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Yes, yet another Dim Sum post!

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  • Brandon nelson Apr 23, 2001 12:56 AM
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As if this board needed more dim sum discussion! Tanya, her father, and I spent a lovely Saturday morning at the farmers market on the Embarcadero this Saturday morning. After that we trekked over to the Richmond to pick up a few final notions. At this point we were very ready for lunch. We decided we would try a dim sum place that we hadn't tryed yet. The Chinese Harvest Restaraunt(1829 Clement) got the nod.

This isn't for someone who wants the often debated "cart" experiance. We ordered of the menu (they have a seperate dim sum menu, so ask for it!) This may not be the traditional method of service, but the end justified the means. There will be no complaints about cold tough dumplings. The shrimp dumplings were piping hot and perfectly cooked. The savory puff patry with ham was super. A crispy exterior giving way to tender pastry and rich ham. The star was the braised beef in sesame puff bread. I'm not a great fan of most Asian desserts, but I managed to finish my portion of taro pudding with date puree.

This place is not somewhere to go for the "traditional" dim sum brunch. If you will feel cheated by the lack of carts or trays to select you little treasues off of, don't go. If you are searching for tasty meal, served fresh and hot, give it a go.


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  1. Here's link to my recent lunch here - just missed you again!

    Did you have any trouble communicating with your server?

    Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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    1. re: Melanie Wong
      Brandon nelson

      Hi Mel!

      Communication? 2 words, sign language. This isn't the first time that I have had major communication problems at a restaraunt in the Richmond, so I failed to mention it. I was in the restroom when the order was placed, so I missed the most entertaining exchanges I'm sure.


      1. re: Brandon nelson

        Pointing at food at surrounding tables also works. (g)

        One of my companions had a slip of paper with the Chinese characters for the vegetable dish with tofu shreds in his wallet. The waitress really perked to that.

        1. re: Melanie Wong
          Brandon nelson

          How Cool

          God I may lose my "Ugly American" card for this, but heaven forbid any of us "barbarians" from ever learning to order a few things in Chinese. I'll bet she perked up, that must have been very refreshing for her! Many smiles to your companion! :):):):):):):):):)


          1. re: Brandon nelson

            I actually know a couple of Americans who speak Mandarin, but never had the chance to eat with them at a Chinese place. I bet that a "barbarian" ordering in Chinese is a more common scenario than what most would expect.