My friend read about this very new restaurant a couple of weeks ago on Chowhound. If I'm correct, the place used to be a dingy Chinese food restaurant. Well, to my surprise, we walked into a very small but cozy place nicely decorated with warm colors and wood. Just like the restaurant itself, the dishes were very small but delicately satisfied the palate. And the service was excellent.
We started out our lunch with Shrimp in a Nest ($8). Shrimp was coated with thin noodles, then fried. Mild soysauce based sweet & sour flavor matched very well with the fried noodles. Red chili pepper oil added a nice touch to it too. Thai Beef Tenderloin Salad ($9) was nice, but I thought it was a bit boring. Something like shredded daikon raddish in it might have added the punch it needed...Then the Honey Ribs with Thai Basil and Mustard Greens ($7.5)...WOW, a true knock out! You can just undress the meat off the bite-size bone with your mouth, and the meat would still have a good, solid consistency. After 3 dishes, we were still not quite full, so we had the Duck Soup ($8) with soba noodles. Well, this was not my favorite dish. The meat had good flavor, but the soup was too thick and bland...it was like drinking pure collagen with a little salt...and I didn't think soba was too good of a choice. Soba noodle tastes best in clean broth. Not in thick heavy soup.
We had jasmin flower tea to go with our meal, and it was good with their meat dishes. But $5 per person for tea was a lot to spend. They seem to put a lot of focus on their tea selection, so it might be a good idea to pair up different tea with different dishes on their menu.
Over all, it was a very good dining experience in the restaurant wasteland of Emeryville. I really hope they stay in business! I do suggest that they bring down the price or make the portions bigger...