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garçon Jul 22, 2001 11:37 PM

I've been to the Jade Villa in Oakland, the East Ocean in Emeryville. How are Peony in the mall and Tin's Tea House?

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    gordon wing Jul 22, 2001 11:59 PM

    consider trying Pacific East Ocean in the Ranch 99 Mall.
    I enjoyed the dim sum there - no carts, though, if you're a fan of them. There have been some less than great experiences posted about Peony in recent postings.

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    1. re: gordon wing
      Ruth Lafler Jul 23, 2001 01:26 AM

      I had dim sum for lunch today in Alameda, at a place called East Ocean on Webster St.

      I'd only been there a couple of times on a weekday, when they have the little check-off menus. But on the weekends they do a combination of cart and tray service (trays for the items that are on plates without steamers, which seems reasonable).

      They don't have the wide variety of the other places (although thanks to the influence of chowhound, I tried the chicken feet), but the quality is pretty good. The fact that it's smaller, less crowded and less chaotic than the major dim sum palaces is a plus (although it was pretty full at 2:00, and there may have been a wait earlier). I'd say it's a nice neighborhood place, rather than a destination.

      I keep meaning to try them for dinner ... they specialize in seafood and have live shrimp, lobster and fish in tanks.

      1. re: Ruth Lafler
        Melanie Wong Jul 23, 2001 04:32 AM

        Do you know if the Alameda restaurant is related to East Ocean in Emeryville? The Emeryville restaurant used to be very good, but there have been several downhill alerts on this board. Really a shame, as the restaurants in the chain in Hong Kong are very good, as is the Vancouver, BC location.

        1. re: Melanie Wong
          Ruth Lafler Jul 23, 2001 11:09 AM

          I don't know, but somehow I doubt it. It's really a fairly modest neighborhood place. I don't remember seeing anything that would indicate that it was part of a chain on the menu, either.

          I haven't been to the East Ocean in Emeryville in years ... since it was fairly new. There was also a place in lower Broadway in Oakland that served dim sum that I think was also called East Ocean (or maybe Hong Kong East Ocean). I used to go there in the early '90s with my sister, who was introduced to it by her Taiwanese roommate, whose favorite it was. The site has been another restaurant called Full Moon for about five years now. Anyway, I for a while I lost track of the East Bay dim sum scene.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler
            Melanie Wong Jul 23, 2001 11:37 PM

            Thanks for mentioning it, Ruth. We need to get out of our dim sum ruts sometimes, no?

            1. re: Melanie Wong
              Ruth Lafler Jul 24, 2001 01:12 AM

              Yes, I think chowhound is excellent for inspiring me to get out of my food ruts.

              Anyway, I didn't mean to oversell East Ocean. I wouldn't make a special trip to eat there -- the dim sum is good, but not top notch -- but when you're hungry and in the area, the fact that it is quiet and has parking makes it a nice alternative to dealing with the hassles of Oakland Chinatown.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler
                Melanie Wong Jul 26, 2001 09:43 PM

                My comment about ruts wasn't directed at you personally. Sometimes our discussions here seem to go in circles talking about the same restaurants again and again. Yes, it's important to stay current and on top of any changes. But there's such a huge chow-world out there yet to be discovered. I'd like to see even more variety in the topics and places discussed on this board.

      2. re: gordon wing
        Yvonne Jul 24, 2001 01:16 PM

        Peony's dim sum is quite good. After an episode of horrible rude service, though, I won't be going back anytime soon. Try at your own risk. :)

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