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Sep 21, 2006 09:25 PM

Looking for authentic Chinese regional in Chinatown--please!

Loved the favorite Chinatown haunts thread, but have a slightly different question. I'm looking for a non-Cantonese Chinatown restaurant with good food that actually tastes like China. Can be homestyle. I've been in Shaanxsi, Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, and am hankering after something to carry me back there...
Spices? Z&Y? Somewhere else??
(Don't tell me about the suburbs, as I'll only be in from Baltimore for a conference, and without car. "Chinese" food here is pitiful)

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  1. Spices is not in Chinatown but has two branches in the Richmond district of SF. Z&Y offers Sichuan and Yunnan. There are Cantonese/Hong Kong-style restaurants in Chinatown that taste like China, so not sure what your second sentence means.

    R&G Lounge post -

    Z&Y post -

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      I think, unfortunately, that for many people "Cantonese" is synonymous with what should more accurately be called "American-Chinese" (as Melanie knows, although she's trying to be diplomatic).

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Melanie, I'm so pleased to hear R&G is back on track. My family used to eat there regularly but stopped after it started to slip. Time to revisit the seafood basket!

      2. No, I was not confusing Cantonese food with Chinese-American (sorry if I ruffled any feathers). I want food from other regions that I had enjoyed in China, and I never went to the Guandong area.

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        1. re: crowsonguy

          *I'm* sorry (although I think my point is true of most people).

          I think you'll like Spices!

        2. Jai Yun is in Chinatown and not Cantonese. It's banquet-style Shanghai served tasting-menu style.

          If you're staying near Chinatown, it's one bus to the Richmond district.

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            There's a sprinkle of other regional dishes, I remember having tangerine beef which is Hunanese.

          2. Agree about Jai Yun. The chef is from Nanking, not Shanghai, but food is very authentic, though pricy.

            1. Thank you all for contributions. Jai Yun sounds exciting, but a bit pricy for my fellow atheists.
              I will definitely try Z & Y at lunch, and was excited that Richmond is only one bus away.
              I read Spice II's menu online, and it made me drool. Anyone know which bus to take fom the Holiday Inn on Van Ness Ave?
              If any of you come to Baltimore, I'll have a couple of great crab house recs for you.

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              1. re: crowsonguy

                Is it the Holiday Inn at Pine & Van Ness? Walk two blocks south to Sutter St. and take the #2 bus. It'll take you right to and along Clement Street.

                1. re: crowsonguy

                  You can take either #2 Clement Bus or #1 California Bus.