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Re: “Soba Ichi Serves Impressive Handmade Soba Noodles — but the Setting Complicates Things

I appreciate this review and the way it weaves gentrification concerns into a food review. This is social commentary done right, a fusion of its own. Thank you!

Posted by Amy L. Keyishian on 08/17/2018 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Soba Ichi Serves Impressive Handmade Soba Noodles — but the Setting Complicates Things

I loved FuseBox, and while it certainly wasn't JackInTheBox price wise, you could put together a tasty meal that left you satisfied without breaking the bank. I thought the review above was honest, thoughtful, and dealt with all the aspects involved, including how much work and thought goes into the noodles. However, after spending over $100 for three for lunch, I left appreciating the subtlety and goodness of the dishes, and was glad I experienced it, but all three of us decided it was not worth the wait and the cost, especially with so many other amazing choices in the East Bay alone. We won't be back.

Posted by Alan J Miller on 08/16/2018 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Soba Ichi Serves Impressive Handmade Soba Noodles — but the Setting Complicates Things

It was documented circa 1990 that there were some 40,000 soba shops in Japan. Even that number probably didn't include every little mom & pop soba shop or ekisoba place (fast, inexpensive soba stands in or near train stations). To keep prices low, most of these places use fresh but machine-made noodles. Serving only teuchi (handmade) soba at the Bay Area's first and only real soba restaurant is admirable but also questionable. I think the introduction of soba cuisine in the U.S. would benefit by affordability. Labor-intensive handmade (and house-milled) noodles could come along later, or perhaps alongside the more affordable option.

Posted by Sandy Rothman on 08/16/2018 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Soba Ichi Serves Impressive Handmade Soba Noodles — but the Setting Complicates Things

Come on, the long time locals of West Oakland didn't eat at fuse box either, no matter what the price point was. Fuse box was just as gentrifying as Soba Ichi is.

Posted by Heel Spur Warrior on 08/15/2018 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Henry's Soars to New Heights Thanks to the Kronnerburger Team

To me, the biggest difference at Henry's is that they don't have a wood or charcoal grill. That affects not just the burgers but lots of other dishes as well.

Nevertheless it's some of the best food in the East Bay.

Posted by RobertLauriston on 07/30/2018 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Why Oakland's Nyum Bai Is Poised for National Acclaim

Good review, makes me want to try this place.
One quibble: At a time when use of the N word can have serious career consequences, why are we continuing to use the term "kaffir lime" for [ital]Citrus hystrix? One doesn't have to be from South Africa to know that the K word is a highly offensive term used there by white people to demean black people. While there is some debate over the derivation of the name of the fruit (the most benign argument being that both this name and the racial epithet come from an Arabic root meaning non-Muslims or "infidels,"), it remains a highly charged term for many people. Fortunately, there is an increasingly common alternative name from its Thai homeland, "makrut." Just as the Spanish word cilantro is now the near-universal term for fresh coriander, and the Italian arugula has displaced rocket and roquette in nearly every cuisine, American diners can get used to the Thai name in any culinary context.

Posted by Jay Harlow on 07/21/2018 at 3:58 PM

Re: “Why Oakland's Nyum Bai Is Poised for National Acclaim

>...The raw vegetables surrounding the dip looked attractive but didn't all make the most logical scoopers, such as green beans and asparagus.

Never had any trouble dipping green beans or asparagus into anything!

Posted by Sandy Rothman on 07/19/2018 at 11:55 PM

Re: “Comal Next Door Offers Solid Taqueria Fare in Downtown Berkeley

Sinaloa is fire but it definitely is not downtown.

Cancun is a great spot and glad that Tree mentioned it

I,m doing a some coverage on Oakland Mexican fare at my site soon

www.ezmoments.com

Posted by Eric Angerer on 07/06/2018 at 7:38 AM

Re: “Henry's Soars to New Heights Thanks to the Kronnerburger Team

Could we agree, Mr. King, to not be gratuitously nasty if we show up?

Posted by David Cohen on 06/21/2018 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Henry's Soars to New Heights Thanks to the Kronnerburger Team

Could we agree not to call line cooks chefs? Different job descriptions and skill sets. Not everyone gets a prize for showing up.

Posted by Jonathan King on 06/19/2018 at 11:15 PM

Re: “Comal Next Door Offers Solid Taqueria Fare in Downtown Berkeley

Comal serves Mexican food for gringos; so does Picante.

Posted by MikeE on 06/14/2018 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Comal Next Door Offers Solid Taqueria Fare in Downtown Berkeley

Cancun, an organic Mexican restaurant in downtown Berkeley, has much better burritos and taquitos than Comal Next Door. Tacos Sinaloa is not downtown, it is over on Telegraph. I'm done with burritos so I enjoy Sinaloa's $2 taquitos: sublime. Comal's sit down service restaurant is good. I enjoyed checking it out but it is too frou frou for me, esp with Cancun and Sinaloa nearby.

Posted by Tree Fitzpatrick on 06/13/2018 at 7:31 PM

Re: “Marufuku: New Oakland Ramen Royalty

You can also skip the 2-hour wait completely and add parties up to 6 on the Yelp mobile app. Game changer

Posted by Christine JiHye on 06/04/2018 at 10:51 AM

Re: “Marufuku: New Oakland Ramen Royalty

I wonder if David Chang will take issue with the name?

Posted by SpankyMcDoogle on 05/31/2018 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Tay Ho Is a Vietnamese Treasure in Oakland Chinatown

Denise and Anna won our family over long ago. I'm so glad to see there restaurant getting the accolades they deserve! Denise's recommendations are always spot on - I've had so many delicious and special meals there.

Posted by Kimberly Moses on 05/11/2018 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Battle of the Khao Mun Gai: Hawking Bird vs Chick'n Rice

Khao mun gai might be available for $1 in Bangkok, but most most official sources say the average Thai salary is $8,200 U.S. a year. Unless you're being paid in Thai baht, what a dish costs in Bangkok means very little elsewhere.

Posted by Jean.Komatsu on 04/30/2018 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Tay Ho Is a Vietnamese Treasure in Oakland Chinatown

Tay Ho is an excellent restaurant, staffed by wonderful people, and the food prepared by 'mama' is the best! Denise Huynh deserves success!

Posted by Jim Dexter on 04/29/2018 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Eat Your Vegetables at The Kebabery

The above website link takes you to the FB page of The Kebabery in Essex, England. oops!

Posted by Transister Sistor on 04/21/2018 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Eat Your Vegetables at The Kebabery

that website link for the Kebabery takes you to a restaurant located in Essex, England. oops!

Posted by Transister Sistor on 04/21/2018 at 1:15 PM

Re: “W.E.P.A.! at Brix 581 Rises from the Ashes of Borinquen Soul

Had dinner there last night. Awesome food and a great guy!

Posted by Martin Privat on 04/05/2018 at 11:55 AM

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