September 16, 2004
The restaurant is tucked away in a small strip mall just off Crow Canyon. When you enter, you will be greeted by one of the smiling hostesses who will seat you. The restaurant is pretty. It's somewhat formal with crisp, white linen table clothes. The staff all wear black tuxedos. It's somewhat fancy, but the prices are good and we have spent many school nights here when we have an Uncle Yu's craving.
Uncle Yu's has a full bar and a great wine list. They offer many of the best wineries from Sonoma and Napa. You can get many by the glass here.
The service is friendly and efficient. They work at making this a nice dining experience.
Most of the food is Szechuan. My favorite is the Shrimp with Walnuts. They also have a great wonton stuffed with cream cheese and crabmeat. It's out of this world and I never miss a chance to order it. They also have an unusual wonton, which is goat cheese and stuffed with caramelized apples. I have no idea if this is a true Chinese dish, but it's delicious.
The best bargain is the combination dinner for two or more. It's only $15.95 per person and includes three appetizers, soup, and a choice of entree. The choices are long, but they do include some of my favorites like Mu Shu Pork and Lemon Chicken.
The menu is extensive, and they have all of your favorites on the menu. I can, in all, honesty say that I have never had a bad item at Uncle Yu's. Whatever comes out of their kitchen is delicious.
For a nice time while you are in San Ramon, pass up all the quantity over substance places and head straight to Uncle Yu's for really good Chinese food.
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