BOTTOMLESS FRIES. What else can I say? As our waiter said, “fry city coming right up.” Their freckled lemonade was also delicious, and since there were free refills, all of us were able to try it. We had a very large group (about 18) and surprisingly, they were very accommodating. They even switched the TV nearest to us to play the Cal football game that was going on. In addition, they recooked my friend’s meal since it was cold, and overall, it was a fun experience. Food coma for days
I love Thai food, so I came here with a friend to celebrate the end of finals back in May. She got the Curry à Trois, which lets you sample their three curries (organic chicken yellow curry, tofu panang curry and short ribs green curry). I got the red pineapple curry with duck, and to make sure we were stuffed, we also got noodles. Just one of these dishes was enough to fill me up, so we ended up taking a lot of it to go. It’s an elegant restaurant with a bar and dim lighting.
It’s located right next to the movie theater in Downtown Berkeley. You can choose what you want in your dish, the type of noodles, meat, and sauce. There are also rice dishes if you don’t want noodles. The food comes out relatively quickly and the portions are the right size. There are high tables, normal tables and booths to sit at. It’s Asian fusion with Malaysian, Japanese, Chinese, and Thai elements.
It’s a new sushi restaurant that opened up last weekend across from Asian Ghetto. During opening weekend, plates were $1 each, and they came around on a conveyer belt that traveled throughout the restaurant. It was kind of annoying during that weekend since a lot of people came, so it took a long time for any desirable food (aka sashimi) to come around. It’s open until 10:30PM, so by 9PM, there were less people and all the good food came my way. Now the plates are $1.50 each. It was okay. They’re in the process of acquiring a license to sell alcohol. There’s no tip. I liked the hot water faucets and green tea bags at the tables.
This place is always packed when I visit, and their Hong Kong desserts are so good. My friend really enjoyed their purple rice pudding while I liked the dessert shown above that I got. It’s located in Oakland Chinatown and is open until 2AM. Make sure you don’t leave any belongings in the car though since cars are frequently broken into in this area…. (look at the ground and you’ll see piles of car glass everywhere).
I love going to the Mongolian BBQ places around the area such as this one or the other one I frequent more: El Camino Mongolian BBQ. They’re super cheap for all you can eat (~$10 for lunch and $12 for dinner). Also, it’s an easy way to please everyone in your group since it’s buffet style where you pick and choose what you want them to grill. I’ve been to both places with large groups, and you pay individually at the cashier, so you don’t have to suffer from large tip rates or trying to figure out the bill. The owner at the El Camino location is super friendly and the decor is nice, but it’s harder to get seats there. The Gobi location (this one) has a soft-serve ice cream dispenser though. If you’re vegetarian, ask them to rinse off the cooktop first before they make yours.
Apparently two workers (rumor says chefs) from Cheeseboard left due to differences with management to start their own pizza business just a couple blocks down. I question the ethics behind their decision (since Sliver has the exact same business model as Cheeseboard and takes a lot of its customers now), but I still like going there. The main difference is that Sliver has a bar and it costs about $1 more. It’s also conveniently in downtown Berkeley, which is a much closer walk than going to north side for Cheeseboard. I find it a little less oily. They have the same vegetarian pizzas with only one kind being served per day and live music. According to their website, they also have a “buy five pizzas, get one free” deal.
If it was cheaper, I’d like it more. That being said, I really enjoyed it even if my wallet didn’t! I’m always a fan of places that let you build your own food, so I was excited when I could check off random things to insert into my burger that somehow magically worked. Their sweet potato fries were also pretty good. I went to the one in Santana Row, but they have multiple locations. I really liked the dressings they offered for the burgers! (I forgot what mine was though haha.)