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Clay Pot, Downtown San Jose (longish)

Judith Hurley | Mar 5, 200309:28 PM

We had early dinner tonight at the Clay Pot, 19 N. Market Street, in downtown San Jose. We were the only customers, even when we left at 6:30, but I suspect they get more traffic at lunch.

We started with fresh spring rolls, which were fresh and came quickly. Then we enjoyed the vegetarian salad, the usual mix of cabbage, jicama, carrots, peanuts, with tofu, also quite fresh, with a mild and pleasant dressing.

We chose the clay pot delight for an entree. It seemed like the best starting point, since it had all the ingredients . . . chicken, shrimp, beef, vegetables. It was quite good, and I really relished the crunchy rice on the bottom of the pot (I have no idea how they produced it quite so quickly), but I could have lived without the two hunks of canned pineapple. (I can always live without them, and they seem to appear in the strangest places!)

We eat a lot, and would have ordered two clay pots had the waiter not discouraged us, so we decided to have one more appetizer to finish off the meal. The Slow Paced Life Delight is six escargot shells, filled with a ground meat and vegetable stuffing. It was really cute, with little banana leaf insertions to make it easy to unpack, but despite the nifty name the stuffing was basically bland and uninteresting.

Dinner at Clay Pot is not a life-altering experience. On the other hand, if you're in downtown San Jose, and you'd like a reasonably good meal with a few novel twists in pleasant surroundings you might give this a try.

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