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Chinese and Vietnamese in Fresno

PolarBear | Jan 20, 200507:10 PM

In response (see following) to a poster asking for recs for spicy cuisines in Fresno (Vietnamese, Indian, Mex) I neglected to mention the May Cafe at the SW corner of Fresno and Clinton. Have only been once for lunch but the pho was excellent. Checking out the dishes ordered by the other diners made me want to return soon.

Also should have said that the new Kim Chau is upscale, nicely furnished and the waitstaff are striking in their red and gold vests. Not sure if their regular menu items are westernized or not since our lunch menu had been specially requested by one (non Asian) of our party

The Fresno Bee published an article (linked below, you may have to register) on the Hunan restaurant at the SE corner of Herndon and Cedar, stating that they are becoming a favorite among the local Chinese folks. They've hung on to the westernized traditional fare that their old customer base was used to but have added a second pink menu of Northern and Szechwan dishes.

We went the night after the article appeared so, as expected the service was a little spotty but the food was excellent. We started with Spicy boiled beef and a dish of large stuffed noodles in a nice broth. Also had a shrimp and vegetable dish that was tame in comparison but the shrimp were plump and fresh tasting. The Eggplant in Brown Sauce was nice and spicy and probably the best I've had. It's tucked into a little corridor to the south of the supermarket and there's some construction going on spiffing up the facia's of the shops, but well worth the visit. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Also recently we had a large party at East West, N side of Shepherd just E of First St. We took up two tables and did our best to try just about everying on the "East" menu (they also offer American). Everything was done wonderfully, the Steak Q was exceptional. The only dish that missed was the Shrimp Burger that my BIL and I split. It was billed as Rock Shrimp (wasn't) but just really didn't come together or have much flavor.

Thursday is martini night and they bring out some great food to the bar for happy hour, we've had paella frequently and once the owner brought out a lamb shank for us to sample. Definitely worth checking out.


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