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‘Great way to try everything’: Asian restaurant Take Eat Easy moves to Eshleman Hall | Student Life

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The takeout restaurant Take Easy Eat now offers a greater menu selection of dishes from Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong since moving from Sather Lane to Eshleman Hall this month. 

Owner Ernest Ip noted the restaurant first opened in Sather Lane four years ago. He explained that transferring to an on campus building would give more students the opportunity to try the food, as well as allow the restaurant to expand its business hours and menu variety. 

The restaurant’s most popular drink is the Hong Kong signature milk tea, Ip said, while top dishes include roasted duck, barbecue pork and Singapore chicken rice. 

“I provide many comfort foods, not only for the Asian students, but covered people of different ethnic backgrounds, with healthy and affordable food, they can consume on a daily basis!” Ip said in an email. 

Since moving to Eshleman Hall, Ip described seeing an increase in business, with more than 50 customers stopping in every day. He said he aims to provide customers with the best service by connecting with them on a personal level. 

Sophomore Karishma Goswami said she always saw the business while passing through Sather Lane, yet never had the opportunity to try the food.However, Goswami said she plans to try the roasted duck or Singapore chicken plates because she works close by at the ASUC Student Legal Clinic, located on the third floor of Eshleman Hall.

Goswami explained that students who work in Eshleman Hall often have to rush to get food during their office hours, so she noted the convenience and accessibility of having Take Eat Easy within the building. 

She added that while there are other restaurants that serve Asian cuisine in the area, she believes having a place located on campus will allow more students to try the cuisine. 

“There’s a pretty substantial Asian student population at Berkeley, so having more Asian food and selection is a good thing,” Goswami said. “This gives people the opportunity to eat the food people might be missing from back home or other parts of the Bay.”

Megan Mateo, a senior at San Francisco State University who regularly visits Berkeley for work, said she has been looking for an Asian restaurant in the area that reminds her of her family’s cooking. After trying the unagi don, she said Take Eat Easy is a “great” local option.

Mateo said she hopes to try the Hong Kong milk tea and assortment of dim sum including siu mai now that she knows about the restaurant. 

She noted the benefits of the wide variety of Asian cuisines offered by Take Eat Easy, which allows students to try cuisines they may not have had the opportunity to taste. 

“People who haven’t tried this type of cuisine should come out and try to narrow down which is their favorite and narrow down which dishes they do like since a lot of people haven’t tried most of this food,” Mateo said. “This restaurant seems like a great way to try everything.”

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