Thursday, March 5, 2009

Who Was Lazy Susan, Anyways?

I know what you'll say: Racist! Ranking all the Asian places together on one post! You didn't put the German food in with the Italians or the French!

Um, I have no good response, except that I'm getting lazy. Lazy!


Champa Garden (East Oakland)

Kao Sarn (Richmond)

Neecha Thai (Grand Lake)

Ruen Pair (Thai, Albany)

Sabuy Sabuy (edge of Temescal) - Decent food, low prices. (ds)

Japanese (I don't like it much so don't listen to me):

Drunken Fish (Car Dealer Row, Oakland) - cool locale, had a bad experience here but everyone seems to love it. (ds)

Katana-Ya Ramen Restaurant (El Cerrito) - Best East Bay Ramen (pink)

Kirala (South Berkeley)

Mijori (Grand Lake)

Sushi Sho (North Berkeley) This is a different sushi experience. They only seat as many people as they can serve well. And by “they” I mean two people, the sushi chef and a waitress. So they only seat people at the counter. (ko)

Angelfish (Alameda-Bay Farm) This is where I like to go for dates. Great fresh sushi, and other specials that are not at your cookie cutter Japanese places. Also there is a weird gothic illusion picture in the waiting area. (jt)

Dim Sum:

Legendary Palace (Downtown Oakland) The last time with my stepfather, who likes to consider himself an expert on dim sum, gave it a B/B-. I liked it, but I am not as good a judge as he is. (mp)


Pho 84 (Uptown) - Oh how I love the noodles here. (ds)

Binh Minh Quan (12th and Webster) My FAVORITE Viet place. They don't specialize inPho, but everything else is fantastic. Cheaper than Pho 84, but higher end and cleaner than other Chinatown Viet places. Also fresh and delicious. I always get Chao Bo (beef porridge) and a Bahn Hoi Plate (Grilled meat with fresh veggies and herbs, served with rice paper so you can roll your own Viet burrito. Also service is fun cuz all the guys that work there are kind of spacey like they are stoned. (jt)

Cam Huong (Chinatown) do you want a $2.50 viet sandwich that will blow your mind? This is the place. Green curry tofu sandwiches for the Vegetarian in your life, Grilled Onion rolled in Grilled beef for you. Also they have very delicious looking Deli stuff, but I've never had it. Grab a sandwich and bike to Lake Merritt or Alameda to enjoy it by the water. The best and possibly the only way to spend $2.50 on lunch. (jt)

Pho Ga Huong Que Cafe (East Oakland) Just discovered this place. It is so good when you are sick and your boyfriend drags you out of bed to drink some hot healing salty but not MSG-y chicken pho. Its hard to park in this neighborhood but its so worth it. They only sell chicken stuff here. Not a fancy or clean looking place but the food is great and the soup comes with a gingery, scalliony dipping oil to dip your chicken into. (jt)

Korean: (jt has eaten ALOT of Korean in Oakland so if you want some in depth recommendations, lemme know.)

Sahn Maru (Temescal) This place is great. Open late, have a vegetarian menu (most Korean places do not. Not a veggie friendly cuisine). They have a black goat hot pot that is on my list to try. Very nice service. Lots of good ban chan (small plates served pre dinner) (jt)

Ohgane (40th and Broadway) Hectic atmosphere but the BBQ is good! And they have buttons on the table for you to push to get service. Huge restaurant so good for parties.(jt)

Pyung Chang Tofu house (49th? and Telegraph) This place has terrible service but I love it. Creamy silken tofu in a spicey broth with meat and kimchi and dumplings served with perfect white rice in a stoneware pot. Come expecting terrible service, but come hungry and you won't regret it. Also Soondoboo(tofu pot) is filling and cheep for Korean food. (jt)

Jong Ga House (Grand Lake) Nicest service- they'll explain how to eat things if you don't know how. Shabu shabu dinner is awesome. They have great banchan and BiBimBap. I come here with my mom ALOT. Also every meal starts off with a cold spicy kimchi noodle soup!(jt)


Burma Superstar (Alameda) - I adore the one in SF, but haven't been here yet. Such great noodle dishes! (ds)


  1. dan, i wouldn't call you racist, just maybe just not as into asian food as other food? i could devote a whole food blog to oakland asian food. but then again i could probably live on asian food alone.- oh wait, i kinda do.

  2. No, really, I love Asian food, but I just seem to go to the same three places. This post, then, is very exciting! I am so going to haunt those Korean places. Bring on the kimchi!