Very plentiful banchan with a lot of different varieties. The menu prices are surprisingly quite good for Korean BBQ.
My party of 4 and I got a haemul pajeon (seafood pancake), 2 meat orders, and a budaejigae ("army stew"). The charcoal grill was a nice traditional touch for authenticity's sake, and functioned very well. After hearing about all the rave reviews for the pajeon/pancake, I was very eager to try it. It wasn't disappointing, but it didn't have that cohesive pancake-ness to it with the crisp exterior. It was huge, though, and the sauce was very good! Meat was pretty good quality with a fair and good portion for the price, and the included sauces (ssamjang and the sesame oil/salt/pepper thing) were both good stuffs. The budaejigae was huge! 4 guys had trouble finishing it, if that's of any indicator how big the jigae was (I find it entertaining that the English translation is "casserole").
Definitely would recommend this place.
Whenever I enter, the smell of stale grease hits me instantly and I immediately gag...I really don't know why this place is so popular. I guess there is a thrill for those who love disgustingly greasy cheese sandwiches submerged in more grease. I'll also give it credit for being somewhat clean.
I honestly end up getting the tenderizer whenever here - after all, everything is disgustingly greasy, so might as well get the most enjoyable option. To be fair, the sandwich itself is not terrible (discounting the grease), and the flavors of bacon with cheese and a chicken tender mesh together pretty well. Cheese curds are, like everything else, super greasy. They're not terrible, but very greasy. Basically, my stomach is not happy the next morning whenever I come here.
To be very honest, the only reason I come here is when I get outvoted by grease-loving friends (blech). But one very important note - Wednesdays are good days, as everything is half off! One of the very few times when I'm grudgingly willing to swallow the voice of my stomach's conscience in order to ram a sandwich down my throat. Otherwise, the price does not justify anything at all. For ~$8, you can get much better food.
Very typical chain food. I appreciate that they're fast and the prices are pretty good for what you get, but for some reason I still don't think it's really "worth" it. Their soda machine was not working on a few occasions my roommates and I visited - however, I'll give them credit that it's one of those fancy machines that dispense a million different flavors. I'll also give this particular location for being well-maintained and clean every time I've been there.
Onto the food - I usually get either the Steak Stroganoff or the Pesto with Parmesan Chicken. I've also tried the Japanese Pan Noodles before. All of the above have been quite salty, and honestly, the meat always seems a bit suspicious every time I eat it. I've also tried the Thai Hot Pot. It was sort of weird - I'd say skip it. The raw bean sprouts, especially, were a huge turn-off for me.
Overall, for something I could make at home with non-suspicious meat, I just don't think it's really worth it unless the chain as a whole improves on the sketchiness of the meat and reduces the sodium by a bit (even as the nice part of me does say it's a very good cheap lunch option). Also, all the asian noodle options are very "whitewashed" and bland.
Interesting concept, but execution is meh and I don't think they're really worth the price.
Cha siu baos are one of my favorite things on this planet, but for all the hype, Wow Bao's are just OK, especially since Chicago has a Chinatown right down the street. The other, more creative "baos" also taste pretty good (thai curry gets my thumbs up), but again, I wasn't impressed for the price I paid for them. Usually at dim sum places, I can get 3 Baos for less than $4 - here, they were $2 for each individual bao, and these baos weren't even particularly big! Even for Mag Mile standards, I don't think the price difference should be that much.
TL;DR: Good flavor and taste, but not really worth the steep price. It is an interesting concept with a cute storefront, though.
There is a reason why I went here 3 times in one week, and why the owner recognizes me now (whoops...). Also because I'm a sucker for shaved snow, and I can't even start on how excited I was that there's finally shaved snow in Evanston. Too bad it's tucked away in a hard-to-find storefront by the North Face store /parking garage entrance on Davis (you're welcome I gave you directions)
Note: this is NOT Hawaiian Shaved Ice with the coarse ground ice and syrup on top. This is something one million times more amazing called Shaved Snow. It's a Taiwanese dessert where the flavor is already frozen into the ice, and then a special shaver shaves it into a fluffy pile. Imagine the equivalent of if cotton candy and ice cream had a baby, and that's what the texture is like - fluffy but cold and well-flavored.
