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Yeshari Xinjiangese Restaurant

Our neighborhood has a lot of dining options, from alleyway noodle shops to (the only) Applebees.  Beyond a really exceptional  Euro/American breakfast place, we’ve got at least one of everything.  We’re lucky.  Our current favorite spot is Yeshari.  Yeshari’s walls are covered in pictures of, and murals depicting the Northwestern province of Xinjiang.Yeshari lunchWe eat here a lot for a few reasons: the yogurt here is fuckng amazing, and made in house.  The yogurt here is in half a roasted pumpkin.  Hell fucking yes.  That noodle dish in the foreground? Noodles Xingjiang with smoky tomatoes, garlic scapes, beef and what might be just one loooooong noodle.  Around dinner time they’re making the noodles fresh too.  That dish to the upper left?  Oven roasted eggplant in a spicy, oily delicious.  On the right? Uigher Lamb Wontons and Xinjiang beef and potatoes, both so inundated with cumin and coriander they dance as you chew.  Throw in that pot of Milk Tea.  Boy are we happy we learned how to ask for the sweet (tián) kind, not the salty (xián).  Not pictured, my favorite thing about this place, and Xinjiang in general–Sinkiang Black beer, the best beer made in China I’ve had so far.

I’m partial to other dishes there that aren’t in the photo, such as the mutton puffs; girlie loves the lamb kebabs on rods of red willow.  Also awesome: we’ve yet to be punished by the promised belly dancing.  I guess we don’t eat at peak hours.

Yum.

Yeshari Xinjiang Restaurant
147 Nandan lu (near Xujiahui station)
Xujiahui, Shanghai, PRC.

Little Red Bike Cafe: Save the Cutest Thing Ever

Not too many years ago two adorable people decided to open a tiny cafe in North Portland.  I’ve eaten there many times and befriended them at least a little bit–they’re some of the few people who comment on this here blog from time to time–and I was saddened to hear a few weeks ago that their adorable cafe had sprung a leak.  A serious leak.  A “are we really sure we want to do this for a living” leak.
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Shanghai Phomission #1: Aniseed

A few weeks ago a brilliant plan was launched on twitter to search Shanghai high and low for the best Pho available. While it may seem silly for a guy like me, so fresh to the city, to search for a non-native food, but I was simply following around friends on an adventure. A fun adventure.

Our first trip was to Aniseed, a restaurant near Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s campus toward the edge of Xujiahui and Gubei. Girlie and I had ventured to Aniseed the week before and found it delightful, though no one in our party had ordered Pho.

Our first crew of tweeps was @chabuduo, @lovince, @sdweathers, @jason_sch and lil ole me. I’d continue to identify them by twitter name but I think it looks funny when I sprinkle ‘at’ signs all over otherwise easy-to-read prose.  Then again, I’ll just drop the at signs.

Chabuduo thought ahead and made up scoring sheets.  We had a grand time knocking back the TsingTao and realizing that, rather shockingly, though we all wanted to discover great pho, only one of us had actually been to Viet Nam.

On both of my visits to Aniseed, the owner was there, shepherding people through their meals with a smile and bilingual advice on the menu, though she did recommend essentially everything.

As this was our first go around, I’m not going to build big tables and run stats on the surveys, but here are the ‘overall results’:

Broth Overall: 4.75

Noodles Overall: 5.4

Chil(l)i Overall: 4.7

Service: 8.6

Though I was a rather forgiving grader that night, upon reflection I was not at all impressed with the broth, which lacked any real character to differentiate it from standard white bone beefstock, nor did I find the plate of addons–chil(l)i, basil, beansprouts and lime–of particularly compelling quality, and they didn’t give us any cilantro.

Nevertheless, with enough poking and prodding at the staff, we got enough extra herbs and chil(l)ies to make a tasty bowl of Pho, and they kept the beer flowing.  Witness:

That’s a bowl of Pho I prettied up for the camera.  I don’t expect to meet well presented pho, but it doesn’t take much work.  Here’s Chabuduo’s chil(l)i infested broth.

Thanks to Chabuduo for taking the photos and everyone for coming!

Aniseed
189 Guangyuan Xi Lu,
Xujiahui
near Yishan Bei Lu

Kissho of Tokyo: how not to eat

kissho

We’ve managed to eat at every restaurant at the city shop complex on Tianyaqiao Lu and Xingeng Lu, except the Applebees, Babydoll–a restaurant apparently geared specifically for Girls’ Night Out–and Kissho of Tokyo.

Here are some tips, from me to you, to help you learn how to avoid the landmines of surprise and dissappointment you may encounter if you choose to dine at Kissho of Tokyo.