Japanese plate – DADS Kamayan Saisaki

Japanese plate - DADS Kamayan Saisaki
California roll, gyoza, salmon croquette, shrimp tempura, eggplant tempura, sweet potato tempura. Buffet
DADS Kamayan Saisaki, Manila PHILIPPINES

I wasn’t all that hungry after the Filipino plate, but I figured it was a buffet and I should eat my money’s worth (stupid American mentality!). Lol! The items on this plate weren’t as satisfying though. Tempura is not the best item to choose in a buffet because the batter gets either really soggy or rock hard after sitting out for a while. Maybe the Japanese section isn’t as popular in this restaurant because everything tasted a little dry and old to me. 😦

Miso soup - DADS Kamayan Saisaki
Miso soup.

Intramuros
Exploring the Intramuros.

Nola frites – Nola

Nola frites - Nola
Crispy fried russet and sweet potatoes, fried okra, zucchini sticks, cool ranch, spicy ketchup, bbq sauce. Happy hour $6
Nola, Palo Alto CA

When we saw that this was only six bucks on the menu, we assumed that it was gonna be a small sampler plate. OMG, this bowl was packed with food! I think my heart is constricting just remembering it. I was actually surprised at how well everything was fried though. Nothing was really greasy or limp, and everything tasted pretty good! Well done, Nola.

Lindley's varied lupine
Lindley’s varied lupine (Lupinus variicolor, Fabaceae), Pigeon Point.

Baked venison puff and sweet potato mushroom mei-si roll – Yauatcha

Baked venison puff and sweet potato mushroom mei-si roll - Yauatcha
Baked bun filled with venision. Deep fried sweet potato and mushroom covered in fine noodles. A Taste of Yauatcha menu £28.88 for 2 people
Yauatcha, London ENGLAND

This was probably our best London meal during this visit. We were on a tight budget so we didn’t go to any fancy restaurants this time around, but Yauatcha had a really good pre fixe for 2 people. It was a great way to taste a variety of their dim sum items without breaking the bank.

We received these two items first, and they were probably our favorites of the meal. The baked venison puff was SO delicious. The outer crust was warm and buttery, and the venison filling was so flavorful. The mei si roll was really fun to eat because of its crispy fried noodle shell. The sweet potato and mushroom filling was super tasty and I would have never thought to combine those two ingredients. NOMS!

Dipping sauces and pickled cucumbers - Yauatcha
Dipping sauces and pickled cucumbers. Complimentary

Elizabeth Tower with Big Ben

The Elizabeth Tower with Big Ben.

Fried chicken – Eureka Restaurant and Lounge

Fried chicken - Eureka Restaurant and Lounge
With garlic mashed potatoes, collard greens, sweet potato-black eyed pea relish, and black pepper gravy. $18
Eureka Restaurant & Lounge, San Francisco CA

Fried chicken - Eureka Restaurant and Lounge
Mmm, this was pretty tasty. The fried chicken was crispy on the outside and nice and juicy on the inside. I think the sweet potato relish wasn’t needed with the garlic mashed potatoes but I appreciated the different textures. I’m also glad that they served the gravy on the side because I would have eaten it all otherwise.

Bread and butter - Eureka Restaurant and Lounge
Bread and butter. Complimentary

Japanese omelet “tomago” – Chambers Eat + Drink

Japanese omelet tomago - Chambers Eat + Drink
House smoked chorizo, sweet potato, cana de oveja, scallions. $12
Chambers Eat and Drink, San Francisco CA

The individual components of this plates were great, but it wasn’t cohesive. The fried cana de oveja cheese was my favorite part of this dish, I just wish everything had come together successfully.

Young Banksia spikes
Young Banksia spikes (Proteaceae), West Field Road.