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Yet another Berkeley Summary

Limster | May 31, 200203:02 AM

Shep keyed me in on the Brazilian sandwich place in the parking lot on University, near Oxford. Hefty sandwiches. I had a chicken salad sandwich (the first one on their menu). Lots of rich mayo, with a decent amount of chicken shreds. Bright spots from the veggies, especially corn. The thing that stole the show was an excellent cilantro garlic spread --- just incredile. Not bad at all for a friendly sandwich under $5. Good mango smoothie too.

The pumpkin salsa at Cancun is wonderful, with plenty of smoky complexity. Loved it, even thought the al pastor burrito was so so. My lab mates brought me there, but I think it was David that first pointed out the salsa selection to me.

The little Plearn on Shattuck (can't remember the exact name) isn't bad. The green curry needed more greeness, but was quite interesting with all kinds of spicy notes. I could catch tiny bits and pieces of the ground spices, so I'm guessing that they blend the spice mixes in house.

I really like Cha-Ya (even though I'd hand Minako an edge). Good agedashi tofu that is ever so delicate on the inside while being perfectly crisp outside. Croquettes were also lovely. I got one of their rolls filled with all kinds of vegtable delicacies. Very satisfying. I tried to get an omakase dinner out of them, but the waitress demurred and suggested a few things to order instead.

Pannini's sandwiches are good. I loved the intensity of the sundried tomatoes -- concentrated but not too much as to overwhelm the rest of the grilled chicken sandwich I had.

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