We are former Berkleyans presently living in Brooklyn, and will be returning to the Bay Area for a week in August. It has been 4 years since we were back and so we are a bit out of touch with the scene. Would like recommendations for following types:
Chinese - particularly Jiangzhe (Shanghai and environs-style)
Southeast Asian - particularly Cambodian, also Laotian and Thai
Mexican - if there is anywhere really really good
Big birthday blowout place, price no object, but must feature fabulously good food
Have always make a point of visiting Chez Panisse cafe and Angkor Wat in the past - still good?
Any places with good reps in the press to be avoided?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts!