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High End - Classy Chinese Restaurant in San Francisco...where to find?

  • Rina Jul 6, 2006 08:18 AM
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Planning a company outing and get together dinner, since I am on the F&B committee, boss had mentioned to "kick it up a notch", since this feast will be expensed, I am on the search for the best, most expensive Chinese Restaurant in town, anyone...? thanks,

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  1. Yang Sing. The best and most expensive are not necessary the same thing. I think Yang Sing would be the most expensive (aside from fusion type California Chinese places. I wouldn't call Yang Sing the best in terms of Chinese food though.

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    1. re: PeterL

      Yank Sing doesn't serve dinner. It's dim sum only, unless you are catering a large event.

    2. It's not "chinese", but South East Asian, but one of my favorites in SF is the E&O Trading Company. Seriously good eats last time I was there. And it's easily a $100+/person type place.

      1. Shanghai 1930 -- beautiful setting, great food if you pick wisely.

        1. We recently had a dinner at Tommy Toy's for my grandfather's birthday. Everyone that went was very impressed. We were able to sit in a private room. The food is not fusion, but rather a French take on classic Chinese flavors (or something) anyway, it was very good and impressive. Definitely in the "kick it up" category.

          The Tommy Toy's Special Dinner (or whatever it is called) is what we had. They were very good about subbing out shell fish for those allergic.

          JB

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          1. re: Jeni Bean

            thanks for the rec for TT, can I ask how much your
            bill was for and how many people dined? thanks,

          2. Depending on how many people are in your party, I would say reserve a private room at upstairs R&G Lounge or some other really good Cantonese seafood place of similar caliber. You probably need to meet a mid to high 3 figure sum minimum for that. Koi Palace is outside of SF off 280 and Serramonte/Colma and has a way nicer setting. Talk to the manager(s) and find out what options you have for set dinners to make it more special.

            To make the most of it, load up on shark's fine, abalone, steamed fish and other seafood. Ask for their highest end banquet menu, then serve with lots of high end wine and XOs. That will surely drive up the price, rather than ordering something default off the menu somewhere else.

            1. South Sea Village on Irving (btw 15th and 16th) may fit the bill. Can't really comment on the quality of the high end stuff, since I haven't tried any. But I know those items are on the menu.

              As for Yang Sing, this is years ago (1998) so it might have changed, but my experience there wasn't great. The owner (or one of the owners) of Yang Sing was on the Board of Directors at a place I used to work and threw us a holiday banquet there one evening. The food, even with the owner dining with us, was very average. Service wasn't any better.

              1. I'm assuming that these are regular SF business folks, so I'm going to assume that they're not looking for exotic food such as shark's fin. If that's the case, I agree with Tommy Toy's, Shanghai 1930, or Yank Sing. In fact, I think those are your only options. (Except for the Mandarin? I rarely hear about it anymore.)

                If it really only needs to be Asian, Ana Mandara might work.

                If these are not typical business types who are indeed expecting shark's fin, abalone, etc. then the whole R&G
                or South Sea Village makes sense.

                1. Don't count out the Mandarin. They have a great view of the bay and they excel at parties & events. I also concur with Shanghai 1930 & Yank (that's with a "k") Sing, but don't forget about Silks at the Mandarin Oriental, as well.

                  Sites:
                  http://www.themandarin.com/
                  http://www.shanghai1930.com/
                  http://www.yanksing.com/
                  http://www.mandarinoriental.com/hotel... (Silks)

                  1. High end and classy? Definitely Tommy Toy's.

                    1. Tommy Toy's sounds like the best option. From my experience you should order the pre-set tasting menu, which is very good. I've also heard that everything else isn't as good. The service there is excellent and they have valet parking.

                      1. Great Eastern is consistently good. I have taken all kinds of people there and every single one of them loved it.