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The Table, San Jose, CA

It is hard to dislike The Table. Equipped with chic decor, lively ambiance, impressive drinks menu and enthusiastic servers, it offers almost everything you can ask of for a decent gastropub. Almost.

I couldn’t help to feel the quality of the food is missing the mark for this price tag and caliber. The menu was semi interesting but some of the idea didn’t execute quite well. The squid appetizer was too charred and tasted bitter. A chunk of cream cheese on a plate of melon salad just seemed out of place. Entrees were better. Both the cod and beef cheek were cooked to perfect temperature with wonderful texture. The sides vegetables on the plates could use a bit more creativity. The most memorable things were probably the drinks and the donut hole dessert. Wine selection is great. They have a lot of moderately priced ones on glass for those who are not looking to splurge. The bartenders did a great job dishing out some seductive looking cocktails too.

Fans of gastropubs will still love The Table. There are simply very few choices in peninsula and south bay for this kind of eateries. The food just need to be better. For now, I will say it is overpriced.

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Jade Cathay, San Jose, CA

Food is still good after a few repeat visit. I think this is officially my favorite Cantonese restaurant in South Bay.

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The Counter, San Jose, CA

It is near impossible to dislike The Counter. You get to fully customize your burger to your liking - type of meat, patty thickness, choice of cheese, sauce, toppings and bread - the combination is endless. If the toppings and sauce didn’t go well together, you are the one responsible. My only complaint is that the custom burger is pretty darn huge even if you choose just  a 1/3 lb patty. It is difficult to eat without cutting or deconstructing it. I wish there is an option to make a smaller version. I like having it on a salad bowl with buns on the side but that just didn’t feel like having a real burger.

They are usually pretty good at cooking the patty to the requested doneness. No dry overcooked burgers here! The meat is of fairly good quality. Omnivores could rejoice. The burgers are not cheap. I guess you can consider them ‘gourmet’ burgers.

Sweet potato fries and Parmesan fries appetizers are really just alright. I certainly had better ones elsewhere. Just skip those and save room for more meat.

The create your own drink is a brilliant idea. I had a lot of fun making my own martini. Wish they have more choices though.

Service is good. I love how efficient and upbeat the wait staff were. It is a fun get together place.

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Sushi Kan, San Jose, CA

Was Sushi Zen and now Sushi Kan. Since I had never dined at Sushi Zen before, I cannot tell if they just had a simple name change or is really under new management. Either way, a fresh start is never a bad idea.

This restaurant has a really thick menu. One might be easily overwhelmed by pages and pages of appetizers, entrees, bento combinations, nigiri, sashimi and special rolls. Let’s not forget about the special items on the whiteboard as well.

I was not in the mood for designer rolls and also not quite ready to splurge on fancier fish at a first encounter. A simple middle of the road nigiri combo seemed like a good idea - Gourmet Nigiri - 18 pieces chef’s choice. Not quite sure what to expect but I was happy with the chef’s selection. The platter included 6 different kinds of fish - tai, maguro, sake, toro, hamachi and shimaji. All nigiri were nicely prepared. Sushi rice tasted good. The fish was fresh and of nice quality. Having duplicate pieces make it easier to share too. The Sea Bass Kasuzuke entree was also quite good. The buttery Chilean sea bass was just lightly seasoned but tasty. It was nice having some fresh fruits served on the side too.

Food was not exactly cheap here but I was happy with the quality. Sushi Zen is definitely worthy of a revisit.

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Native guarding the grounds at Winchester Mansion. 

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Native guarding the grounds at Winchester Mansion. 

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Summer Night, San Jose, CA

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Summer Night, San Jose, CA

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