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Sep 9, 2009 09:18 AM

Southeast Asian food in Berkeley or North Oakland?

I am wondering if anyone knows of any excellent Vietnamese, Lao, Thai or other southeast Asian restaurants in Berkeley or north Oakland. I have my favorite haunts down in Oakland (Binh Minh Quan, Chai Thai, Vientiane) but am wondering if there's anything closer to home (south Berkeley) that holds a candle to these places.

Thanks a bunch!

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  1. Green Papaya, Champa Garden, and Chai Thai beat anything in Berkeley. Thai Noodle in downtown Berkeley is decent.

    Anh Hong in downtown Berkeley is good. The food is better than the last meal I had at Binh Minh Quan (which seemed to have gone downhill).

    Jayakarta is very good.

    Burma Superstar in Temescal is worth a try.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      I'll have to try Anh Hong. Been wondering about that place for a while.

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        I agree with Robert...For Laotian food in Oakland, definitely check out Green Papaya Deli, Champa Garden, or Vientian Cafe. But if you happen to be in San Pablo, then you should check out That Luang Kitchen and order their Gaeng Keung Nai soup or beef Larb.

      2. That Luang in San Pablo is most excellent for Laotian.

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        1. re: sfbing

          But not closer to South Berkeley than Oakland.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            oops. however, due to demographics and rent, the real good stuff is more likely to be found outside of Berkeley and North Oakland.

            1. re: sfbing

              I think it's more random than that, given that there are lots of great cheap Korean places in low-rent parts of North Oakland.

        2. I've had decent banh mi at Cafe Sole, 2929 Shattuck near Ashby. Not as good as Ba Le but tasty.

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            > "I've had ... "

            Keyword: had. I really liked that place too but it's now Rocky's Hamburgers and Cheese Steak. The odd thing though is it seems to be run by at least some of the same people that ran Cafe Sole.

          2. We like Saysetha, since we can walk there (near the Oakland-Berkeley border).
            We've been going there for many years.
            We think the food has improved over the last few years. They are very nice people, and the place is very quiet (carpets, high ceilings). Corkage fee is very low.
            The food might not be "authentic" but it suits us just fine.
            They serve brown rice, which we like. They do a big take-out business.

            6230 Telegraph (corner of 63rd St)
            Oakland 94609
            (510)- 653-2837

            1. I like the strip of Telegraph between 43rd and 49th for different Asian styles. KangNam Pho on 45th, (next to Jack in the Box) is a standard pho house, with bun and rice plates. They have occasional specials and the people are very nice. No banh mi, sadly.