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Lunch at Furenzu in Emeryville today

veebee | Aug 5, 200505:27 PM

Just returned from lunch at Furenzu on Adeline near 40th and as was reported by other posters a couple of days ago, it is definitely a good chow addition to a bleak eats area.

We had the shrimp in fried noodle nests. This was well executed with the contrasting textures. The sauce was simple and complemented the dish beautifully (soy sauce, rice vinegar, chili oil??? just a guess).

The Thai beef salad was very good. It worked with the somewhat delicate mesclun type salad mix (instead of more traditional crisp lettuces and cabbage) and the beef was nice quality and tender. Dressing was standard. Could have been spicier

The Honey ribs were the best item we tried. Little riblets that were fork tender and just barely browned with a not-too-sweet glaze. They were served over braised mustard greens, which really went well with the sweet, succulent ribs.

We ordered the duck soup because we weren't quite full enough and were enjoying everything else so much. It was the weakest dish. The broth was very rich and it seemed to need another flavor dimension. My dining partner (an accomplished Japanese cook) didn't think soba noodles were the best choice for this soup. The duck itself was nice and tender and flavorful. I could really taste sweet spices in the broth (maybe 5 spice powder?)

I agree with previous posters that it would be nice if they added more appropriate lunchy items to the menu. For two, our bill was $40 for those four dishes and tea. That's fine for dinner, but for a workaday lunch that is not an amount I'll spend very often. They will be changing the menu monthly, so we'll see how it evolves. I think they should turn the Thai Beef salad into a Bahn Mi.

Definitely worth checking out. I'll probably go back soon to try some other items on the menu. (soft shell crab, clay pot, green papaya salad)

It is hard to see the restaurant because of the construction, but they had a sandwich board sitting out on the street in front.

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