.

Uncle Yu's at the Vineyard in Livermore

A Szechuan restaurant full of choices.

Each time I go to  Szechuan restaurant in Livermore for lunch I find myself having an internal struggle. I always order the stir fried filets of salmon with sugar snap peas, which is just unbelievably good. As I relish every bite, my brain tells me that I should share a bit of salmon with my companion. In the meantime, my stomach tells me that I absolutely cannot afford to give up one bite of this delicious, delicate, tender salmon. The stomach wins every time. I end up leaving stuffed and happy yet with a small taste of guilt in my mouth for being so greedy.

I have had the chance to try some of the other dishes at Uncle Yu's and I can tell you that each time everything really is quite lovely. Every dish boasts fresh, vibrant flavors. The restaurant has great ambiance and a sommelier so it is fair to pay a little more.

For lunch, 11a.m. to 4 p.m., there are specials that range from $9 for entrees like sweet and sour pork to $12 for my salmon dish. Each entree comes with hot and sour soup, vegetables and a choice of white or brown rice, pork fried rice or vegetable chow mein.

You also can partake in a banquet-style luncheon for parties of six or more that cost $15 or $20 per person, depending on whether you choose the Livermore Feast or Vineyard Indulgence, which each have eight or more dishes. For dinner there are three banquet choices for $25, $40 or $50. 

There are starters, soups and two salad choices as Uncle Yu's at the Vineyard but you can easily fill up on its family-style lunch/dinner menu. Meat dishes cost $12 for lemon chicken, for example, and $16 for Peking baby back ribs. Seafood items include honey glazed calamari for $14 to $24 for baby lobster tail. Noodle dishes include beef chow fun, Singapore noodles or pad thai for $10.

A special night out I would love to try is the Chef and Sommelier Tasting Menus. This is a three-course tasting menu that includes an appetizer, entree and dessert for $30 per person, plus $20 per wine flight for 3-ounce pours. There also is a six-course tasting menu that includes two appetizers, three entrees and dessert for $45 per person, plus $45 per flight of 2-ounce pours. A minimum of two diners is required.  

Uncle Yu's has a bar area where you can enjoy a cocktail or beer if you are not a wine connoisseur. 

And it's enjoyable to have your meal in their patio area near the fountains downtown.

Uncle Yu's at the Vineyard, 39 South Livermore Ave., Livermore. 925-449-7000; Sun - Thurs 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.; Fri and Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Thomas Petty August 04, 2011 at 07:42 PM
Having eaten at the San Ramon location too many times to count when I worked in San Ramon, I was thrilled that they opened in Livermore now that I work here. My absolute must-have favorite is their spicy crispy chefs prawns, and I get them every time.

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »