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E & O Trading Company, Larkspur Landing - Long

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E & O Trading Company, Larkspur Landing - Long

Sharon S. | Feb 1, 2005 01:25 PM

I went to the new E&O in Larkspur Landing (across from the ferry terminal) on Friday night. The remodel there was pretty impressive for anyone who remembers the restaurant that used to be there, The Good Earth. We started with some cocktails, I had a "Mangopolitan". There is a pretty nice bar area. There were four of us and the waiter told us that the dishes are meant to be eaten family style. The food has got a Southeast Asian twist. I assume that the menu is the same at the other E&O's. We started with the Satay platter, 2 steak, chicken, salmon and portabello skewers with two yummy dipping sauces - not cheap at $20 and not quite enough for 4 people. But it came with a nice pile of pickled veggies. We also had the Fried Calamari which was lightly fried and really tasty, the sauce was made with cilantro. One of their signature dishes is the Indonesian Corn Fritters - made with fresh corn and like nothing I have had before, really good. We got an order of Naan with Raita and Sambal as dipping sauces - more South Asia than Southeast Asia, but not like traditional naan - lighter. There are several other small plates on the menu that looked good. We got some large plates to share, the Duck in Claypot which was fine, but not out of this world and the Salmon Misoyaki which I liked very much. Both were served with different types of rice. For dessert we ordered just two to share and they were out of the one I really wanted which was a Coconut Flan. We got a fried Banana wrapped in Filo with a macadamia ice cream. They didn't charge us for that because they didn't have the other dessert. The service was good until about halfway through the meal when I had to ask for fresh plates (with all the sauces you really need to change the plates often)and then our food came and we had no plates or utensils for what seemed like an eternity. We finally had to get up and ask the waiter for assistance. That was the only real glitch, but was annoying as we had to sit and watch the food grow cold. All in all it is a fun atmosphere, a good place for a group - attractively decorated - there is nothing remotely like it in Marin. I would go again. With the drinks, beer, and food it was $140.00 which seemed fairly reasonable. I might have gotten one more dish if I knew that we would end up having only one dessert to share. I was not completely full at the end

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