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Comment Archives: stories: Food & Drink: Restaurant Review

Re: “Annapurna in Old Oakland Is a New Go-To Spot for 'Everyday' Nepalese-Indian

Just visited Annapurna. Lovely decor, not as good as Hamro Aangan/Albany. The Khashi Ko Masu (goat wet curry) at Annapurna is not as good as at Aangan--lacks complexity and depth. No grilled tomato, btw. The fried fish is also better at Aangan, with a lighter batter and not overcooked. The cauliflower/potato curry was indifferent, too. You're right about the naan and lamb mo-mo's, however--both were outstanding at Annapurna.

Posted by Jean Komatsu 1 on 12/02/2016 at 9:27 PM

Re: “The Isaan-Style Larb at Larb Thai Food & Tapas Is a Knockout

Yes, they are great. I love their noodle soup as well as their ESAN (Thai Laos Mixed) style food. Bamboo soup, the BBQ ribs, and their soft sticky rice. Mann, it made me hungry just to think about it. Too bad, we live very far away. But, we will go again this weekend.

Can't have enough of good Thai food.

Posted by Thaiinus on 12/02/2016 at 5:18 AM

Re: “The Isaan-Style Larb at Larb Thai Food & Tapas Is a Knockout

Oh OK.. this is in the same little strip as my favorite cheap lunch deals from the Banh Mi place. For $3 one can get FULL off of a cool banh mi (bread could be softer at times tho). Now I have a new spot to haunt at lunch. Love me some laab

Posted by Anthony Moore on 11/30/2016 at 8:47 PM

Re: “At Belly in Uptown Oakland, the California-Korean Burrito Comes North

Alice Woo has been giving me a bad vibe for awhile now. I think she is racist and she obviously doesn't care about social issues like gentrifciation because she's a successful business owner. I'm so not surprised to hear about your experience there Becca. Every time I've gone in there she gives off a bad energy. Your story just confirmed that she is definitely a racist person who I personally think needs to check herself before she talks foolishness to the wrong one.

Posted by Imani Evans on 11/23/2016 at 7:08 PM

Re: “Good Time Fixins in Oakland Makes a Damn Good $6 Burger

My go-to place for great comfort bar eats.

The tots remind me of my Portland, OR roots.

Posted by Perry Plath on 11/23/2016 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Hina Yakitori in Oakland Works Magic with Whole Chickens and a Charcoal Grill

'But much of why I loved the place had to do with the other sensory pleasures that come with sitting at the counter to watch the chefs do their thing in the smoke-filled haze of the kitchen fiddling with the vents on the grill or flipping pieces of fried chicken over with a pair of chopsticks. It's a scene that could as easily take place in a back alley in Tokyo as an upscale-ish restaurant in Oakland.'

Yes! Sitting at the counter and smelling like the skewers is what makes a yakitori-ya experience special.

Posted by Sampson Shen on 11/15/2016 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Agrodolce in North Berkeley Serves Up Sicilian Specialties and Old-School Vibes

how does one reconcile Sicilian poverty cuisine with saffron? arguably the most expensive food ingredient on the planet...

Posted by Bob Waks 1 on 11/02/2016 at 11:04 PM

Re: “Uptown's New Loring Cafe Falls Short

Yes the original Loring opened in 1986. The Loring Pasta bar in Dinkytown, Minneapolis closer to 2000, and the Varsity theatre is still there too. Jack Chatham (Jefferson)

Posted by Jack Chatham on 11/01/2016 at 9:41 PM

Re: “Cinco TacoBar in San Leandro Redefines the Strip Mall Taqueria

Maybe you mean the food is actually "bad"? Because Chipotle (despite its teething problems) is known for it's food being actually "good" - organic etc.

Posted by PJ Lenny on 10/22/2016 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Cinco TacoBar in San Leandro Redefines the Strip Mall Taqueria

Thanks, Robert. Fixed.

