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Dongbei House Changing Owners

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Dongbei House in San Mateo, site of a recent Chowdown, is changing owners and will not be serving Dongbei food any more. Jing and I ate there yesterday, and they say their last day there will be on or around July 15. They are not sure yet if they will reopen somewhere else. If you've been meaning to try Dongbei House, get down there fast, and it's probably best to call first.

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  1. Funny you mentioned this, yesterday my family and I went there for lunch and everything we ordered tasted so different from before that it did not warrant a return visit. Either the main chef left, or his heart was not in it anymore. We were so disappointed. So your post explains it all.

    Oh well the memory of the wonderful meal we had will always be there. Just so sad the magic disappeared so quickly.

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    1. re: K K

      I just talked to Jing about your post, and it seems you are right. The chef who used to be there has already gone back to China. It was indeed someone different in the kitchen.

      1. re: Martin Strell

        What a shame, just when something authentic and so good just got enough exposure from folks like us, it goes downhill from there once the soul of the restaurant leaves (the chef).

        I suppose that leaves Little Potato in Union City and Nutrition House in Milpitas, but a bit out of reach for me.

        1. re: K K

          Jing, her parents, our little daughter and I tried Little Potato a while back. I thought it was okay, but Jing and her parents were not impressed at all. They said it was not "real" Dongbei food. Apparently, it is run by Taiwanese.

          We still haven't been to Nutrition House. I've heard good things about it, and we'd like to try it some time.

    2. Strange. Maybe they had a different chef in there for lunch. We were there around 5PM and our meal was fine (though somewhat expensive). I might not have known the difference myself, but Jing is from Dongbei and very fussy about her native cuisine.