Thursday, June 9, 2011

China Max

When traveling with family, I am almost sure to have at least one, if not more meals at a Chinese restaurant. My visit to San Diego was no exception. While I wasn’t too particularly impressed with the Chinese food in the area (limited is an understatement), China Max actually made a well deserved dent into my appetite.

With an array of Cantonese style traditional dishes supplemented by a few additions, the food was generally authentic if a bit on the more expensive side (compared to LA and SF at least).

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Crab Meat w/ Fishmaw Soup – Generous amounts of Meat without being too salty

Peking Duck w/ Hoisin Sauce and Bun – A slight variation on the original with cucumber slices

Sautéed Stuffed Cruller with Shrimp and Asparagus – Like a deep fried shrimp dumpling

Fried Tofu with Chinese Broccoli

Fresh Lobster cooked with Scallions and Ginger

Spinach leaves sautéed with minced Garlic

If you end up in San Diego and must have Chinese food, China Max is the go to place for authentic Cantonese style cuisine. All the dishes were well prepared, delicious, and fresh. The spinach leaves were nice and tender, while the lobster meat was succulent and flavorful.  The food is, in comparison to other Chinese restaurants, on the more expensive side.  If you’re looking for cheaper eats and have the time, head up to LA for more options.

China Max
4698 Convoy St
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 650-3333
http://www.chinamaxsandiego.com

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Yakitori Yakyudori

I’ve finally had a chance to go nibbling away in San Diego while I’m enjoying some family time! While the realities of being an uncle kick in (e.g. going out for food with a couple infants in tow is nearly impossible), thank goodness for take out!

I had the opportunity to pick up some food from one of my favorite Yakitori joints in San Diego, Yakitori Yakyudori.

Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug A plateful of grilled deliciousness: (Salted Wings, Chicken Liver, Chicken thigh, Beef Tongue, Roasted Garlic, Chicken Gizard)

More tasty goodness: (Beef, Chicken Thigh, Chicken Gizard, Chicken Hearts, Octopus Legs, Pork Belly)

You take one whiff of the smells in the restaurant and your carnivore impulses take over. All of the meats are well seasoned and cooked. The salted Chicken wings are especially my favorite. The lightly salted wings are grilled to perfection. If you're not a fan of tendons and organs, it's time to become a convert. And the gizard was crunchy, yet soft and loaded with flavor. Given the chance, you definitely want to dine at the restaurant since the food tastes best straight off the grill.

Yakitori Yakyudori
3739 6th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 692-4189
http://www.yakyudori.us/