Tuesday, July 27, 2010

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Takhrai Thai

12265 Scripps Poway Pkwy, Poway, CA 92064

Reviewed by Jimmy L.

I saw so many 4 stars review, it makes me wonder if this is the same place that I went to.  For starter, the service was EXTREMELY SLOW,  The server walked to us even apologize for the slowness of the food delivery.  My wife ordered a salad and I have a pad won something .... her salad is way too salty and my pad won something is with medium heat but I can barely taste the heat.  I have to say this place has definitely been converted more toward westerner's liking.  The satay chicken is okay, but I definitely had better. Portion is small for the price it charged.  rarely i said this, but this is a place i won't go for sure in the future.

Why did the Caribbean place close down on Sunday.... (that was my original restaurant selection) WHY or WHY.... now i end up paying 40 for some food that I did not enjoy and am still hungry.

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Escondido Children's Museum

380 N Escondido Blvd, Escondido, CA 92025

Reviewed by Jimmy L.

Prior to visiting a friend of mine who lives close to Powell, I took my 3 year old and 9 month old kids to this place for some fun.  Perhaps is the time I visited, (sunday at 12:00), the place is empty.  The first impression my wife and I had for this place was ..... WOW .. this is SMALL!!!.  But for $5 admission per person and under 12 month is free, we thought the price was okay, so we headed in anyway.  

Inside the museum, there is a section sealed off for 0-3 year old kids.  Lots of toy and things to play with.  There are also some art craft center and a puppet show stage.  I wonder if there are typically teacher there hosting classes?  Outside the museum there are some outdoor activities.  There is a bubble tower which looks some what funny.  My wife felt the bubble tower smelled funny too.

I would have to say for $5 per person, I am not expecting too much of the place and we end up spending about 3 hours so it is worth the entry charge.

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Hungry Bear Sub Shop

302 W El Norte Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92026

Reviewed by Jimmy L.

On the way to visit my friend's new born baby, I decided to look up places to eat before arriving his house in SD.  With the help of the fellow yelpers, I located this sub store.  What interest me the most are fellow's comment on the comparison of this store with the East Coast Subs.  I have been searching for eons for a good sub store.  Once we reached the store, you see the flat grill in the back of the counter, you know you are in the right place already.

I ordered the ruben sandwich with pastrami and my wife ordered the cheesesteak.  When you see the sandwich, you know that you are eating the typical subway.  The portion is HUGE.  The bread is a bit dry, but the sauce on the sandwich makes the dryness of the bread bearable.  Each bite of the food is full of MEAT and condiments.  The waitress are very friendly, this seems like a family owned local business.

The only down side I can say is that this place is too DARN FAR from my house.  I guess I will have to visit my friend in SD more often to stop by this place in the future.

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

French 75

French 75

1464 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Reviewed by Jimmy L.

With a customer coming to visit and wishing for some sea food, we took the customer to French 75, which is a restaurant that my wife had wanted to go so badly.

When we arrived, I have to say the waitress service is comparable to the one you get in France, they take their times before serving you. The whole meal took 2 and half hour. It took close to 30 minutes before we order our meal.

For appetizers, we ordered the escargot. The escargots is already de-shelled. When you eat it, all you taste is the creamy buttery sauce and the chewy texture of escargot. Not sure if that's how it should taste. It is okay, but just seem a bit too buttery for me.

For dinner, I had the sea food trio. The fish was okay. The lobster is decent. I like the flat noddle which comes along with the dish. The scallops is also okay. Portion is not huge, which is something I was expecting anyway with French Cuisine, so it is nothing special.

For dessert, we had the chocolate souffle, cheesecake dome, and creme brulee. Souffle was good. The outside cover is very crispy and the inside is very soft. I would highly recommend for people who love dessert.

For couple dating, I think this place definitely worth 4 star. But for me, I am in it for the food, so I am only giving it about a 3.

One more thing to add, there is also live band music


Sushi Murasaki

Sushi Murasaki

2901 W MacArthur Blvd, Santa Ana, CA 92704

Reviewed by Jimmy L.

