Full steam ahead
Original post made on Jun 17, 2013
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on Jun 17, 2013 at 12:16 pm
Walking down town this weekend we chanced to walk by the restaurant pretty close to the Stanford Theater. The one that used to be Andale's, which I miss terribly, and then was a sub-par mediterranean spot ... it is now Steam.
WOW, Steam is good! Not overly-gigantic portions, not the typical restaurant fare, seasoned perfectly, not greasy, not salty, it's like they really care about the food they are making.
I am recently vegetarian, but my girlfriend still eats some meat. We sampled some dishes the first night and then went back a second time the next day it was so good.
Vegetarian dishes at most restaurants are usually an afterthought and not good. The five crops fried rice was one of the best things I've eaten - it was really good. Not your normal fried rice at all, completely new and different, but tasty and filling.
I am looking forward to trying more dishes here.
I liked that Steam has reasonable prices for Palo Alto, and fresh wholesome ingredients, because sadly it seems that most restaurants seem to view their Palo Alto addresses as a license to steal - to charge more for less, and then push that to the limit. It is very hard to find a place that cares and does a good job in Palo Alto, especially one that does not serve the same old thing.
My understanding is that Steam is an offshoot from Tai Pan ... which I find hard to believe. Tai Pan is so stingy with their portions, mediocre in their execution and atmospheric with their prices I refuse to go there anymore ... despite it being comfortable and pleasant inside.
I have to give Steam a 5/5. I hope they continue to make the effort and be reasonable in their prices, if so I am becoming a loyal regular customer.
on Jun 18, 2013 at 12:07 pm
I cannot help but wonder if the owners of Tai Pan are aware that the name of their restaurant is also the name of the world's most poisonous, and some zoologists say aggressive, snake?