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best Chinese dinner in Millbrae?

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I've only had lunch at Fook Yuen and Hong Kong Flower Lounge, never dinner. But I'll be meeting friends on a flight layover at SFO on Sunday evening. Where would it be worth taking them? TIA.

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  1. The Kitchen
    279 El Camino Real
    Millbrae 94030
    650-692-9688

    Zen Peninsula
    1180 El Camino Real
    Millbrae 94030
    650.616.9388

    Classic Sichuan
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/36841...

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    1. re: Cynsa

      I would pick The Kitchen or ZP as well, as the new blood in town. Though with rumors that HK Flower Lounge is closing or has new owners, it would be worth one more meal.

      Word of advice to heidipie, be sure to get a reservation. Sunday is Chinese family dinner night and the busiest night of the week. I know you like the 3 generations at the table scene with accompanying pandemonium even at high end places like these and that's prime time for that kind of ambiance. Enjoy!

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Correction on the rumor that HKFL was being bought out. It is the old Flower Lounge (HK Pavilion) in Millbrae which got taken over. Driving by shows renovations going on inside. I couldn't post this correction since my original post got "lost". Moderators, sorry if I posted inappropriately.

    2. I'm not impressed with the dinner food they serve at Fook Yuen anymore. And there are lots of good little places besides HK Flower Lounge that you could go. Like Cynsa, I've heard good things about The Kitchen. And I personally love Shanghai Dumpling Shop. (http://virgoblue.wordpress.com/2007/0...) Great Northern Chinese specialties. Don't miss the Braised Lion's Head Meatballs and Xiao Lung Bao.

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      1. re: VirgoBlue

        Personally, I don't think that the xiaolong bao at the Millbrae SDS is a match for those of their sister (make that husband) restaurant of a similar name in San Francisco, or for the XLB at the Happy Cafe in San Mateo.

        1. re: Gary Soup

          I can agree with you on the SF SDS, but not with Happy Cafe. The skin on their XLB can be on the thick and gummy side. And the broth inside the XLB lacks depth. But many of their other dishes are very good.

      2. 5A's? Burlingame side of Millbrae/Burlingame border.

        1. I was talking to some friends last weekend and was informed that The Kitchen was now the "hot new" in place for Cantonese food and the wait is long. So you really need to make a reservation so be ready to wait up to an hour. The prices at The Kitchen is about 5 bucks a dish cheaper than HKFL and Fook Yuen and as good.

          The only drawback was one of my friends says that there is only one Mother sauce and the dishes taste alike. The only two times I went I did not find that a problem but then again I normally order dishes not related so they can not use the same sauces.

          Let us know how it turns out.