Really great Malaysian and Indonesian food is hard to come by here; I had read a bit about Borneo Kalimantan on Eater’s SGV list earlier and thought it could be interesting.
SF has pretty good coverage in terms of food from east and south Asia, but sometimes the depth, quality, and distribution of the options isn’t ideal. For example, there are tons of great Taiwanese restaurants - if you want to drive the 40 miles from SF to Cupertino. If you don’t want to do that then you’ll have to settle for something merely decent rather than great. Similarly, we have plenty of Vietnamese restaurants but in SF itself they tend to skew more Chinese-Vietnamese, since much of SF’s original immigrant community from Vietnam was ethnically Chinese (in San Jose, the composition of the Vietnamese community is very different, and the Vietnamese cuisine more diverse). We have much less regionally specialized Mexican food, much less Persian food in general, and virtually zero places making Armenian food, so I would be totally willing to try a great example of any of those if there was one within an easy drive! But from what I gather the SGV is the wrong part of southern California for these.
What I have heard (which could be wrong) is that SF has more and better Burmese restaurants than southern California, but the SGV outclasses us in Chinese food, especially non-Cantonese cooking. There are also a fair number of solid Laotian restaurants here, especially in the East Bay. But if there is a really outstanding Cantonese or Lao or Burmese place I shouldn’t miss, by all means recommend it!
So, apologies if all of this ended up being super vague, but my bottom line is that if it’s 1) great and 2) not too much of a schlep from Pasadena, I’m down to try it irrespective of what the cuisine is - though if it’s one that’s 3) hard to find outside Southern California, that would be extra awesome!