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Ajanta

Ajanta Indian Restaurant-Berkeley 2013
We have dined at and enjoyed the Distinctive Indian Cuisine at Ajanta Restaurant on Solano Avenue in Berkeley many times over the past twenty years and were interested when we heard that they were initiating a nightly Chef’s Tasting Menu. We always enjoy the décor that features large bold Indian Art inspired by the Ajanta Caves in Maharashtra India. Indian background music and lovely flowers on every table also adds to the experience.

BOWL’D BBQ- Korean Stone Grill
We’ve enjoyed dining in the North Oakland‘s Temescal neighborhood for many years and watching the dining scene blossom. There are all types of restaurants and we get excited when new one’s open. BOWL’D BBQ- Korean Stone Grill recently opened and offers meats, fish and vegetables as well as Gluten Free and Vegan options, all made using their Korean Family Recipes. You can try Stews, Rice Dishes and Hot Stone Grill where you prepare your own food at your table utilizing an individual stone grill.

E & O Trading Co.
Southeast Asian Cuisine

The Sea Scallop Potstickers with lemon “xo” sauce were ultra-light and delicious. The Long Life Noodles are made from yam noodles and were stir fried with lucky greens, garlic, crispy pork and toasted sesame. We loved the Firecracker Chicken which is a house signature dish made with long beans, cashews, chilies and oyster mushrooms.

E and O Trading Company
The décor recreates a trading warehouse in South East Asia at the turn of the Twentieth Century with an open kitchen and a 35 foot Dragon Bar on the first floor blending Asian and European feel and decor. We soon found that the Cuisine rivaled the décor.
Everest Indian Restaurant
Everest is unique in that there are menu items from India, Nepal and Tibet. Manager Manu Pun Subedi and Chef Gopal Gauchan are both originally from Nepal and have worked in a number of other Indian restaurants in the area before realizing their dream of owning their own place.
Hana Japanese Restaurant
Prepares and Presents great Cuisine - From Sushi to Steak.
Tataki of Filet Mignon- Thin slices of seared filet mignon with Ken’s miso dressing on a bed of mixed greens. For the non Sushi eater this is a must. Prepared perfectly, pink in the middle and sliced thinly, it doesn’t get better than this.
Hiros
Shrimp tempura with unagi, avocado and tobiko on the outside, drizzled with sweet unagi sauce. This dish had a lovely presentation and a superior taste and freshness. It was Food Art.
Joshu-ya Brasserie
Our favorite starter was the Seared Hokkaido Scallops served in a wild mushroom bacon sauce nestled in a blend of mashed potatoes. Next, we had the spicy and ultra-fresh Jalapeño Hamachi Carpaccio with sweet ponzu. This was a perfect pairing of sweet and spicy with the Jalapeno pepper.
Kabuki
The Petaluma Roll which included Yellow tail, Tuna, green onions and carrot which was deep fried and rolled –tobiko. A Roll which was worthy of its name. It was very fresh and tasty.
Le Soleil
Le Soleil Restaurant
San Francisco has great neighborhoods like Clement Street in the Inner Richmond. The diversity of people, shops and restaurants makes it very special. Le Soleil is part of this special culture as they have been on Clement for twenty years. Owner/Chef Dennis Wong, known for creating innovative dishes with balanced and diverse flavors using authentic and unique ingredients, has updated his New Vietnamese Cuisine menu so we were excited to see it.
Ling
Ling & Louie’s
We enjoy Asian Cuisine and are especially fond of Sushi and Sashimi. We had driven by Ling and Louie’s numerous times and decided that we’d better check it out. The décor is very attractive with a Full Bar area to the right, and a Sushi Bar with a unique glass wall waterfall to the rear.

Mantra Restaurant and Lounge
The Dal, which is a seasonal lentil dish, was a perfect compliment with the Naan. Next we enjoyed the Large Day Boat Scallops marinated with mustard, coriander and fennel sautéed and served with melted leeks and a light onion soup and salmon caviar.

