Report: Lin Jia Asian Kitchen
Lin Jia Asian Kitchen replaced L'Amyx Tea Bar on Lakeshore Ave in Oakland. I went with a friend last night and really enjoyed it. Everything was very fresh. Service was extremely attentive.
Fried Sweet Potato - breaded, fried deliciousness with garlic. Served with ketchup, like french fries, but I skipped the condiment.
Papaya Salad - julienned fruit with chopped peanut on top and an herby dressing. It got a little bit watery towards the end but mostly had a clean crisp bite.
Imperial Glass noodles - mixed with tofu. I often avoid glass noodles because they can be gummy, these were borderline but addictive.
Buddha Curry - had a pleasant after-kick. Basically a vegetable mix with heavy emphasis on eggplant and potato, with a green or red pepper here and there. Menu said tofu but it was scarce, not a big deal as there was plenty in the Glass Noodle dish. I am wimpy when it comes to spicy-hot in food, and what I liked about this dish was that after the yummy veg flavors were tasted, the spice gently burned as a secondary taste.
Judging from the menu, I guess this is pan-Asian fusion?
Lin Jia Asian Kitchen
3437 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
re: Ruth Lafler
the semi-Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese places in this general vicinity (Lakeshore, the east end of Grand Ave including Adams Point, Piedmont) have to depend on lots of euro-american consumers to stay in business, related to the constituency residing in the area of course. The asian american clientele itself is a mixed bag, so an eclectic menu could have appeal to them as well, all depending on the skill of the execution of course (not the same thing as 'authenticity' which is very relative in the emigrant context as we know). One change that's occurred in the past 6-8 years in the area is a significant up-tick in Ethiopian eateries -- treks to Temescal/Telegraph aren't required now. there was a sidewalk sign outside of Lin Jia for "Korean Fried Chicken" recently. we should not forget that the cooks in these places often have experience in more than one asian cuisine, with ethnic Chinese migrating through Viet Nam, Thailand, the Malay peninsula and archipelago, and Korea.
Bauer seems to attract a bit of negative dismissals on this site, but his biases are more transparent than some of the regular participants here -- granted, most folk who write here are not professional kritiks, but some are probably professional writers, or work in public relations or marketing, and because they might be able to make a place or food sound appealing doesn't mean they are 'fairer' judges than Bauer.