Here's a short report from my Bay Area visit last weekend.
1) Max's Chicken (S. San Francisco) - Max's is one of my favorite chicken places here in LA (Glendale) so I wanted to try this restaurant. The restaurant is clean but small compared to the Glendale location. Had the Max's Chicken dinner ($8.95) which is a 1/2 chicken with fried rice and either coffee or ice cream. The crispy skin is the best part but the entire chicken was tender and juicy. They also give you a larger portion of rice here than in Glendale. Also got the large order of shanghai lumpiang (18 pieces). This was really good, I think I ate the whole plate in under 5 minutes. Also tried the garlic rice but wasn't so impressed, the fried rice is much better.
2) Cafe Yulong (Mountain View) - I really enjoyed my dinner here. Tried the tea smoked duck which was excellent. I thought tea smoked duck had crispy skin but the version here was soft. Also had the fried dry calamari which really wasn't dry, there was a salty soy based sauce at the bottom of the dish. Ordered the chicken chow mein with crispy noodles but the dish came out with soft noodles. Both of these dishes were fine but not exactly what I expected. Also had the plate of (15) shrimp dumpling. These were very good. Total for dinner was $50 including tip. I will come back here again.
3) Miyake (Palo Alto) - Came for here for lunch & was one of several parties waiting for the restaurant to open at 11:30AM. The restaurant was nearly full when I was done eating (seats at the sushi bar were available though). I got the bento plate of beef teriyaki, tempura and sashimi for $6.25. Also got salmon & yellowtail nigiri sushi. The fish here isn't the freshest I've had but the prices are very reasonable. Service can be spotty when the restaurant starts filling up.
4) You's Dim Sum (San Francisco - Broadway) - These are my favorite fast food siu mai here and they were previously 3 for $1 but now they are 3 for $1.30. Not sure when the prices went up.
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