On to the actual shaved snow! There's a lot of flavors, ranging from chocolate to mango to taro and many more. I tried the tiramisu (good), mango (decent, mango flavor wasn't strong enough - I'm very picky on traditional flavors!), and chocolate (also decently good). A small costs $4.99, and could be split across 2 people for a light after-class snack. You also get two toppings included in the price (the toppings are much like those you would find at a frozen yogurt bar). The owner is very nice and clearly cares a lot about the place, even making sure I enjoyed my dessert and charging my credit card after I was satisfied. The space is very small, though, with only 3 tables inside. Luckily, the owner puts everything into to-go containers just in case.
They also have macaron ice cream sandwiches, macarons, frozen yogurt, and bubble tea. The bubble tea is a no - it's more like a smoothie, and was somewhat powdery in taste. Fortunately, everything else was a hit. Ice Cream sandwiches are amazing, even if they don't match up to my favorite at Icebox in Cupertino, California - I had the halo-halo, and both the macaron and ice cream were good! Macarons were also light and fluffy, and I would buy again.
A group of around 6 others and I went for a late lunch, and it was still packed even at 2pm! Must be a good sign, right? When I saw the menu and the insanely low pricing, I was skeptical at first - luckily I was pleasantly surprised.
Interior is decorated very nicely - while I haven't been to the "old" Pita Inn a few blocks down, this new location is very well appointed with high ceilings and granite tabletops. Very casual - think your typical counter-order mediterranean place where you pick up your food after a number is called out.
I ordered the Business Lunch Combo ($5.99), which came with two pieces of pita, a chicken breast, gyro meat, 2 kabob pieces, and 1 falafel served over a bed of rice and a small salad on the side. Salad was nicely dressed without excessive dressing, and I had to pour a bit of tahini sauce on the romaine to give it flavor. The chicken breast was cooked well and not dry - always a plus. Not sure if it was because I went at a late hour, but the gyro meat was slightly dry and underflavored. Fortunately, the kabob was great! Falafel was slightly greasy, though, but still very good in flavor. The rice was a disappointment, though. It wasn't very soft at all and very "meh" in terms of taste. Still going to give this one a thumbs up though, due to the low price ($5.99), it wasn't bad (just wasn't spectacular), and I didn't feel greasy/gross after, which is always a good sign.
I would give this place a 3, but rounded up to 4 due to insanely good price/food ratio - a huge plate for only $5.99 - and nice decor (and the very clean bathrooms!)
Ever since going off to college, one of the main things I miss from living in the South Bay is a nice down-to-earth bowl of good pho - specifically, this place's pho. Haven't been to this joint in a while because it's gotten a little bit too much publicity and the lines are way too long nowadays, but thankfully had the chance to come back after a long strenuous hike up Mission Peak on labor day. Updates since 2012....
Prices: They've gone up quite a bit since last time. ~$8.5 for a "small" (aka most places' large) and ~$9 for a large (aka super size). they've gone from amazing portion:price ratio to just average portion:price, but still way more than worth. and how can you have so much food for less than $10 anywhere else anyways?
Food: i'm so glad this has remained consistent! as most places get more popular, quality tends to go down, but happily this has not been the case here! pho broth is as rich and amazing as i remember it, with portions as equally generous as many years ago.
because it was over 100 degrees and i'm sweating like crazy after a hike, i opted to get a vermicelli instead of my usual pho - the grilled pork + fried eggroll vermicelli for $9.5, and was not disappointed at all! pork was grilled nicely and not dried out, vinegar/vermicelli sauce was the perfect balance of sourness and sweetness, and the fried eggroll was absolutely delicious. portion was also huge and more than adequate to nourish my body after mission peak.
their specialty pandan waffle is as light and deliciously crispy as ever too!
