Hope they can get their act together soon or else this place won't last very long. If you were hoping for quick fresh juice fix then this is not the right place. The service is absolutely horrible. I have left a number of times hoping to get a fresh juice before going to work or picking up the kids but it takes them at least five minutes to take your order and then another 10 minutes for you to get it. If I have nothing to do or nowhere to go and have all the time in the world, then this is a good option. I would love to be a loyal customer but they need to work on their service and operations first since I don't have time.
Menu has a great selection but I think it's too ambitious because they cannot deliver on service. I hope things get better and I can update my review but for now it's been supe disappointing.
Heard a ton about The Melt prior to its launch and was looking forward to checking this place out. So not the best grilled cheese sandwich out there but for what's it's worth, I think it's a great option especially if you are craving a grilled cheese sandwich. I had the Mission combo - white corn soup with pepperjack on sourdough, while my husband had the classic chedder with wild mushroom soup.
The mushroom soup was the only thing we didn't like. Everything else was yummy. The selling point of this place isn't the food but the service measured by how quickly you get your food. As a new restaurant (the first of many), I am sure they still have a ton of kinks to sort out but they'll perfect the process soon enough.The app was not out when we paid our first visit, but I was still impressed with the speed of operations. It's ideal for weekday lunches in the financial district.
As a marketer and sucker for clean, simple branding, I love what they've done with the concept and overall look & feel. I really hope it succeeds the way the founder has envisioned.
Now that I am done writing, I'm starting to crave the Mission combo ... in due time ...
To be honest, I probably would not have tried this place had we not gone with our friends who kept raving about it. It really helps to go with people who know the owners and more importantly, know what to order.
The business owner is Cantonese, but don't dismiss the joint as not being authentic. His wife is Japanese and her brother is the head chef, so I think they know what they're doing ... at least it's had us come back many times since we first tried it out. It's a family affair and it may come off as a Chinese-run operations, but it isn't.
Also, if you're going to go, just get the omakase. Everything else on the menu is not worth your time. The amaebi seasoned with sea salt, seared toro and butterfish are my favorites. I went once while sick and ordered something else on the menu - the experience was not quite the same. Food isn't cheap, but good sushi shouldn't be.
A bit disappointed, to be honest. It was one of those places overhyped on Yelp. I had big hopes for the bacon-wrapped mochi dish, and it was underwhelming. No flavor whatsoever. Most of the yakitori was good, but nothing too memorable. I think the only good thing was the ramen which all of us enjoyed.
As for izakaya places go, it's probably the better ones in SF but not sure if that says too much. It's a small venue so expect long, long waits without any reservations. And if that's the case, I don't think it's worth it. I wouldn't mind going back but it would not be the first on my list for Izakaya. I'd rather drive down south and eat at Gochi.
ICHI Sushi reminds me a bit of Sebo in Hayes Valley in that the owners are not there to impress nor please all its customers. They exist to do what they love to do regardless of the stigma that may go with the fact that they're serving sushi without sharing a strong Japanese heritage.
Go there and ask the chef what's good, he'll say everything - not because he's a jerk, but because it's probably true. The owners have probably spent a lot of time to develop their menu and at that point, it is all personal preference so he leaves it up to you to make the call.
Plain & simple, my husband and I enjoy good sushi. Not the places that bank on presentation or ambiance. We just like to sit the bar, watch the chefs do their thing, and devour whatever is placed in front of us. ICHI Sushi is one of these places.
ICHI Sushi seats less than 30 at one time and does not take any reservations. We got there around 8:45pm on a Saturday night and got seated at the bar within 15 minutes.
Regarding the food ...
- try all the daily nigiri specials (albacore, salmon, seared wagyu beef), as well as some of the standard ones (hirame, amaebi, hamachi, mackerel which was the best I've had since I am not a mackerel fan)
- the chef adds his own seasoning to each piece (from yuzu sauce to green tea sea salt) so no need to add soy sauce or wasabi
- if all that sushi doesn't fill you up, order some rolls or hot dishes on the menu (chicken wings were good, not great).
If you appreciate a neighborhood joint whose owners just love what they do and the sushi served is stellar, then ICHI Sushi is worth checking out. We'll be back again ...
Our favorite pho place in the South Bay! Way better than any other options out there and most importantly, it's clean! For selfish reasons, I'm glad it's situated at a random strip mall so that it's hard to find - otherwise, I think the place would be way too crowded!
