DPD Restaurant, San Francisco
- Melanie Wong
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.
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
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?