Restaurants & Bars San Francisco Bay Area Oakland

Osmanthus Oakland

rubadubgdub | | Nov 8, 2013 02:21 PM

This is a new venture by Syhabout in the old Nan Yang space, open only a week now. Dropped by the other night @ 645 with 4 people, not crowded for the duration of our meal. We tried
--fresh tuna avocado - boring, nothing new about this rendition
--shrimp toast - ok
--mouth watering chicken - decent, but MCF blows them out of the water
--dry fried chicken wings - ma la very light, but good portion
--dry fried green beans - ok, we were hoping for something more blistery
--smoked trout fried rice - light and tasty
--garlic noodles - quite good, although a tad greasy

Portions were decent, on the medium side. They suggest two dishes per person for a meal (total ~ $25pp). Execution was fine. Space is pretty but somehow seems smaller than before.

The consensus in our group was that the food was pleasant but not memorable, mainly because the spicing was so mild. The sichuan peppercorn used in several dishes was sparing enough that no one in our group felt any effects. It's surprisingly in line with the other Chinese places on College Ave that cater to the neighborhood--nothing daring but with drinks. Frankly, I'd rather have something a la Mission Chinese Food flavors. I wish they would go for it!

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