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David's Kitchen (long)

mangocrush | Jan 21, 2006 11:38 PM

A couple weekends ago we celebrated the birthdays of 3 of my boyfriend's coworkers at David's Kitchen (1713 Taraval). It was a fairly large group (15) squeezed into quite a small space (there were 2 other smaller parties aside from us). One of the party is a regular and friend of David's, so I apologize for not knowing the proper names of any of the dishes we got, since we hardly had a chance to look at the menu, as David came out and essentially planned a menu for us. I also can't tell you exactly how much each dish was, but from glancing at the menu I had an impression of entrees ranging from $7 (rice and noodles) to $13. So, reasonable, although dishes are on the small size and intended to be shared family style. At the end of the night we paid $40/person, which paid for 2 or 3 orders of everything listed below, plus a couple of vegetarian dishes ordered specially for one diner, more than a few bottles of wine, and the bill for the 3 birthday celebrators.

And finally, to the food:

Starters:

Gyoza/potstickers: Gyoza size, more like potsticker filling. Tasty but nothing special.

Chicken wings with soy glaze: Some people loved this, others thought it was just okay. Again, satisfying but nothing I would crave.

Oriental chicken salad: I think it was the dressing that made me really enjoy this salad. Very refreshing.

Entrees:

Roast chicken: sliced breast on a bed of mashed potatoes. Chicken was fine, mashed potatoes were fantastic!

Duck with avocado, tomato, papaya, and cucumber salad: a huge favorite with everyone. The duck was wonderfully cooked and the layer of fat on the outside was deliciously spiced and crisped. The salad was a very nice complement.

Spicy crab: much like the dry pepper crab at Chinese restaurants but *very* spicy. Again enjoyed by most, except for the people who couldn't handle the spice. The flavor really even permeated into the meat. I have to admit I am salivating now. Unfortunately this is not a menu item, but maybe you can ask for it!

Lamb chop with asparagus: I don't eat lamb but another favorite with the table. Also served with mashed potatoes.

Duck curry: This was very nice - a light curry with duck, potatoes and carrots stewed together. Flavors were very distinct but blended well.

Chow fun: Just average.

Pad thai: Better than average, but interestingly when we reheated the leftovers the noodles seemed very stale.

Desserts:

Lime, mango and blood orange sorbets: I don't eat many sorbets, and the texture of these surprised me - much more gooey than icy. Anyway I considered it a good thing. Flavors were nice.

Taro cake: slices of a pan-fried "cake" (i.e. Chinese "gao"/"go") made from taro and rice flour. The texture was very nicely chewy and the flavor was not too strong with taro (tasted like a bowl of the Chinese taro and tapioca dessert soup). At this point everyone was stuffed but once people got a taste of this we were fighting over it.

Overall a positive experience and I would go back, but probably focus on not as conventional dishes, and definitely get the taro cake for dessert!

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