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My 10 year old daughter & I created LadyBug Restaurant Reviews to write about the restaurants we eat at from a parent/child perspective. Our ratings are for food, service, presentation, friendly waitstaff and overall experience. We rate on a 1 - 5 ladybug scale, with 5 ladybugs being the highest score. We hope you enjoy and please feel free to comment and give suggestions!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Hangen Szechuan Restaurant!

Sophia says: Today is my brothers birthday! He is 7! We went to Hangen Szechuan. It is a Chinese Szechuan restaurant. We had steamed rice, chicken chow mein, vegetable chow mein and won ton soup. My mom and dad ordered eggplant and spicy beef.  All of our food was very good. The service was okay. Our waiter and waitress were very nice. I drank lemonade. For dessert, they gave us sesame rolls and fortune cookies. That was good too. I would definitely come back.

              134 Castro Street, Mountain View (650) 964-8881

Josh says: Today is my birthday! We went to Hangen for Chinese food. I ordered chicken chow mein and rice. Our waitress was kind of slow. The waiter was always watching me. My food tasted delicious. And I liked the dessert. The dessert was sesame rolls.

Paul says: The service was okay. Everything was fine. Nothing bad but nothing to make me want to come back either.  Josh almost lost his first tooth at the table, not because of the food but because his tooth is really loose!

Jodie says:  Hangen Szechuan is a very large and nicely decorated restaurant. I felt like the service was slow, we waited a long time after ordering and after we ate our food, we waited a long time for our plates to be removed. I ordered the garlic eggplant  and I thought that was the best dish out of everything we had.

Food: **1/2
Service: **1/2
Atmosphere: ***
2 1/2 Ladybugs!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Sophia says:   Today is my Dad's birthday! We went to Xahn. It is a Vietnamese and Asian fusion restaurant. There was this rock wall that had water pouring down on it and it was really cool! I ordered  peach juice that was really yummy to drink, and Lucky Egg Noodles. The restaurant is really pretty, and our waitress was so nice! We didn't have to stack any plates which was really good and they kept filling our water glasses. The service was excellent.  If you are vegetarian you can go there because they also have vegetarian food. For dessert we surprised my dad by getting him chocolate pyramid cake and it was really good! I would definitely come back.

       110 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041 (650) 964-1888
                                                 waterfall wall!


Josh says: Today was my dad's birthday and we went to Xahn. I liked the noodles and my mango juice. The service was pretty fast! My food tasted really good. We got my dad a birthday cake and it tasted like chocolate ice cream. I would come back tomorrow! 

Paul says: We went here for my birthday dinner and the bar was very busy and noisy but fun. We sat near the bar so it was noisy while we ate but the food and service more than made up for it. I had brown rice, string beans with spicy sauce and chicken satay. Everything was delicious.  

Jodie says:  I had been to Xahn for my niece's high school graduation dinner 2 years ago. The decor is very contemporary and they have a huge lounge area in the front. Their food is fantastic. I ordered their tuna tartare which is served in a little bowl on top of a vase filled with dry ice - it's an amazing presentation.  The only drawback was the noise level because we were seated in the room closest to the lounge.  The service  was excellent  and we had a great night out!

Food: ****1/2
Service: *****
Atmosphere: ****
Overall:  4 1/2 Ladybugs!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Napoletana Pizzeria!

Sophia says: Hi Readers! Tonight is a different kind of review. We went to Napoletana Pizzeria but we had to order take out because it was so busy and it would take too long to wait. When we walked in every table was filled. It's a pretty small and cute restaurant. Then we asked how long it would be and our waitress said pretty long.  We looked at the tables and nobody was ready to leave. We ordered prosciutto pizza to go. When we got home we ate it and it was really good. The waitresses were really nice and super busy. I want to come back,eat there and review the service.

                 1910 El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 650-969-4884

Josh says: Tonight our review is a little different. It took an hour to get our pizza. The restaurant was little and there were so many people in it that we could not sit at any of the tables because they were full. We got to watch the guy flip the pizza. It was cool that he did that! We took our pizza home and ate it. And the pizza was so good. I did not like the mushrooms and I did not like the salad so I took that off. And I definitely want to come back there.

Jodie says: We had a reader request from Nancy to review Napoletana Pizzeria. I had never heard of it and was curious to see what it was like. We went at 6:00pm on Friday night and it was completely full. Its a very a small and charming restaurant. We would have waited to eat but it looked like everyone had just sat down and no one was ready to leave so we ordered our pizza to go.  While we waited 4 more couples came in and everyone was turned away. We got to see the chef create all the pizzas from scratch and it was amazing to see the process and watching them cook in the wood burning pizza oven. They had 2 waitresses who were extremely busy but also extremely friendly. Our pizza was fantastic and I would love to come back and eat in the restaurant.

Food: ****
Service: 40 minutes for take out
Atmosphere: ***1/2
Overall: 4 Ladybugs!

Sunday, January 1, 2012


Sophia says: Happy New Year Readers! Tonight we went to Shabuway. It is a Japanese restaurant but not a sushi restaurant.  It is different because you cook your food at the table in a pot of hot broth. First, the chef brings you raw meat and the waitresses bring you vegetables and noodles and they are all raw. You have to cook your food in a pot on the stove in the middle of your table! It's very fun! The service was good when they brought the raw stuff, but we cooked the food ourselves. When we got there, there were people waiting outside for it to open. We were one of the first ones inside and it got so crowded, a lot of people had to wait. I would definitely come back because its a really good restaurant and the food that we cooked ourselves tasted really good.  Also the meat turned out really tender and melted in your mouth. It took about 20 seconds to cook and then it was done. For dessert I had mango mocchi ice cream and it was really good too.

                       180 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041 (650) 961-8880

 Traditional seaweed broth on the left and spicy miso broth on the right.


Josh says: Happy New Year Readers! The restaurant was awesome! I got to cook my own food and my mom helped me cook my food. And I ate rice and meat and salad but I didn't like the salad. But I liked the rice. The service was okay, and they were very busy. And thanks for reading our blog!

Paul says: Love Shabuway! First you pick your sauce, then your pick your kind of Kobe beef or lamb, then you cook it in the boiling pot of brothy sauce and presto! can you say delicious? I mean wowee! Seriously good! The service was decent, we had to ask for things twice a couple of times but then again the place was packed. In fact, there was a line of people waiting to get in. Would I go again? Oh yeah, soon too.

Jodie says: Eating at Shabuway was a really fun way to start the new year! We are lucky to live in an area where there are many great restaurants to choose from, and Shabuway was packed with a line of people waiting to get in. I can see why, it's a lot of fun to cook your own food at the table, and everything tasted delicious. The service could have been better but all of the servers were really busy. I would love to come back.


Food: ****1/2
Service: **1/2
Atmosphere: ***
3 1/2 Ladybugs!