Ginger Cafe398 W. El Camino Real, #114,
As part of V's LARP, we decided to try out another local restaurant at the busy intersection of Mathilda and El Camino. Ginger Cafe' identifies itself a "Asia Pacific Rim Chinese cuisine" restaurant. For some reason, I imagined it to be a Thai restaurant. Also, though unassuming from the outside, it is copious inside and nicely decorated.
On a Friday evening at 7 pm, the restaurant was very sparsely populated. Our friends, J & S joined us and we were seated at a booth near the window from where we could see the rain coming down incessantly. We were happy for this since the dry weather in January had worried us.
The menu is quite elaborate and they have a vegetarian section. Our friends J & S decided to go separately from us and order non-vegetarian dishes. V and I started off with the steamed veggie dumplings from the Dim Sum menu. The dumplings turned out to be too sticky and we had quite a time separating the paper from the bottom of the dumpling and finally gave up with the last one! Must say it tasted pretty good though.
For the main course, V was his predictable self and ordered Kung Pao Vegetarian Chicken with a side of extra peanuts. The Kung Pao was excellent, probably the best I have tasted in this area. V liked it quite a bit too and thought it was less oily than elsewhere.
I ordered the Thai Curry Vegetarian Duck which was mouth-smackingly delicious. Truly. We took some leftovers back home and had it the next day.
Service was attentive, and we will definitely be back here. Ginger Cafe seems to have a very good lunch menu too at reasonable prices. The bill came to $30 with tax & tips. Not cheap eats, but not bad either.