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This combines 2 visits: the 1st Friday Oct 2, (fantastic!) & then Monday the 5th (disappointing)...the same 2 dishes wildly different..Friday: the tables favorite 2 dishes: the pork eggplant flatbread perfect chewy flavorful dough topped with wonderfully smokey eggplant & savory ground pork was sent back Monday..the pork cold..Scott, our excellent waiter, replaced it and the squid plancha dish (also cold). Even so, those 2 dishes which had been so great Friday were, even when redone, not nearly as complex, flavorful or well executed Monday. The little tarragon gem salad was, on the other hand, just as good. Tomato salad on Friday was boring & miniscule. Friday's bavette steak was well cooked though not as beefy tasting as I like and the vege melange (though tasty) as its side didn't really make sense to me.The lamb ragu & papardelle Monday was fair with scant amounts of lamb but not really a ragu IMHO but a loose separate mixture of tomatoes etc & small chunks of lamb ....also the garbanzo fritters were not nearly as crispy Monday even although the flavor was fine... the jury's still out..one more thing..Fridays tattooed ponytailed waitress didn't seem into her work that night...an air of indifference and messed up our drink order...
Was there tonight. Impressive to watch the prep. Even more surprising the delivery exceeded expectations. Met Kraus and the crew. All talents in their own right. Wines are most decidedly natural Spanish French Sicilian. Excellent. Vegs roasted, posk steak, shishito peppers, & black cod tail. Scrumptious.
Here's our Facebook Page, hope to all of you can enjoy our food https://www.facebook.com/cafevenezuelanberkeley
I am Venezuelan and had the arepas at Miss Arepita. They were fine, but I agree they would be better crisped up more. I actually found them a little undercooked. The papelon con limon was great and the guasacaca did make everything 10x more delicious, though. I'm looking forward to checking out the pop up at Cafe V!
Miss Arepita won't be back at Bites at the Lake until Sunday, Oct 25th 12-3pm. Come try her arepas for yourself.
I am a long time user, back when we would send money to Jim Leff to help keep the site going, Candy. When I tried the Beta version I was highly underwhelmed. I tried it a few more times to get dining info for an up-coming trip. I am dropping out of the Chowhound community as it is now. Luckily many of us "founding members" have been setting up discussions on FB. RIP Chowhound.
There's another copy (version?) of this story with numerous comments:
$28 for half of a chicken?
josiebee: That's true — though chef Sophina Uong's Oakland ties go pretty far back.
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.
A brief epilogue: http://www.eastbayexpress.com/WhatTheFork/…
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.
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