Kunjip Restaurant (Santa Clara, CA)
This place doesn’t have a large selection of items - they don’t have any tofu soups or bibimbaps - but the items that they have are mighty tasty. This here, the spicy short rib stew. Tender beef with a hard boiled egg, potatoes, carrots and broccoli in a delicious, spicy broth. So delicious. The broccoli is also especially tasty as it soaks up all the sauce.
This was too much for us to finish in one sitting, so we brought it home. And even as leftovers, it just got better and better.
They also have a wide selection of cold noodles, a dish I actually just recently was exposed to. Since we got a spicy beef stew, we got a non-spicy noodle dish. They give scissors on the side, which is definitely necessary to cut the noodles into more manageable pieces.
This came with beef, cucumber, and watermelon in a beef broth. Very light and fresh. The noodles are really elastic and chewy which I love. You can add more seasoning to taste. This was especially good as a complement to the spicy stew. Apparently if you finish, they also give you a refill for free. Since we didn’t finish, we didn’t get to take advantage of that, but I did enjoy these as leftovers too.
overall quality: 9/10
desire to return: 9.5/10
Le Garage (Sausalito, CA)
After biking across the Golden Gate (on a very foggy and cold day mind you), we could finally sit down, enter into somewhere warm, and eat lunch.
To start, some tomato soup with basil pesto. I didn’t like tomato soup much when I was younger, but I liked this one. Good texture, a bit of acidity from the tomato, slightly creamy. Nice with toasted bread.
Next, some mussels in white wine broth. The mussels were tender, and the broth was simple, but fragrant, nice and light. I like using the shells to spoon the broth.
Another dish that seems popular here, the croque monsieur, and also the croque madame, which comes with a fried egg.
This was a bit heavy for me and too much cheese (just because I don’t like cheese), but seemed neat and well made.