Szechwan Cafe -- Palo Alto (406 S. California )
We were working late today so Cheyenne and I went down the street to our favorite Chinese place in Palo Alto. Over the last few years we've tried nearly everything on the menu. Today we went with our favorites "won-tons in chili sauce" and "eggplant with bean curd in spicy garlic sauce" (be sure to ask for basil). It was cold so we also choose the hot & sour soup. As usual the food was great. We've had a run of mediocre hot & sour soup so I was especially pleased at this. I'd almost forgotten that it can be so good. The only down side was that the tea was weak, but we were too busy eating to complain.
It's worth coming here just for the garnishes. Amazing little flowers, mushrooms and butterflys carved out of radishes.
Maybe it's just me but it seems easier and more worth the effort to praise places that you like than to pan the ones you don't unless the experience was interesting in some way. On the other hand, it's important to hear the nays.
We stopped in for our second try at Jing Jing (downtown Palo Alto) a couple weeks ago. For some reason they have a lot of readers choice awards from the Palo Alto Weekly. In our opinion, the appetizers were bad and the main dish was mediocre. Everything we ordered was marked spicy on the menu however most of it wasn't. The hot & sour soup was bland except for the strong black pepper taste. It was spicy but in a trying-to-make-the-best-of-mac&cheese-from-a-box kinda way. Our other appetizer was some sort of roll with bean sprouts and peanut sauce which was barely edible. The peanut sauce could only be described as gummy.
um... maybe this belongs in a separate post.