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an Oakland restaurant to check out — Champa Garden 
22nd-Jun-2006 08:29 am
food, Bascove peaches
Came across a review on SFGate of a restaurant that sounds worth checking out, especially since it's not far from where Pirate & I live: Bargain Bite: Champa Garden. From the review:
Even familiar dishes sing their own song here, and quite a few depart from the cookie-cutter Thai-Vietnamese menus of the Bay Area.

The fried rice ball salad (nam keow) ($5.95) is a good example. A softball of rice stuffed with ham-like preserved pork is deep-fried, then torn up and doused with lime. You wrap pieces, and herbs, in lettuce leaves. The chicken salad ($5.95), a Vietnamese menu standby, is bold and hot, loaded with dark meat, ripped basil leaves, red peppers and thin-sliced onion.

Lao's noodle soup ($4.95 medium/$5.95 large), mild and brothy, fills you up with pencil-thick house-made rice noodles, prawns, fish balls and cuttlefish. The Lue version has the same noodles but a spicy, beefy soup. The red curry with tofu and vegetables ($6.95) is rich with coconut milk but avoids the over-sweetening typical of Americanized Thai food. Portions are generous. And Singha beer is $2 for a 12-ounce bottle.

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22nd-Jun-2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
22nd-Jun-2006 06:21 pm (UTC)
Any time you feel like visiting this side of the Bay, we're more than happy to take you to one of the restaurants on the "Pirate & Lexi's favorite holes-in-the-wall" list. :-)
23rd-Jun-2006 01:05 am (UTC)
Weird. I could swear I saw this review last week, but have no idea where.

Sounds tasty, although I would have a tough time choosing which cuisine to take my meal out of.

You've tried it?
23rd-Jun-2006 03:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, you probably did — I think it was published in May.

We haven't tried it yet, but definitely want to. I'm not sure when we're going to be able to, either — spiritualmonkey will be working every night from now until Tuesday; Wednesday is our anniversary and we're thinking of going to Ichiro; and after that I'm not sure when his next day off is.

This erratic-schedule thing bites.
23rd-Jun-2006 10:54 pm (UTC)
Ooh, Ichiro, cool!

And, yes, erratic schedules bite (unless you're in control of them, of course).
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