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Dec 25, 2010 03:19 AM

Amazing new Asian restaurant on Lakeshore/Mandana in Oakland!

We've craved a really good Asian restaurant on Lakeshore for the 10 years we've live in the area. Something on the lines of Kirin or Soi 4. We now have one! It is Lin Jia Asian Kitchen. The owners describe is as "We are an Oakland-based, contemporary, Asian, family-style restaurant. Many of the dishes we serve are what we eat at home. We use organic, sustainable, local ingredients when possible". We've been there twice and the food is really, really good. Fresh, not heavy, and just packed with flavor. HIGHLY recommended!

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  1. what dishes did you like there?

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    1. re: shanghaikid

      We liked the Walnut Chicken, Poppin' Pork, Salt and Pepper Calamari and the Changsha beed (lots of cumin and hot peppers)

    2. What kind of "Asian" are we talking about?

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        1. re: PeterL

          I would say primarily Chinese - although some Thai influences

        2. adding a link...

          Lin Jia Asian Kitchen
          3437 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

          1. I got takeout from there a few weeks ago, and found it fine, but considerably more expensive than it should have been, with pretty small portions. The pork belly dish, which sounded great on the menu, was very disappointing -- tough and without a lot of flavor. The salt and pepper fish was also disappointing, with very mild seasoning, they seemed more like fried fish from fish and chips. The cumin lamb was our favorite, but again the seasoning was very mild. For Asian food of this type and at this price point, I much prefer Chu on College Ave. I'd go back to Lin Jia, especially since we tried it shortly after they opened, but the price might scare me away for a while.