Thursday, August 27, 2015

All You Can Eat Lunch @ Beque Korean Grill (Kevin's Going Away Lunch)

$25.00 ish (tax+tip included)

This is one of those places where you cook your own meal, which i'm not a big fan of, that is to say I normally don't go out for a meal where I have to cook my own meal.  If I'm going to have to cook I might as well go shopping and will typically make a better meal for cheaper, and much tastier!  However there are times I can be dragged along.  :D  Like a free lunch for a intern who is leaving to go back to school.  

Anywho, Beque is your typical styled place, large table, cooker in the center, meat and veggies pilled around to grill on the center broiler, followed by a plethora of sauces, except this place only gives you two sauces, and they're not very impressive.  The sauces they give are salt/pepper/oil mixed, and another special dipping sauce for the pork bellies that seems like ginger, bean paste, seasonings, and a tad spicy, that is ok on hot que'd meat.  There wasn't even soy sauce to add.  With most Korean establishments they do give you a plethora of side dishes that are also endless, with various items, like glass noodles, marinated potatos, kimchi, etc.

After a few of the charred and que'd pork bellies, and a few of the thin sliced beef, I was becoming very disappointed, and almost removed a star, as even with the sauces there wasn't much more than the various "meat" flavors, no zing, but the saving grace was the Bulgogi. Specifically the very spicy Bulgogi!

This meat,the bulgogi, in the 2nd pic above to the right, while arriving at the table looking like something pulled off the slaughter room floor, and even when cooked almost resembling philly cheese steak before the cheese is added, the taste is very, very, good, tender (if done correctly), succulent, and oh my, spicy!  You see this meat is marinated in the "house sauce" and is one of the "all you can eat" options.  You can get a non spicy version too, but I don't see why you would.

With that said, I wouldn't go out of my way to go here however, especially when I'm at work, as there is a similar place near work.  They have lunch special for 9.99 with enough food and plenty of sauces, costs 15-17 with a drink and including tip.  

The staff at Beque, was very attentive in almost every respect, that is except for when it came time for the bill. We had to ask a few times, and then ended up just going to the register because we were under a bit of a time crunch. 

  1. Beque Korean Grill
  2. $$ · Korean Restaurant · 2.5 mi
  3. Polished but relaxed Korean BBQ dining experience, with grills embedded in the tables & a full bar.
  4. Address: 3060 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95051

    Open today · 11:00 am – 1:00 am

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Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Kome Miso Cha-Shu Ramen @ Misoya Ramen

$22.00 (tax+tip+egg+spicy+soda)

This ramen joint, like most is tucked away in a little block of buildings that have seen better days and are conglomeration of various services and businesses.  While the outside is rather bland, the interior is quite nicely decorated, while there is ample seating, at noon the place is packed (not sure about dinner), so plan accordingly.

The ramen itself one of the better ramen I've had in the bay area, and while not as "spicy" as my favorite place in San Jose's Japan Town, Kumako Ramen , their mix of flavors all meld well and add to the overall flavor profile.  Its really hard to say if this is better, as it seems while similar they are quite different.  There are a few things that make this ramen better in my opinion.

The ramen I ordered was the Kome Miso Cha-Shu ramen which then I added a Miso Egg (+1.50), and Spicy Paste (+1.00) the red dollop in the middle of the pics, along with two potato wedges (aka thick cut french fries).  The Cha-Shu pork are the sliced medallions which you get three.  They are tender with a nice crisp outer crust and are delicious!  The last thing are the noodles, they're spiral but are thicker than typical ramen joints and are one of the things I liked about this dish.

Most of the ramen is around 10.00, my order was 12.50 + the addons, which you can really go to town with as they have a wide selection of addons which start at least 1.00 ea.  Price is the only detractor to this place.  Where other ramen joints typically give you some of the addons already included in the meal, e.g., the egg, spicy flavoring, etc.

When all is said and done, I highly recommend this place if you enjoy ramen, just make sure you get there early and bring enough cash/credit!
    1. Misoya 
    2. $$ · Ramen Restaurant
    3. Branch of a Japanese chain doles out custom preparations of regional ramens in a simple storefront
    4. Address: 3541 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95051

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

So Much MEAT! @ Pampas Brazilian Steakhouse

The company I work for took us here after a team building event, so I can't really give you the price structure, and we were very well pampered.  The signature meat was the best I've had in a long time, however most of the chicken offerings were a little over cooked and dry, save for one, chicken wrapped in bacon!  Also the chicken hearts were also delicious, however are you might know they're more of a "appetizer" than anything as they're quite small.   Of course you could make a meal of them if you load up on them like my one co-worker who totaled around 15 of the buggers! :)  Then end of the meal was also a delight, with some nice grilled pineapple along with a chocolate tart topped with vanilla ice cream and a toffee side.  I would completely recommend this place to others who enjoy a Brazilian Steak House Experience.  Reservations recommended.

  1. Pampas 
  2. $$$ · Brazilian Restaurant
  3. Brazilian churrascaria specializing in unlimited skewered meats backed by a lavish salad bar.
  4. Address: 529 Alma St, Palo Alto, CA 94301

    Reservations: opentable.com

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