[Black pepper crab]
It has been about a month since I posted anything here. My excuse? Finishing my dissertation and starting a new teaching position. Both of these tasks have kept me occupied and away from my blog.
I also spent a week in Northern California visiting family and friends. As usual, here is a short restaurant report:
First stop was Taki Sushi in El Cerito. Sushi chef and proprietor Thomas, a protege of Yuzo Sasaki, provided a succulent selection of cuts. We started with a sashimi platter of hamachi (yellow tail), shiro maguro (albacore tuna), and scallops with fresh wasabi. We continued with nigiri sushi, more hamachi, scallop and shiro maguro, ama ebi (sweet shrimp) and katsuo (bonito) which was my least favorite. We concluded the meal with nigiri unagi (freshwater eel).
I also hit Lee Hou, a dim sum spot on Clement St. in S.F. Had the har gao (shrimp dumplings) and har gao with cilantro, black pepper crab, salt-baked squid and other yummy stuff.
After my fave Thai restaurant shut down I have been on the search for a replacement. I’m glad to have found Ruen Pair in El Cerrito. It’s incredibly fresh and very delicious. It’s also spicy, exactly the way Thai food is meant to be. Unfortunately, the pla tod (deep fried whole fish with tamarind chili sauce), usually on of my faves, was not so great. But the rest of the meal was so good I went back again, twice.
Sadly, I did not get the opportunity to fill my Mexican seafood craving. I used to hit this place on the regular, but heard it has gone downhill over the years. Too bad…