Parc Hong Kong Restaurant, San Francisco
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While my parents were visiting Thanksgiving week, we had the chance to try out a few places for the first time. We had lunch at Parc Hong Kong which had taken over Hong Kong Flower Lounges site about a year ago. My moms first reaction on seeing the interior and the uniformed staff was a sharp look over to me that said, this is too expensive. (g) In one way she was right, the noodle dishes on the menu range from $9 to $12, surprisingly, so we didnt order any of those. The prices for the dim sum plates which are supplied to order rather than shuffled around on carts were about the going rate for sit-down service. Yet all of this evens out if you order a seafood special. This was a live crab or lobster prepared in any of 10 to 12 different ways for only $11.99.
Sharks fin and meat dumpling soup, $4.25 the dumpling itself was good quality with flavorful jellied soup inside, but the surrounding consumme cant compare to my favorite at Seafood Harbor in Millbrae
Steamed white beef tripe, $4.25 one of my dads favorite things, and this was an excellent version. Blanched snowy white feathery illium piled high in a pool of subtly complex soy-based sauce and garnished with sauteed spring onions and fresh chilis
Shanghai steamed dumpling (4), $2.95 pretty good with very thin wrappers and tasty soup inside, but lacking intensity of flavor in the filling
Shrimp and chive dumpling (3), $2.95 doughy thick wrapper and muddy filling that didnt taste freshly made, skip this one
Deep-fried taro dumpling (3), $2.95 oil-logged, skip this too
Steamed chicken feet, $2.25 very good with just the right texture of jellied softness yet some resistance still, flavored with nam yee (red fermented bean curd), my mom would have liked more garlic influence
Shrimp dumpling (har kou, 4), $2.95 very good with translucent elastic wrappers and filled with whole shrimp
Salt and pepper Dungeness crab, $11.99 (seafood special) good but not great, maybe because this was not a locally caught crab, or maybe were spoiled by the version at R&G Lounge
Overall, the quality was good enough to return. Next time Ill stick with the steamed items and stay away from the deep-fried or pan-fried dishes.
Parc Hong Kong Restaurant
5322 Geary Blvd.