One of my favorite pizza place, Pizza Antica on Santana Row. This place is always pack, always busy, always have to wait and no reservation. I was here on a weekend with a friend from out of town. We had to wait about 30mins.

We ordered a Kale Salad, the waiter was nice to split the salad for us.

Kale Salad

Clams in tomato wine sauce – perfect with bread!!

Clams in tomato wine sauce

Potato & Ricotta Gnocchi – big fluffy gnocchi in a pesto sun-dried tomato sauce, it was good, but kind of heavy to my liking.

Potato & Ricotta Gnocchi

Lastly, of course we had to order pizza – Fennel Sausage, mushrooms and onion.
The pizza is like a personal size, but can be share with 2 person. Love the good thin crispy crust and chewy dough.

Fennel Sausage, mushrooms and onion

Busy place

Bar area



One of my favorite restaurant for porridge and rice noodle wrapped Chinese donut. There is always a wait, but not terribly bad.

Salty pork bone porridge 咸豬骨粥 – mildly salty pork meat, perfect with the smooth porridge.

Salty pork bone porridge 咸豬骨粥

Rice Noodle wrapped Chinese Donut / Ja Leung 炸兩 – one of my favorite in the bay area, crispy Chinese donut and thin rice noodle … love the sesame and hoisin sauce!

Rice Noodle wrapped Chinese Donut / Ja Leung 炸兩

Beef Brisket Tossed Noodle 牛腩撈麵 – the beef brisket were very soft and tender, egg noodle were crunchy, love it. The soup on the side is for you to toss the noodle if the noodle becomes too dry.

Beef Brisket Tossed Noodle 牛腩撈麵

I do come here once a while for my porridge and noodle craving fix.


I really love this place: you order from the iPad, even water. No Tipping policy, you don’t have to worry about calculating the tips at end of the meal. Service was good, love the food too!

Teishoku 定食- literally means “meal set”, a type of Japanese meal set serve with all dishes together (with soup, side or salad). Presentation is nice and clean!

Order from iPad

Mix Toji Teishoku – pork cutlet, fried shrimp, sukiyaki beef cooked in Japanese sauce and egg. Served with pickled veggie and tofu, paid $2 extra with clams miso soup … so much clams!

Mix Toji Teishoku

Add $2 to get clams miso soup (original is plain miso soup)

Nasu Miso & Saba Teishoku – Eggplant, pork belly and veggies cook in miso sauce, grilled mackerel served with pickled veggie, spinach, and clams miso soup.

Nasu Miso & Saba Teishoku


Yayoi – Palo Alto, CA

I love this place.

SUMIYA YAKITORI 燒烤居酒屋 (Japanese Charcoal Grill) – SANTA CLARA, CA (BAY AREA)

Always love Sumiya, it’s probably one of the best yakitori place in the bay area. It was super busy on weekends, we had to wait 30mins to be seated at the counter area, which was fine.

We always get the combo and some extra skewers, never failed us.

Combo Yakitori + Kalbi Don with Soft Boil Egg – Kalbi was very soft and tender, the soft boil was perfect! Just yummy!

Combo Yakitori + Kalbi Don with Soft Boil Egg

Perfect Soft Boil Egg

Soup and Salad

I don’t remember each names of the skewers we ordered, they were all great!

Assorted extra skewers we ordered

They are busy on weekends!

Busy weekends


Visited this dessert place a while back. The color theme and desserts are very similar to a Hong Kong base dessert shop.

Desserts and snacks were pretty good.

Mango Pancake – mango was pretty good, a little too much cream for me … but overall, taste okay.

Mango Pancake

HK Style Fish Ball – these little fish balls were the best snack of the night. The sauce was very flavorful and it has a kick to it.

HK Style Fish Ball

Chicken Wings – I don’t really remember what these taste like, just some light buffalo wings.

Chicken Wings

Mango Sago – also ordered the Mango Sago … so little mango, wish there was more … taste okay.

Mango Sago

Even the logo looks like a dessert brand in HK 😛