On Sunday evening, we had dinner at this Chinese restaurant called Sichuan Fusion, that all of us love. It’s in our neighborhood and is a simple, hole-in-the-wall place which was recommended by a friend of mine, who is Chinese. They serve authentic Sichuan food which is from Southwestern China and is characterized by bold flavors, particularly the spiciness from garlic, chilli peppers and Chinese flower peppers (which numbs your tongue gives a tingling sensation). We ordered Uyghur-style lamb and lemon chicken along with steamed white rice and aromatic jasmine green tea. The lamb dish is a tempered with whole red chillies and also has strong coriander flavor. Just look at the amount of chilli peppers in the picture…. this is not for the faint hearted! I am sure there are other wonderful dishes from Sichuan but I am totally hooked to the lamb dish. I am not particularly fond of spicy food, but there is something about this place that makes me want to go there again and again, just for the lamb. My mouth is watering as I write this! If you are craving something spicy, this is the the place to go to.
This weekend we thought of exploring something local. There is this really cool, family run restaurant on San Pablo in Berkeley called “Meal Ticket” that I had been eyeing for a long time. The name sounded different and it was featured in Diners, Dive-ins and Drives on Food network.
The food was simple diner style made using local ingredients and felt like it’s coming from a home kitchen. It looked delicious, the aroma was great and we dug right in. My daughter had berry pancakes which were scrumptious and topped with fresh fruit. Their baguette was really good and so were the scrambled eggs with spinach, mushrooms and pesto. My husband had the slow-roast pork with coconut curry which was divine. And yes, don’t miss the fresh orange juice. The weather in Berkeley was great, and I think that helped too.
It’s a treasure, I think I have found my favorite brunch place!!
Japa Curry is a Japanese food truck in San Francisco and they have the best curry I ever ate, Katsu curry. They serve fried chicken or pork over rice with a bowl of delicious curry and some condiments. This truly is one of the best things I ever ate. I can almost smell it as I write about it…. yum 🙂 They are usually near my office on Fridays. Can’t wait… here’s their website.
I am not sure how it’s made, I will try and find out though and post it here after I try it !!
Today was a gorgeous day in San Francisco….. perfect for an afternoon walk. As I was thinking about lunch options, I spotted “Curry Up Now”…. awesome! Their food is good, delicious and just the right amount of spicy. But there is always a long line of customers waiting. That is a good sign in my opinion. When in doubt, always look at the line outside a restaurant or food truck for that matter. If people have lined up, chances are that the food is really good.
What did I eat? I tried the “chicken kathi roll”. It’s delicious. I think everything they serve is good. Go for it. Here’s where you can find them http://www.curryupnow.com/