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There are two things that will bring me back to Cafe Legato - Coffee and Grilled Cheese Sandwich.
The coffee is good. Smooth texture. Strong aroma. Well balanced aftertaste. You won't be disappointed even if you are the most serious kind of coffee drinkers (although I can't guarantee you will be wowed).
Their grilled cheese sandwich is a little piece of joy. Simple and tasty. I had their veggie variety and enjoyed every bite of it.
Panni and other pastries were alright but didn't leave a strong impression.
The classical music theme of the cafe is really charming but I wish they actually play real classical music instead of pop songs. The atmosphere is great though. It is a warm, friendly and welcoming place.
It was a fair bowl of pho. The broth, the toppings and noodles were all passable. Nothing was wrong, nothing to be too excited about.
Pho Y #1 is a more than adequate spot for a cheap quick lunch. It is really nice that they open all hours 7 days a week with no gap in between. If you ever find yourself hungry at an odd hour, there is always a bowl of pho here to the rescue.
For a sushi restaurant that serve food until midnight Sakana is more than decent. I had their dinner combination with sashimi, tempura and hamachi kama. It was a simple and well prepared meal. The hamachi kama was particularity interesting. It was perfectly moist and tender inside. Definitely one of the better ones I had that came with a economic combo dinner. Tempura could be crisper but I like the light batter and light radish sauce. Sashimi is a standard fare. I don't find the fish quality particularly excellent. Some pieces even appeared a bit stringy.
If you are ever in the area for a late meal, can't go wrong with Sakana.
I was really excited about this new hotpot joint that offers many harder to find Chinese style broth. It is sad to say I am totally disappointed after one visit.
Service was lukewarm. It was a late lunch and the restaurant wasn't exactly that full. Even then, we were seated at a two person table that was absolutely tiny even when there are more comfortable larger tables around. The table was wobbly which is really dangerous for hot pot. We asked to be reseated but still assigned to another small table.
Seafood and Tofu, Sauerkraut and Lamb - both pots were unbelievably bland. I had ever had pickled 'sauerkraut' that bland. The broth was not well seasoned. If you don't use any condiments everything will just taste like it was boiled in water. The self-served sauce bar ended up looking rather messy and unappetizing.
Portion is small. The pots consist mostly of vegetables and fillers. The restaurant might be appealing to those wanting a really clean and healthy meal.
Given Miyabi's close proximity to the super touristy Fisherman's wharf, one can't help to be a little wary. It took me some courage and a very hungry stomach to venture into this establishment.
The restaurant was rather quiet on a Saturday night. The huge dining room was only half full during prime dinner hour and the sushi bar was almost completely empty. My expectation was low and I was thankfully not disappointed.
Miyabi is a typical Korean owned sushi restaurant. If saucy sushi rolls suit your fancy, there are a lot of choices on the menu. Quality of the fish was average. Nigiri was passable but the rolls were actually more likable. Portion is huge. One roll could be enough as a light meal for some.
If you ever crave some good mole poblana, La Mission is your answer. Tender slow cooked pork generously immersed in a dark rich sauce, carefully wrapped in a fresh tortilla - the result is a lovely mole burrito that is sure to please any palate.
La Mission is not your typical taco joint that serves greasy Mexican food. The tacos and burritos, despite their hearty portions, are all relatively clean creations.
The restaurant is tiny with indoor seating that could accommodate no more than 10. They do have a fairly large outdoor patio with large tables. On a nice sunny day it would be great to enjoy some nice food outdoor. Parking lot is small and fills up rather easily. Street parking is your best bet.
Residents of Berkeley are lucky enough not to be trapped under the net of giant supermarket chains. I am very jealous of their supreme selection of boutique grocery stores. Tokyo Fish Market is one of those tiny stores that really packed a punch. As the name implied, they specializes in fish. You can order all kinds of sashimi grade fish by the pound from their counter. If that is too intimidating for you, there is always the pre-packaged section to the rescue. While you are there, don't forget to check out the meat, fresh produce and Japanese goodies.
Caffe Sapore is your friendly neighborhood cafe that serves up some decent sandwiches. The coffee though, was a slight disappointment. The brewed coffee tasted awfully sour. The cappuccino lacked brightness. The only saving grace was the extra thick foam.
I did rather enjoy their focaccia sandwiches, especially the Cortina. It was made with smoked salmon, avocado, capers, lemon juice and olive oil. Ingredients were clean and simple and it just tasted wonderful. Kool Guy was decent for a vegetarian sandwich although I found the mustard a bit too strong for me to handle.
Not a bad place to grab a quick breakfast but I really expect the coffee to be better. Much better.
Sausalito is a touristy town and Lappert is a popular spot among tourists and local visitors. Who would resist a sweet treat after a long day on your feet? Even in colder winter days there is still a crowd. You can imagine how busy it gets on hotter days.
Ice cream at Lappert came in many flavors. Some traditional, some a little more tropical but nothing really outrageous or strange. Lines don't really mean anything here. Just step up to the counter whenever you are ready.
Texture of the ice cream was thick and rich. It wasn't out of the world amazing but really hit the spot.
Hot Spud is like a Chipotle but for potatoes instead of burritos. The idea seems cool but in reality it is still just baked potatoes with toppings (lots of toppings). It is just not something to get too excited about unless you are a real potato lover.
Tried the Shrimp Spud and the Wharf. The shrimp one was tasty. The sauce has a good amount of kick and the toppings went well with the potato. The Wharf, on the other hand, got boring quickly. There were not a whole lot of crab meat to go around and the sauce was mellow. I wanted to redress my potato with some extra condiments but found nothing of interest.
Even though I am not in the camp of potato lovers, I must say that they did a great job baking the spuds. The texture was soft and flaky all the way to the skin.