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Mac's Wok, El Cerrito.

wolfe Jan 10, 2011 04:47 PM

The sign is up and there is work going on in the small mall at the foot of Moesser Lane. Is this the new incarnation of Jac's Asian Bistro we were lead to expect ofr something new?

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    abstractpoet Feb 25, 2011 10:41 AM

    Did anyone happen to notice if they're taking credit cards now, or is it still cash only?

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      ThaDu Feb 25, 2011 12:52 PM

      they are taking credit card now. not american express

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        akitachow Mar 1, 2011 09:43 PM

        They also started offering delivery again!

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      abstractpoet Jan 14, 2011 06:36 PM

      Word to the wise; they aren't open for business yet (as of 1/14). We drove all the way out there only to find them still working on getting the dining room set up. The one worker I tried to talk to only spoke Cantonese, so I wasn't able to find out anything more.

      Anyone know if their phone number will still be the same as before?

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        jackieh Jan 14, 2011 08:08 PM

        The phone number is the same as before. We called this evening, they hope to be ready for business tomorrow, however advised to call to make sure before heading to El Cerrito.

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          gordon wing Jan 15, 2011 12:41 PM

          I dropped by today while I was out running errands ...... someone inside came to the door and said that it looks more like tomorrow ( Sunday ) but he sounded a bit hesitant. And they didn't have any printed menus yet. Here's a picture of what it looks like on the outside.

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            ThaDu Jan 15, 2011 08:14 PM


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              akitachow Jan 16, 2011 02:41 PM

              I called them just now, and they confirmed that they will open at 5:00 p.m. today. The man I spoke with said they would have all the same things they had back at the old Jac's location.

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                abstractpoet Jan 16, 2011 07:50 PM

                We were there tonight; pretty packed house considering it's their first day back. Space is definitely bigger and more comfortable than before. But right now it's a real bare-bones setup--service was somewhat frantic, with Jac (or is he "Mac" now?) taking all the orders himself and just one other guy (who seemed to only speak Cantonese) helping bring stuff out.

                Note that it's cash only at this point, but I suspect that might just be temporary? They barely had a cash register set up tonight. Menu was just a photocopy of the old menu, it seemed, but I assume they'll have some news ones made eventually.

                We ordered two of our usuals--the baked pork cutlet over spaghetti and the walnut prawns. Everything was as good as before, but we might give them a couple weeks to settle in before revisiting.

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                  kc72 Jan 30, 2011 06:08 PM

                  Did they still have the happy hour and daily specials?

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                    abstractpoet Jan 30, 2011 08:01 PM

                    The discounted specials were still listed, but like I said it was just a photocopy of the old menu that first night. I don't imagine they would get rid of those though.

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                      kc72 Jan 30, 2011 08:14 PM

                      Thanks, might try to swing by this wk. Will let you know what I find out

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                        akitachow Feb 2, 2011 12:40 PM

                        It's still excellent. I've been several times now since the re-launch since I live close-by.

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                          Gustavo Glenmorangie Feb 2, 2011 01:20 PM

                          What's good there?

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                            akitachow Feb 5, 2011 11:47 AM

                            Much! Some of the Hong Kong-style rice plates are good - there's one with a pork chop, two runny eggs and beef stew meat (with lots of connective tissue - not the American stuff) for $6.88. The HK curry plates are good, too, and come with borscht, garlic bread and a milk tea or milk coffee for, on ave, $8 or $9. Their salt & pepper fish is good. You can get it as an app for $5.88, but it's listed under an odd name, so just tell them you want the salt & pepper version. They have a huge, 11-page menu, and it's a fun place to go. Everything always gets to us nice and hot.

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          kc72 Jan 10, 2011 07:14 PM

          Is it in the corner by Steve's Cleaners and Katana Ya?

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            wolfe Jan 11, 2011 06:23 AM

            Where Tofu Yu was.
            10558 San Pablo Ave
            El Cerrito, CA 94530

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              kc72 Jan 11, 2011 06:31 AM

              Thanks, that's where they said they'd be moving to a few months ago but once I saw the saw for Steve's Cleaners I didn't think the move was happening anymore. They said it'd be bigger than the original Jac's location, so we'll see.

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                kc72 Jan 12, 2011 12:10 PM

                Yeah, the Steve's Cleaners sign that was there for a couple months has been replaced by the Mac's Wok. Supposedly, the Chinese name carried over from Jac's but new English name

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