Posted by Luke Tsai on 10/20/2016 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Cinco TacoBar in San Leandro Redefines the Strip Mall Taqueria

Sounds good, but there is no ñ in habanero.

Posted by RobertLauriston on 10/20/2016 at 10:06 AM

Re: “At Belly in Uptown Oakland, the California-Korean Burrito Comes North

Was eating at belly when the Black Panthers came by, they were respectful and asked to use the rest room and spoke to the owner of Belly, Alice Woo, about gentrification, she said no to the bathroom and told them to leave, as soon as they were gone she stormed to the kitchen and started screaming “F%*K THE BLACK PANTHERS” and “I CAN TAKE THEM”, yelling about how “this isn't what gentrification is”. I left, I was and still am so disgusted that a place like belly exists, especially in Oakland. This happened almost a year ago, I posted on yelp and the owner (Alice Woo) replied, comparing the Black Panthers to panhandlers and saying that her customers felt threatened - I was her customer, I did not feel threatened by the people who came in, I felt threatened by the owner. Then she deleted her posts. Search by rating on yelp and you will see how this restaurant treats people of color and their view of the surrounding community.

Posted by Becca G on 10/09/2016 at 12:46 PM

Re: “Veggie Lee in Hayward Goes Beyond Standard Chinese Vegetarian Fare

Yes, count me in! Margaret and I had a great banquet style cabbage dish at a fancy Peking duck place in Beijing...one of my most memorable food memories from China. Would love to try this fancy cabbage thing.

Posted by Lillian Hsu on 09/28/2016 at 3:01 PM

Re: “At Burma Bear, the Barbecue Comes with a Side of Burmese Garlic Noodles

Wow! This place sounds amazing. And I definitely remember those kinds of barbecues!

Posted by Lillian Hsu on 09/15/2016 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Agave Uptown Celebrates the Bounty of the Traditional Oaxacan Table

Be sure to verify the items in your check because they appear to have the habit of adding items that you didnt order (happened to me three times!)

Posted by John Lefman on 09/09/2016 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Portal Owner Goes Pizza with Philomena in East Oakland

"yet undeveloped restaurant neighborhoods" Pretty soon that area will be so "developed" no resident who lives there now will be able to afford to eat at this pizza or (inevitable) brunch place. This is how an "affordable" (read: "less affluent") neighborhood gets colonized by white gentrifiers and turned into the next Temescal. Another restaurant for high-so's making inroads.

Posted by Brian Lucas on 08/29/2016 at 9:14 AM

Re: “Guacamole 61 Brings the Meat to Epicurious Garden in Berkeley

What is interesting here is that this will be the FIFTH restaurant to open in this space in a relatively short span of time, and the SECOND MEXICAN SPOT. What does this tell you? That this food court has better offerings that are driving all the traffic there. Kirala, Soop, a gelato place, and a Chinese restaurant/tea spot. Nothing so far can last against that competition, and I can tell you that YET ANOTHER Mexican spot, no matter how good, doesn't stand a chance. There are plenty of Mexican restaurants in town, and apparently, there is little need for one in the Gourmet Ghetto. I give this place 6-12 months, TOPS.

Posted by EB Pride on 08/27/2016 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Italian-American Charm and Garlicky Flavor Bombs at Trattoria La Siciliana

Dear writer: "The trattoria's founders are two genuine Sicilian immigrants, Rosa and Guiseppe D'Alo, both of who still help cook...: That should be both of WHOM, just so you know. Thank you! - Denise Taylor

Posted by Denise Taylor on 08/22/2016 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Famous Bao in Berkeley Shines Spotlight on Xi'an-style Dishes

I enjoyed the spicy seafood hot pot I tried the other day, a bargain at $10.

Posted by Jonathan King on 08/18/2016 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Portal Owner Goes Pizza with Philomena in East Oakland

Loved the white pizza and the meat plate. And the mushroom pizza, focaccia, carrot salad and pickled veggies too! Great beer too. Well done!

Posted by eastbaygael on 08/18/2016 at 9:57 AM

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