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Revival is in Berkeley!
A UC Cop once said to me; after a Bears game, you could set up a DUI checkpoint at University near the freeway and fill the jail within an hour. But then, that would piss off a lot of people with lawyers and money.
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Thanks for highlighting the diversity within Vietnamese cuisine! Just FYI, the steamed rice cake dish is called "banh beo," not "bun beo." Bun means noodles, banh means cake. It would be great if you could make the correction. Thanks! Looking forward to trying out this new restaurant!
As a musician who travels the road several months out of the year, I have learned NOT to rely on Yelp and other, similar sites (even , sadly, Trip Advisor has the same problem)-- due to the wide chasm of criteria by which consumers share judgements requiring a high standard of aesthetics, to be accurate. To wit: how does the reader know depth of the background of the people praising restaurants on Yelp? We have gone to many an out of the way location based on glowing local recommendations of Yelp contributors, only to find that "everything is relative". Yes, that IS the finest Chinese place in all of farthest _______..., but what they don't tell you is that it is the ONLY GAME IN TOWN. I have come to the conclusion that it is better to develop a network of TRUSTED sources (possibly FB groups, etc.) which understands and shares various touchstones for excellence in food. Or at least, tolerability!
That steamed fish would have hooked me too. Haven't found a reasonably price good one since King Wah closed.
I respectfully disagree completely! Took my visiting folks & family here a month ago, just after the switch, and we all had a fantastic meal. Standouts: two of us had the octopus - huge and cooked perfectly, the best I'd had outside of Greece - plus the delectable burrata breadñand the kale salad was delicious.. I could go on!
Lots of love to the headline writer on this one.
Hey Matt: That's true, but when you're driving from Oakland at the height of rush hour traffic, it makes for a pretty long trek, even when you take the back roads!
Wasn't impressed by Gabriel's food at Jack's, and it sounds like nothing has changed. Iyasare also suffers when Kamio isn't around, btw. He's a great chef, but his supervision of the staff under him doesn't seem to produce the same results when he's not there.
Them there Hills are about 3.5 miles as the crow flies from downtown Berkeley.
my husband and I have dinner we ordered the octopus appetizer it was more like a simple and not an appetizer three small little pieces of octopus mostly fava beans my husband ordered it was undercooked will not go back there for dinner
If you have met Paul Hayward you will know that hospitality is what will entice people back to Overland. The food will be inventive and delicious but the welcome and the overall experience will make Overland a cornerstone of the burgeoning Jack London square and surrounding area. I first met Paul in 2008 and again in 2014, his warmth and charm will win you over and put you at the ease you normally associate with family. Get down to this bar and witness it for yourself, then tell your friends... you will be a part of History.
good reveiw and went around the corner from my house to Chick and Tea and man that was one good ,spicey piece of chicken. Of course I threw a bit of siracha on it, but hella tasty and my tea was good.Welcome to Temescal Frank!!
I totally disagree with the opinion stated above. I come a few time, and the food is delicious. The service is very good too.
friendly folks. i liked the Kalua Pork, but the spare ribs were thin cut and not worth it at all.
@Ruby, i also had the musubi. i think the comment on the rice being "medium-grain sushi rice" was more that it was medium-grain, like you see in sushi. it's not vinegared like you'd see in nigiri sushi
Great review! I loved the sentence about the affectionate couple and the flock of middle school girls. Really evoked Taiwan for me!
Checked it out the other night, and was pretty disappointed. The Szechwan dishes that we are familiar with from China Village had little distinctive character: The pork shoulder looked like China Village's (see top photo in this article), but the meat was dry, as if it had been slightly undercooked and then removed from its braising liquid for a time. (And, like Luke Tsai, we found the "spicy" moniker wholly undeserved ... what we detected was a heavy hand with the five-spice.) The wok-charred cabbage that Tsai praises was limp, not very smoky, and overwhelmed by the black vinegar dosed on the finished dish -- bleccch. A spicy stir-fried chicken dish had wonderful color and was perfectly cooked, but lacked savor. The only real success was the braised eggplant, which my wife very much enjoyed.
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She is talking about Pure innocence idiot! The blank white page that was her mind until the schizophrenic chaos in her brain began. Get a clue!
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