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good meal at Unicorn (Berkeley)

Joel Teller | Apr 8, 200404:16 PM

We had a good time at Unicorn yesterday; it was my first time there.
It is self-described "Pan-Asian" cuisine but leans towards Vietnamese.
It's a very refined and pleasant place, considering its location on Telegraph near Dwight. Once you wade through the strange people on the street, you enter a very cozy and well-decorated space. The four of us enjoyed these dishes (descriptions in part taken from the web site):
Mango Rolls ($5.50), which were very mild but came with a tangy dipping sauce
Seafood Baked "Claypot" (containing broccoli, mushrooms, green beans, scallops, calamari, filet bass and prawns baked in jasmine rice with a toasted, crunchy bottom crust; $12).
CHAO ZHOU DUCK ($12) Boneless duck simmered in Lu Sui sauce and fried with a coating of mashed taro and cilantro (also with a tangy sauce and "Forbidden" rice).
SMOKED EGGPLANT SCALLION ($8.50) Smoked (skinless) eggplant marinated in nouc mam sauce with crunchy fried garlic and scallion.
Portions were reasonably-sized -- this is not a "small-plates" place.

For dessert we shared Mango Flan ($3.50), Gilled Pineapple with Condensed milk/Rum sauce ($5) and Chocolate "Essence" cake ($5). We enjoyed all the desserts.

Nest time I could happily re-order all these dishes except the Mango Rolls which were a bit bland.

Service was excellent (one very pleasant and professional waitress and a number of busboys). They have an extensive wine list but we brought our own special wine; corkage was $12. The four of us were well-stuffed with a total bill of $70 before the tip.

When giving people recommendations for reasonably priced places in this area let's not omit Unicorn.
Web site:

Unicorn Pan Asian Cuisine
2533 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704
Tel: 510-841-8098

See also previous recommendation, linked below:


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