Restaurant Guo Cui [Cupertino]
Just tried this place out and am in love. Clean and modern interior - they do one thing only - claypots - and they do it well. They have soup and dry claypots. We only tried the soup ones. They had a house-made cucumber juice that everybody was getting (except us).
You can choose between the type of soup, type of meat, and whether you get hand-pulled noodles, tea-flavored rice, or rice vermicelli. We both got the traditional broth - one with noodles and beef cubes, another with rice and sliced beef. Both excellent - the noodles had the chewiness you expect from hand-pulled noodles.
I was impressed with the noodle to meat / vegetable ratio. Pictures on Yelp showed mostly noodles, so I had been worried prior to dining. Turns out they just stick most of the vegetables on the bottom.
Everything tastes really healthy and fresh - clean flavors without too much sodium.
Would love to hear what others think about it!
10619 S De Anza Blvd
Cupertino, CA 95014
Went again - took a few pictures. The food's still good but I think they've started adding a little more oil, perhaps to accommodate popular taste.
Sadly, it was a Friday night and the place was maybe 33% full... hope this place can hang in there!
I was pretty happy with the meatballs - I was worried they'd be the rubbery kind you find at Little Sheep, but they turned out to be satisfyingly meaty.
I just learned that it has closed and another restaurant has taken over the space. We tried it a year ago with my mom and aunt. We liked the food quite a bit but the service was terrible with wrong orders, mix up on the check, fumbling at the table, spilling food on us, and just about everything that could go wrong did. But I'm sorry that I won't be able to eat the Lanzhou style noodles again.
re: Melanie Wong
yeah, by the end, it was getting pretty depressing. my wife is a huge soup noodle fan and so she loved this place. but we'd go and be the only family there. the seafood noodle pot actually grew on me. nice deep flavor with decent chunks of crab and clams and squid. my kids also loved their beer braised chicken wings. too bad. we haven't been to the replacement restaurant yet.