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Mar 22, 2001 12:48 PM

Vietnamese on Gilman, good?

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Has anyone tried the Vietnamese Restaurant on Gilman in Berkeley? It's right on the corner, not too far from Lalime's. Do you know the name?

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  1. If you mean Mama Lan's, here's a link to an earlier thread.


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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Just returned to Mama Lan's a couple of weeks ago, and while I still loved the crepe appetizer, the entrees were pretty dissapointing (one special tofu dish, and -- well the other entree was our fault, my husband had a yen for fried rice and it was about as awful as you might expect). But we did see the laquered quails served at another table and they looked pretty good... I think you have to be careful what you order at Mama Lan's -- stick to what the house is known for (crab) and supported recommendations.

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Thanks, Melanie and Rachel. We've driven by there several times and wondered.
        Melanie, I'm glad you're back! I miss your input when you're out of town. Btw, we had another delicious dinner at Cafe Lucy this past weekend, and are always amazed at the reasonable tab for such superb food. Also, I was glad to see a post about Pairs. When they were in St. Helena some things were good at first, but it became very uneven.

        1. re: Ann Leneave

          I've had two dinners at Cafe Lucy in the last month. Before the thread police blow the whistle, maybe you want to start another thread to tell us what you had this time. Between the two of us, we've probably gone through the whole menu.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            We had the shrimp cakes for appetizers. Very tasty and really great with the Stony Hill Chardonnay. Lucy's dishes that are breaded and fried are amazingly light, crispy, and totally devoid of discernible fat. She must use high quality oil and keep it the perfect temp.
            The same thing was true about my entre of fried sole. It was incredible, a generous portion of little fillets, piled high like she does on a light mesclun base (or at least I think that is right). It's been a few days and my memory is not that great in my advanced age) I think it had lemon and capers, too. Anyway it was a treat I'd like to repeat. My husband had the salmon, which was prepared a little differently than last time, minus the mustard crust, but equally delicious. He loves the way she cooks salmon, leaving the center slightly translucent, just the way we like it, without our having to say a word. We had a pear and dried cranberry crisp with vanilla ice cream. She must make the ice cream and it is DELICIOUS! She seems to be getting pretty busy and that's well deserved. I've got to get down there soon for the caramelized onion tart. I'm having sympoms of withdrawal. Also, she is making a few changes on the menu and has someone growing fresh garden stuff for her. Yum! and healthy too.

            1. re: Ann Leneave

              I've started a new thread so that this discussion doesn't get lost in a thread about Vietnamese food.

      2. Mama Lan's is the name of the restaurant you've inquired about. It's tasty but greasy and I'd get a stomach pang or two after the experience. It's slightly pricey but the kind of food you get is not the kind on all other Vietnamese menus. Such as their crab...