Service: ahhh authentic hole in the wall asian restaurants - the speedy and not-super-polite-borderline-rushing-waiters make sure food is dished out in a very short amount of time, and it's part of the experience of good asian comfort food! the huge bowls of pho came waayy before the waffles or vermicelli dishes, and while i was super hungry watching my friends eat pho while waiting for my vermicelli, i'm glad the food gets delivered right as it's ready (aka piping hot delicious pho broth).
pho nguyen, keep up the work and continue serving your delicious and gigantic bowls of pho! i promise i'll be back when i'm craving pho and conveniently in the area as long as your lines aren't pouring out the door.
much love, a boy who misses this place a ton during cold chicago winters in college"Number two small please!"
Definitely my go-to place for a nice steaming hot bowl of pho Sundays… En savoir plus
Glad to see Verde returning to Cupertino after getting it's lease taken over by super cue at their old location. Interior's tiny, but the products are the exact same Verde as I remember from both Mountain View and the former Cupertino location.
Tea's not the greatest in the area, and being in the same plaza as Fantasia and Ten Ren is not going to help its case, so I'll be generous and give it 4 stars (if for nothing else, the sentimental feelings I have attached to Verde as one who grew up in the area and its home as a late night hangout place)
They have an electronic board showing the number of the order that's ready, which is a huge plus :) now if only they had that at the Mountain View location.
Overall I'll be generous because of Verde's triumphant return to Cupertino - it's a well loved place for a reason.
Came here for brunch with a few friends today after noticing high Yelp reviews right as they opened at 11am. Parking's always more annoying along California Ave, but there's a structure nearby - or street parking if you're lucky!
Ambiance: Quaint French bistro - the restaurant was definitely on the smaller end and the interior felt slightly cramped, but they do have al fresco dining right outside the front door! (and perhaps the full bar took up too much room in the center of the small storefront).
Service: On the slower end for sure. We waived to our waiter a few times but he seemed to ignore us before we had to call for his attention.
Food: I ordered the Croque Monsieur with garlic roasted potatoes ($14). The sandwich was not terrible, but it was also not remarkable and had a few flaws. The bread was definitely burnt unfortunately, especially near the corners. The bechamel sauce:bread ratio was pretty good, and I'm glad they didn't drown the sandwich in sauce. Cheese was high quality though, which was nice. Portion was also very adequate (I mean, it is a cheese sandwich so it was rather filling). The potatoes it came with, however, were very disappointing. Not only were they extremely dry, but the supposed "garlic roasted potatoes" were bland and tasted flavorless - the ketchup was the saving grace to rescue the poor potatoes. Perhaps I should have gone for the side salad or requested fries.
Tried a bite of my friend's omelette (either the $15 Omelette de Campagne or $14 Omelette Parisienne) and it actually tasted pretty good. the omelette looked a little sloppily made, however, and not very well put together - visually, it appeared to be more of a scrambled eggs versus an omelette. Eggs at least were well cooked and neither runny nor overly firm/dry, so I'll give them credit for that
complimentary treats: the complimentary bread came with a highly addictive herb butter that was quite delicious. maybe the bread set me up for a bit of a disappointment afterwards with the meal itself
all in all, food and experience = not bad, but it was also not remarkable - very average. However, if I'm spending over $10 for brunch, I'd rather spend it at another place. For the food served, it was overpriced even by Palo Alto standards (especially as the location is outside of downtown). 2.5 stars round up to 3. definitely not 4-star worthy.
*note: the online menu is also out of date with pricing as well*
still the best tea place in terms of tea quality on castro - tried the iron buddha (a common dim sum tea) the other day and it's an improvement over the regular milk tea. lines seem to only have gotten worse as people discover tea era :) pearls are still reliable compared to the other places *cough*verde
don't get the melon milk tea - it's one of the few milk teas i was unable to finish due to it being too artificially disgusting.
main downside still remains - undersized space with a lack of adequate waiting area and always packed. still cash only as well, and closed on tuesday.
(-1 star for melon milk tea and constant overcrowded-ness)I LOVE THIS PLACE.
There's only another PMT place comparable to this (SweetHeart Candies in Milpitas)… En savoir plus