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Jul 20, 2001 03:52 AM

DPD Restaurant, San Francisco

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It's been a few years since I've tried DPD (901 Kearny St. @ Jackson, SF, 415.982.0471). Tonight it was still open at 10:25pm with a parking space right in front, so I grabbed the opportunity to coast in for a take-out order.

None of the three staff (including the chef) still around spoke any English, but they let me know that one of their waitresses does for the next time I come back. Not strictly Shanghainese anymore, the menu has broadened to include the usual generic Chinese suspects but still has a section of Shanghai specialties plus a new set of Shan Dung (Shandong) dumplings and noodle dishes.

I had the "Shanghai Special Noodles", $4.25, which were thick chewy noodles glazed bronze with wok flavor and tossed with a few shreds of pork and fresh spinach. Toothsome and satisfying for a late night dinner while watching the news.

Hours are M-Th 11am - 10:30pm, F-Sa Noon to Midnight, and closed Sunday.

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  1. Wasn't that originally a Hong Kong style restaurant? I remember going there 20 years ago when it was called H.K. DPD and having some great Hong Kong style noodles. I'm not sure when they dropped the H.K. from the name and changed the cuisine.

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    1. re: Chandavkl

      Hmm, don't know. I tried it the first time about 10 years ago, and it was strictly Shanghai then. About a year later Michael Bauer gave it the thumbs up, but it was never as popular as House of Nanking a few doors down. I tried to inquire about whether there had been a change of ownership, as the place was closed and re-opened with new paint about a year ago, but couldn't get past the language barrier. Prices have stayed really low, so maybe not.

      Just realized that when I was longing to have a facsimile of Hangzhou/Eastern China style food, it didn't occur to me to stop at HoN. That's because they no longer serve Nanjing specialties, unlike when it first opened. Strictly a tourist trap now.

      Anyway, just got this e-mail from my sister who works in the Financial District today -

      " On my way back from a duck/bok tong go run, stopped at DPD to try the
      Shanghai Special Noodles. I was 1 of 5 diners there, 3 of whom were
      eating them -- glad I caught your posting b/4 I left the office (slow
      Friday, Boho encampment, etc.); was in, ordered, ate, smiled at the cook,
      & out in 20 minutes!

      The 4th person ordered the General's chicken over rice; he kept talking
      about how good it smelled & how big the portion seemed. He never started
      eating while I was there b/c it was so thermally hot & steamy.

      The 5th person had tong mein w/ shrimp& broccoli -- another huge bowl.

      Sorry I didn't notice the prices,but was in a hurry & didn't read the
      full menu."

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        I have been several times recently and had no problem speaking english with several staff!

        I also remember eating here long b4 Nanking opened and it was shanghi dumplings and noodles.

        1. re: Anne

          I'm sure the lateness of the hour had something to do with no English-speakers being on hand. Enough to take an order, not have a conversation. I'll mention that everyone as very nice about it. Profuse apologies from them and from me on lack of language skills.

          What dishes do you like here?