Metro Kathmandu
San Francisco has some great casual and friendly neighborhood restaurants. We found one in the Lower Haight called Metro Kathmandu. They serve excellent Nepalese cuisine with an Indian influence prepared by their talented Executive Chef Vishnu Chuddar.
Osake
Japanese Restaurant-Sushi Bar & Grill
Osake Prawns-Lightly Battered Prawns served in a mildly spicy sauce with onions, green and red bell peppers. Another good choice for the non ‘RAW" diners. The next time I’ll ask for a hotter sauce but that’s just our preference.
Ozumo Restaurant
It’s hard to believe that Ozumo in San Francisco has been open for ten years. We have dined there numerous times enjoying the Japanese cuisine and were interested to see what changes may have occurred as they recently appointed a new chef. Executive Chef Alex Morgan is a graduate of The California Culinary Academy’s Le Cordon Bleu program

Pot de Pho
Chef/Owner Khai Duong
who is also the Executive Chef at Ana Mandara and graduated first in his class from the Le Cordon Bleu Academie De Paris creates the Pho and other dishes from family recipes. The décor features a 1960’s era Pho Street Cart adorned with colorful depictions of Vietnamese mythology, bird cages and scenes of Vietnam on the walls.

rasushi

RA Sushi
They serve fresh Modern Japanese Cuisine in a fun, hip atmosphere. The drink of choice was the Sake Bomb which is a beer and Sake. Pour some beer, put your chop sticks across the top of your beer, place a shot of Sake on the chopsticks then tap the table until your Sake shot falls into the beer. Then of course you drink it down and start over!! This was very entertaining and quite potent.

Rocketfish
The Potrero Hill neighborhood continues to be one of the most popular dining areas in the City. It is very centrally located to SOMA and AT&T Park plus they enjoy some of the best weather in The City. The newest restaurant is Rocketfish which features international Tapas and Sushi using seasonally fresh and locally sourced ingredients.
Roy ’s - Rancho Mirage
We’ve always enjoyed our trips to the Palm Springs area for rest, relaxation and of course the excellent dining. We know Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine Restaurants well, as we have met Roy and dined at his restaurants in other cities. We even own one of Roy ’s beautiful cookbooks and have recreated the cuisine fairly successfully but only after several hours of preparation.
Roy’s Restaurant
Some of our other favorite tastes were the Marinated Atlantic Salmon wrapped with Pandan Leaf and honey dipping sauce created by Executive Chef/ Owner Weerayut “Oudi” Uted from Flavor in Dallas, Texas and the Organic Chicken Liver Mousse with spiced Brioche Serrano ham apple skewers created by Executive Chef Jonnathan Leiva from Jack Falstaff in San Francisco.
saffron

Saffron Indian Bistro
We are big fans of authentic Northern Indian Cuisine and also enjoy local neighborhood restaurants, so we ventured to the cute hamlet of San Carlos on the Peninsula, where we found Saffron Indian Bistro. We were told that they had just hired a new Executive Chef, ParveenSharma, who is an acclaimed Indian Chef from New Delhi.

Shanghai
Shanghai Restaurant
We are always intrigued when a new restaurant opens in San Francisco. Shanghai recently opened on upper Market Street and we knew we had to try it. They feature authentic Shanghainese Cuisine prepared with locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. As we entered, we were impressed by the elegant decor of the dining room which included very attractive Bar as the centerpiece.
Shree Indian Restaurant
We ordered Taj Mahal 22 oz. Indian Beers and started out with Appetizers which were served with three tasty chutneys, Tamarind, Green Spicy Mint, and Red Hot. Try the Papadum crispy clay oven roasted spiced lentil wafers which were fresh and delicious. We loved the tender Chicken Pakora which was battered, deep fried chicken breast pieces served mild. You must have the Vegetable Samosa which is homemade crisp hot pockets, stuffed with spicy peas and potatoes
Skool Restaurant
Skool Restaurant and Bar is now almost two years old and has been a favorite of ours since it opened. We just learned that Restaurateur Andy Mirabell and Executive Chef Toshihiro Nagano had added some new Winter Menu items and were excited about trying them! We have dined at this “Hip” Design District restaurant many times and have always enjoyed their fish focused International Cuisine with Japanese flair, which is prepared using fresh, seasonal, locally sourced, sustainably raised and organic ingredients.
Shabuway- Hot Pot Japanese Cuisine in San Francisco

Shabuway
We have dined at many Japanese restaurants over the years but had never experienced Shabu Shabu style. We knew that it was becoming quite popular when we heard that Restaurateur Eiichi Mochizuki had just opened his sixth Bay Area Shabuway location on Geary Boulevard. Shabu Shabu Japanese Hot Pot style allows the diner to flash cook thinly sliced premium meats and vegetables in broths heated on in-table induction cook tops at their table.

Unicorn
Pan Asian Cuisine is all the rage in San Francisco and we were happy to dine at a new restaurant called Unicorn in the Financial District that was opened recently by Proprietor Kiet Troung who is originally from Saigon, Vietnam.
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