My brother and I were visiting California and, having grown up in the New York area, the only type of cuisine we had never tried was Basque. We saw some menus and reviews of Basque restaurants in LA, but we were not convinced. Then my brother received an enthusiastic recommendation, so we decided to give it a try. From the moment we walked in the door, we were treated like family. We the restaurant filled up, we saw that this was standard procedure for the staff. Both new and familiar customers received prompt, attentive and friendly service. Our questions about the dishes on the menu were answered cheerfully and accurately. When it turned out that some of our dietary restrictions did not allow us to eat that evening's side dishes, the chef volunteered to come up with a more than satisfactory substitute that was not on that evening's menu. As for the main dishes...WOW! My brother ordered Lamb Stew (Txilindron). He found this to be the second best lamb dish he had ever eaten -- edged only by our Mother's Shepard's Pie remembered from many years ago. I ordered Roasted Garlic Chicken (Oilaskoa). Frankly, it did not read as id it was one of the more exciting offerings on the menu.But with my multiple dietary restrictions it seemed to be the safest. It turned out to be absolutely delicious, with a melt in your mouth texture I rarely find in the chicken dishes. Our waitress' wine recommendation was backed up with an invitation to taste before ordering. The wine -- from Basque country -- was a perfect complement to my dish. My brother ordered the pudding cake from the dessert menu and was not disappointed. Our experience at the Basque Restaurant was memorable.
Sano was an excellent sushi chef but unforntately he didn't stick around long enough for the his latest location to prosper. Oh well. I went there to meet a friend expecting Sano's to be there but in it's place was Takashi. So I stepped inside and there was a familiar face behind the sushi counter. His name is Ty and he was a sushi chef at Zipangu and an excellent one at that. So we sat down and gave it a shot. It was more than we had expected. Awesome sushi, nice portions, impresive selection. My immediate faves were the Angel Eyes (marinated scallops with other goodies wraped in slices of tuna) and Susan-San (spicy tuna wraped in salmon slices). They even have some hard to find items like ono, monkfish liver, spanish makerel, and mirugai on weekends. We finished off with our personal dessert which is uni. When it's really fresh, the flavor makes me close my eyes and drift away to happyland. Oooohh it did. If you miss Sano, that's nice but try Takashi. It will impress you. Even if you're not familiar with Sano, go there anyway. It's nice to take a sushi tour of your surrounding area.
The only word for this place : fantastic !!!! My family went here every weekend after church just to eat Dragon Bowl which is worth dying for. They also make the best Orange Chicken in town, the one that beats any dim sum dish that you can ever name I have to say. The thing that my brother doesn't like about this place is it's kinda far from center of Fresno and all those shopping malls where you can find food easily . There's a Walmart close to the restaurant too if i'm not mistaken and there's another Chinese restaurant on the same road I just forgot what it's called but we went there only one time and still picked this one to come back to. At least the food and their customer services are worth our drive ha ha ha... My cousin went to the high school cross the street and told me that kids come there a lot after school for some sizzling beef that's cheap but tastes good Too bad it's close at 9:30 pm i wished it could open longer hour since I get off from work at 10 and weekend is the only time for me to go there