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Mar 1, 2012 12:22 AM

Alameda: Monkey King Pub & Grub - Fusion Mien/Laotian?

Now that would be something, eh?

Don't know know the reliability of what I've read. It opened this week. Anyone been?


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    1. Monkey king pub is definitely an upscale wannabe. the highlights are the mural depicting the monkey king surrounded by icebergs, a waterfall, blue lake, blue skies, and browning and green trees. the lowlights are the food and the forgetable service or lack of it. heartell the drinks are good. the menu is basically chinese with a few pan asian items added. cheap ingredients (swai fillets, not rock cod) and poor cooking techniques (garlic granules not dissolved, still lumpy) makes this place a drink stop only. had the fish & chip (9) and garlic noodle(6)

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      1. re: shanghaikid

        Thanks for taking the bullet ... sorry if I led you blind-folded to the front of the firing squad.

        Kind of wish Yelp had enemies as well as friends ... people you could flag as not being reliable and to ignore. My one food soul mate though, pretty much has led me to some great stuff ... not Monkey though ... some of those were people i want to put on my enemies list.

        1. re: rworange

          i wouldn't blame them too much. everyone's tastebuds are different. many buds are still undeveloped. look how popular americanized chinese food still is.

          if you see my ratings, most places on park i gave 2 stars to, only scolari, that dog place and q got 4 stars. i don't mind going in blind. it's a challenge to get it right the first time, without reading all the previous reviews.

      2. Went here for the first time last night despite walking by it all the time on our way to Lucky 13, Scolari, and Homeroom Thai. Always been amazed by the masses of people patiently waiting to get in.

        Menu is heavy on carbs (noodles, rice dishes) and fried proteins, and most of the patrons seem to be eating piles of fried food out of steamer baskets, but if you skip over the sweet and sour fried stuff on the menu, there are actually a couple of interesting items.

        We had the Mien-style khao soi (they spell it differently on the menu, can't remember how now) and it was very good. Wide rice noodles, good broth, seasoned ground pork, bean sprouts and cilantro on top. They did not skimp on the heat or the fermented bean paste. This will be the my new sick-day food (although I will definitely get it to go, no way I can handle the lines or the deafening noise when I'm sick)

        Other things on the menu I'd like to try - fried shrimp with salted egg yolk, fried rice with salted fish and chicken.

        Cocktails are all really sweet, I'll probably go with beer in the future.