345 4646