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Aug 29, 2007 07:40 PM

must not miss: Danville to Hayward?

Making a rare trip (for me) beyond Oakland and want to ask the same question Robert Lauriston asked with regard to the South Bay (

What in the greater Danville / San Ramon / San Leandro / Dublin / Hayward area is best-in-class for the Bay Area? I'll be there tomorrow evening and want to take advantage of a rare trip outside my usual San Francisco / Oakland / peninsula routine. Nothing pricey. I'm most interested in a trying a cuisine that San Francisco doesn't do so well. Izakaya? South Indian? Thai?

Back-up plan is China Village in Albany, but I've been before and that's the long way home.

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  1. Curry Corner in Hayward for Fijian-Indian though hours might be a problem. Home cooking.

    Then one I haven't tried yet, but hope to soon, Singapore Old Town Cafe, in Dublin.

    Curry Corner Takeaway
    26657 Mission Blvd, Hayward, CA 94544

    Old Town Cafe
    4288 Dublin Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      After being a big fan early on, I'm now out on OTC. I had a few good meals there, but the last two meals I've had there were very underwhelming. IMO every dish lacks salt and spice, and the service and flow of the meal are always off. Plus, given the overall experience, I don't think it's that great of a value. Still decent for the neighborhood, but not worth an out-of-the-way trip.

      1. re: Fussy Foodie

        Thanks for the update. Were those two meals at lunch or dinner time?

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Both Dinners. I have never been for a weekday lunch. Usually weekend lunch or dinner, and the menu seems to be the same.

        2. re: Fussy Foodie

          i was just talking about this place a while back... i too went all the time when it opened... haven't gone back since then.. do u think this is turning into one of those restaurants where it's a better use of your time to order to go and pick it up as opposed to eating it there?

          1. re: kinipela

            Absolutely. The food is unique, though slighty underseasoned. I think the food travels well and the attitude of the staff is worth avoiding. Then again I may be over-reacting to one bad experience with the staff... I tend to do that.

            1. re: kinipela

              We're big on Tomatina right now, located in the shopping center next door to Ulferts. Very good pizza, decent value. Good salads.

        3. Definitely, the Singapore Old Town Cafe, in Dublin.

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          1. re: Ian F

            I'd also put in a plug for the Old Town Cafe.

          2. Forbes Mill Steakhouse in Danville recently made me the best steak that I have had in years. IMO far better than anything in the city in terms of steak. Slightly pricey, $29 and up.

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              1. re: Melanie Wong

                My meeting moved so I wasn't in the area -- after hearing about Old Time Cafe and Curry Corner, I was disappointed that the meeting changed. Hopefully others have taken advantage of these recommendations.

              2. Does anyone know why the Forbes Mill in Danville does NOT also have kobe beef on the menu like its los gatos counterpart?

                Unless they havent updated their website, it appears the los gatos menu is far more extensive and expensive.

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                1. re: luckygrlllll

                  They add a daily special insert to the menu which has the Kobe items listed, as well as the oysters. Kobe New York Strip was about $55.

                  1. re: Fussy Foodie

                    yeah... i'm not sure i recall specifically, but i had a kobe filet mignon and lobster.... hahaha danville is just as expensive... hahahah =) well, according to my wallet it was =)

                    it was such a memorable evening though.. the food, service, everything was great... =)