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trip report -- Oliveto, Kyo-ya, House of Clay Pot, Mifune, Medicine, etc

Carl | Dec 29, 200504:42 PM

Oliveto. I got the venison with sweet potatoes. It was very good. High prices and small portions but probably still worth it.

The cheese shop in the Rockridge Market Hall is very good. In particular they have interesting goat and sheep cheeses. I got the scariest goat cheese, which was conical and covered with ash. I ate it with a loaf of Acme raisin-cranberry-walnut bread, which was very good but tended to overwhelm the cheese even though it was quite good itself and rather smelly.

Kyo-ya. The seven-course kaiseki dinner cost $100 with tax etc but definitely wasn't worth it.

House of Clay Pot. I went hoping they would have unusual types of clay pot dishes, but not really. They have about ten rice-based clay pots and then about ten others, including both Szechuan and Thai types. I wanted something interesting and healthy and so ended by logic with the fish balls with pumpkin clay pot. It was good, with a pumpkiny sauce, but not great.

Mifune. I got the sushi appetizer, gyoza, udon with chicken and egg, and a half order of unagi don. Everything was okay and cheap but it's not worth a special trip.

Medicine. I went there thinking to get the nine-course dinner, but on the menu it didn't sound that interesting. So instead I got the squash dumpling, which was quite good. Braised greens, though, were dry and weird.

Mayflower dim sum. Everything was excellent except for the shrimp dumplings, which were flavorless. Go early.

I tried to go to Old Mandarin, but it turns out that they are closed Tuesdays and Thursdays for lunch *and* they have obnoxiously loud street construction going on right outside. So instead I went to King of Thai Noodle House on Taraval. It was okay.

Acme pumpkin bread. Good but not great.

A. G. Ferrari almond and apricot torte. Good but not great.

You's dim sum on Broadway. Usually reliably okay, but this time the filling of the pork buns had a soupy quality that didn't work for me.

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