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Re: “Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!

An excellent place to enjoy tapas. The outdoor dining area is a must. Prices are reasonable. My favorites are the spicy chicken wings, chicken stuffed w/ goat cheese, and goat cheese marinara. The paella is also very good (but expensive). White wine sangria is fruity and light. Waits are very short during the week but tend to be much longer on weekends. I always have a good time when I dine here.

Posted by Sandy Yuen on 05/02/2001 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Hanabi

Having read Readers' reviews I was quite excited to try this particular restaurant. The service was good as they greet you as you enter and leave, but the food was mediocre at best. The tempura was way too fried and bland. The sushi was cheaper than at most Japanese restaurants but I guess you get what you pay for. The rolls looked haphazardly thrown together. The udon noodles had a strange texture - perhaps it needed to be boiled a bit longer. A person in our party had the chicken teriyaki dinner and remarked that the chicken tasted like plastic. The rest of our party was disappointed as well. The room is very small - two 4-person tables, two 2-person tables, and the sushi bar, which seats about 7-8. The sushi chefs greet you as you walk in and as you leave, so that was a nice touch.

Posted by Sandy Yuen on 04/23/2001 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Cheesecake Factory

The Cheesecake Factory is a restaurant I would go to every once in awhile but not regularly. The decor is nice and there is ample seating; however, the wait can be long and the bill high. The portions are huge - enough for two meals sometimes - and that, I think, is really what you're paying for. It's not really expensive if you think of it that way. The fried calamari is pretty good and is the pot stickers (surprisingly). The thai chicken pasta is probably my favorite entree there. Desserts are always huge enough for several to share. Service needs improvement though. Overall, it is an okay restaurant. I've been to better ones but there are also many worse.

Posted by Sandy Yuen on 04/16/2001 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Akai Hana

The sushi was very good and very fresh. A special runs Monday through Thursday where you can order 8 pieces of sushi for $12 (only nigiri and only those under $4). There didn't seem to be many special rolls available though. The combination dinners are huge and priced around $14-$17. The dining area is rather roomy for a Japanese restaurant, but the best seats are at the sushi bar. Service is adequate and efficient. Overall, it's a restaurant worth trying and returning to from time to time.

Posted by Sandy Yuen on 04/11/2001 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Matsuya

This is one of my favorite restaurants in terms of food and value. Decent selection of food. The combination dinners are very reasonably priced (under $10) compared to other Japanese restaurants. Craving something "light," I ordered the Udon noodles with tempura, but was still stuffed at the end of the meal. Try the Denver roll (salmon, eel, shrimp tempura, avocado) - delicious. The Mexican roll is also quite good. The restaurant is separated into two dining areas - one side with tables and booths, while the other has tables only and the sushi bar. The wait can be long on weekends for dinner and finding parking is difficult (Wrigleyville), but that doesn't stop me from coming again and again.

Posted by Sandy on 04/03/2001 at 4:03 PM

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