Cheap Eats: Formosa Café
Check out the lunch and dinner specials at Formosa Café.
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Running two restaurants in Florida taught Robert and Amy Fung a thing or two about the food business, but it’s the cuisine of their homeland, Taiwan, that inspires their new café in Pleasanton.
Pick from an array of appetizers, such as hot-and-sour soup ($1.75), dumplings, fried chicken wings, and salt-and-pepper calamari (all $4). Entrées include mu shu pork (served with four pancakes for $8.50); ginger-and-scallion lamb ($12); and our favorite, the cashew chicken, which includes a delicious, simple mix of cashews, baby corn, and soybeans with brown sauce ($8.50).
House specialty for two: The Seven Stars Around the Moon special ($28) will fill you up with a combo including scallops, lobster, roast pork, shrimp, beef, and seasonal vegetables.
Deal Time: Mine the specials menu for discounts at lunch (11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.) and dinner (4:30–9 p.m.), as well as lunch specials on sushi rolls.
Asian Medley: Formosa also offers tastes of Japanese (sushi and edamame), Thai (sour shrimp soup and Thai curry), and Korean (bulgogi barbecue and kimchi) cuisines. —Janet Li
Formosa Café, 3550 Stanley Blvd., Ste. 3, Pleasanton, (925) 600-0886, formosacafe.net. Lunch Tues.–Fri. and Sun., dinner Tues.–Sun.