After the recommendation by the coworker and the fellow yelper, I took the family to this restaurant to celebrate my wife's winning of the biggest loser among her friends.

When we walked in the restaurant around 1 on Saturday, the restaurant is almost empty. We were in fear of the quality of the food. After we were seated, we were greeted by a very friendly service. After scanning the menu, we ordered the lunch special, which is a fish cheek, small udon, tempura, and small salad (11.95), and special chirashi (26.95). The special chirashi contains ikura, uni and toro.

The lunch special is not too bad. Udon is decent, not as good as Fukada, but it is decent. The tempura are okay too. Not the best, but I certainly had a lot worse one. The cheek is crispy outside and soft inside, which is good. Still nothing that yet wow me

Then when the chirashi came, I tried the mackerel. The fish is prepared excellently. Typically if the fish is not fresh enough, there will be a strong sense of fishy odor. The lunch special was a 3, but the chirashi is pushing the review to a 4. Ikura is also very well prepared. Even my 3 year old loved the Ikura.

What made this restaurant a 5 are the fresh wasabi, toro, and uni. The fresh wasabi gives you the taste of the wasabi, but does not over power the taste. Trust me, once you have the fresh one, it is hard to go back to the machine paste type.

The toro was good. The fat of the fish creates a great balance and sensation taste in your mouth. Last is the Uni. Typically, uni I ate is about 5cm, longest. a piece of uni in the bowl is at least 10cm. When you eat it, it is not dry at all and there is a great sea taste. Once you had that in your mouth, nothing else will be able to compare against it. I would strongly suggest you eat that last.

Oh, almost forgot to mention the sweet shrimp and scallop in the charishi. both are extremely fresh and has the nature sweet to the taste. The head of the sweet shrimp is extra crispy but not burnt.

Overall decor of the restaurant is very relaxing with a very soothing jazz type of music.



Monday, June 7, 2010

California Fish Grill

California Fish Grill

3988 Barranca Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92606

Reviewed by Jimmy L.

Great Fish, I had the white rufffy in both butter and Cajun style and both are tasty. I perfer Cajun just because of the stronger taste. My relative tried the swordfish and actually prefer my ruffy better. For a grill fish dish, anything under 10 in US is a bargain and California Fish Grill offers the deal.
As many had noted, the seating is a bit limited and there is always a line to order even passes the normal lunch hours. However, that is a sign of a good restaurant.
the sweet potato fries is crispy and well make. The french fries that goes along with the dish is not too bad either. The cole slaw is similar to the one you get at east coast, I think. Not too saucy. My wife had the seafood salad which she highly rave about. This is definitely a place that I will come back again.
Typical Bill for a family of 3 is about 30. I ordered Fried Calmari, white Ruffy and a seafood salad with an upgrade to sweet potato fries. The total bill is about 25 without tips but including tax.

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Saturday, October 4, 2008

Jongewaard's Bake N Broil

Jongewaard's Bake N Broil

3697 Atlantic Ave Long Beach, CA 90807

Reviewed by Jimmy L.

With the help of Yelp Fans, I found this joint for taking my family for a quick lunch before heading to the aquarium of pacific. The sign was not very visible, therefore when you drove, unless you are staring at the numbers, it is very easy to by-pass the place.

The decor of the restaurant is very nice and homey. From the outside of the restaurant, you will never imagine how clean it is inside the restaurant.

Once my wife and I are seated, we started to look at the menu. I ordered the Country Chicken Steak with blue berry muffin and my wife ordered hamburger patty with eggs and pancake.

The Blue berry muffin was served first. The muffin was very soft and moist. Literally the muffin melt in your mouth. After the muffin tasting, I just can not wait for the meal to serve. My wife felt her meal was a bit plain, but I love my dish. The chicken steak was not dry nor salty and the hash brown was cooked just right.

After the meal, my wife and I also ordered a Velvet Cake. I had never tried a Red Velvet before. It was very tasty and again, the cake is very moist (I felt like a broken record). Even though the cake was a bit too sweet for me, but the sweetness is not something that is not bearable.

I think the meal total is less than $25. The waitress we had was very nice and courteous. I am sure if I am in long beach again, I will def. come to this place again.