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weekday lunch stop in or around SF (on the way from airport to Davis)

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ricodanles Sep 2, 2010 03:38 PM

former longtime bay area restaurant, but interested in trying something newish (the last five years or so).

I know that doesn't narrow it down much, but I'm adventurseome and open to any kind of suggestions.

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    ML8000 Sep 2, 2010 04:59 PM

    Depends on which route you take...if you're going across the Bay Bride and up I-80, 900 Grayson is off the Ashby exit. There's also Sea Salt not too much further North on San Pablo.

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    900 Grayson
    900 Grayson St, Berkeley, CA 94710

    1. bbulkow Sep 2, 2010 04:03 PM

      The Kitchen in Millbrea?

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        bbulkow Apr 23, 2011 12:13 PM

        I finally ate at The Kitchen. The scene was great. Friday at 6pm, every table was full. We were literally the only non-chinese. Some large tables, some smaller tables. Quite the scene.

        The menu has pictures. I originally thought this was patronizing, but the chinese customers got the same menu. No obvious chinese-language-only specials.

        The specials area in the menu included BBQ, Abalone, Hakka, and another region I'm not familiar with.

        We opted for: boiled beef, hakka style tofu, and crab and pumpkin sauce over greens.

        The boiled beef wasn't the straight szechuan prep I was expecting. There was a lot of peppercorn, but the broth had more of a curry / five spice slant. Meat quality was high. Not very spicy, but very bold taste. Would order again - actually, would be happy if I was stuck on a desert island for 10 years with nothing but this dish. Really tasty.

        The next dish we got, I don't know if it was exactly what we ordered. There was a ring of brocolli, objects that looked like pig ears and tasted like tofu, scallops, shrimp, and a fairly basic brown sauce. A nice light dish, fresh tastes, but nothing special.

        By the time the pumpkin crab green dish came (which was much later), we were, frankly, full. I took a bite of it and found the dish a bit low on taste, but after sucking down the majority of that beef dish, it's possible my taste buds were fried.

        Service was slightly condesending to us round-eyes, but we were a friendly curiosity. I didn't try out any of my putonghua, and the owner came over and asked if we needed forks. We didn't even answer him - I didn't trust myself to say something polite, and he was clearly trying to get us to feel comfortable. Just to assert myself in chinese meals like that, I often negotiate for a better tea than the standard oolong, which gets me some cred.

        Anyway - the food was good, but the scene was better. Price was excellent - we might have hit $50 with tip, and only ate half of what we ordered. The menu sprawls a bit, and it would take some eating to really get what the kitchen is good at.

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        The Kitchen
        279 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030

      2. myst Sep 2, 2010 03:53 PM

        Maybe try Patio Filipino or Kuya's near the airport for Filipino Food. Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland (almost in Emeryville) for waffles and fried chicken, or T-Rex (BBQ) in Berkeley.

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        Patio Filipino
        1770 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 94066

        Brown Sugar Kitchen
        2534 Mandela Pkwy, Oakland, CA 94607

        Kuya's
        460 San Mateo Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066

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