The pho is solid, and so are the rice and vermicelli plates. Meat is well-marinaded and quite flavorful. Looking for a casual place to eat? Pho Wagon is the place to be! If tomato rice is your thing, be sure to ask the waiter to substitute that instead of the usual white rice.
Prices are typically 20% higher than your local place, but trust me, it's worth it. The only negative about this place is probably their drinks - the vietnamese iced coffee isn't very memorable and doesn't come out with those filters. Yet pricing is pretty steep for that. I usually get my coffee fix when I go to pho places, but at this place, I just enjoy the food. If they fix their drinks and pricing, I'll reconsider!
The only reason why we even tried this place was because other pho places around the area were closed on Labor Day.
We ordered pho and vermicelli with pork, and obviously, I was disappointed with the taste. The broth had no flavor, the seasoned meat on the vermicelli had no flavor. The noodles were soggy. The only saving grace what that their iced coffee comes with the typical coffee filter which makes it legit.
Blah. If I had to describe the place, it would just be BLAH. The place itself and service are not very memorable.
One thing for sure: it made me love Pho Wagon even more!
Did the one-month trial and likely won't be going back again. They have a mixed bag of instructors so it was totally hit and miss for me. The classes get extremely packed when the instructor is good - like unbearably crowded so it's totally not worth it, especially for bikram yoga.
I didn't find most of the classes very challenging so if you're seeking a place to grow, I'm not sure if YogaSource is the place. If you're seeking a place to just practice, however, then it's fine. I guess I had expectations given all the positive Yelp reviews, so I was a bit disappointed in the end.
Jenn Field and Cindie Heverly stood out for me. All the other bikram yoga instructors didn't really cut it even though we went through the same poses for all classes. I really tried to like it but it just felt short.
Last day of my pass certainly drove my decision. Drove all the way from work in Pleasanton to make the 5:45 class. Got there just in time but had to change. When I got out, they told me that I just missed the 5-minute mark and couldn't go in. As consolation, they said I could wait until the next class which would be around 7:30.
For a studio that doesn't make exceptions for their customers given the circumstances, I don't see why I need go out of my way to practice here either.
We went here for my husband's birthday. I had gotten reservation before the grand opening and was looking forward to trying this place out given all the hype. And surprisingly enough, this was closest to Nobu that Norcal has gotten.
The venue itself is beautiful. You walk in and feel like you stepped into a New York restaurant. The place is spacious - with three seating areas: (1) outside along the water, (2) bar area, (3) the main dining area. Situated in downtown Napa, Morimoto is part of the newly developed complex. The surrounding area is still a bit more on the underdeveloped side, which I found a bit weird, especially when you sit outside. We sat in the main dining area and I found tables were a bit too close to each other. If your neighbors talk loudly, then it's totally game over.
The food options are great and it's really hard to decide what to get. We opted for the $110 omakase to get a variety of stuff, but it sorta lost its appeal as everyone was getting it. We could have done away with some of the presentation of some of the dishes but nonetheless, food was solid and lived up to our expectations.
Strong dishes included the foie gras custard with some duck and wasabi, wagyu beef and all sushi. Quality of the fish was extraordinary which made us wish we had just ordered sushi. We'd love to visit again and next time, we'll likely choose ala carte.
Service was just ok. We had a server who was a bit nervous and clueless. She even messed up the order of the omakase and we had to bring it to her attention. The crowd here is pretty mixed but I am not surprised to read that there's quite a scene here that may turn some folks off.
The cocktail list is extensive but it's the custom beers that Morimoto has created with Rogue that is truely delightful. To any beer drinkers, you must try the soba ale.
Overall, a worthwhile place to check out in Napa. You won't be disappointed with the food but be ready for the scene and expect your wallet to take a hit.
To complete my registration, I wanted to find a place nearby to get my smog check. Found tons of places through Yelp and the Valpak coupons, and since the reviews here seem decent, i thought I'd give it a try.
The place is situated on El Camino near the House of Pho restaurant. I was in and out within 20 minutes on a Saturday afternoon. Quang, as others have mentioned, is extremely friendly and easy to talk to. It's a very low-key place with a handful of mechanics working ... he used to work at dealerships and decided to venture out and start his own business so I'm sure he knows what he's doing and likely won't rip off his customers ... too much. Glad to know he does other things - and hopefully I'll go here for other car maintenance stuff.
The smog check, with a coupon, came to be around $32 ($24.95 + processing fees). Probably the cheapest I've seen yet!