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Capital Restaurant, SF report w/ pics

hhc Apr 27, 2007 06:02 AM

I ate here w/ Windy 4/26/07. I had just got off Bart and walked to the restaurant which is about 8 blocks. Once in saw it was mostly older Chinese people eating there which was good and it was full too. I don't know if the place was warm or it was just me.

Windy ordered since we had only 1 hr to eat. We had:

Free bowl of house soup - tasty

Fried spicy chicken wings $6.25- I don't usually eat fried stuff and tried to pick out most of the fried part of the wing, but I did taste a bit of the salty crispy skin. Windy said they were really good.

pan fried pork patty w/ salty fish $7.95-it was really Good. Like a flattened pork pancake, it was tasty and I didn't taste the salty fish (a good thing). I want to try the steam version next time.

seafood & tofu clay pot - cost around 8-10? - it was ok, pretty average..I liked the gravy and shrimp.

snow pea sprouts w/ garlic sauce $8.95- pretty tasty.

overally, I liked the place just thought it was kinda pricey for Chinese food in Chinatown. We had lots of leftovers.

Capital Restaurant
839 Clay Street (Between Grant & Stockton)
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 397-6269
Hrs: Daily 8am-9:30pm

my pics:
http://www.kodakgallery.com/Slideshow.jsp?mode=fromshare&Uc=t5dik17.90jf5riz&Uy=-nb9avn&Ux=0

Gordon's post here:
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/37254...

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    jkt Apr 27, 2007 06:25 AM

    I sometimes make the trip to Chinatown for lunch just for the chicken wings. They're delicious and inexpensive.

    1. Cynsa Apr 27, 2007 07:04 AM

      Yum. Looks like comfort food to me!

      1. Gary Soup Apr 27, 2007 07:36 AM

        Capital does classic Cantonese comfort food very well. The prices don't really seem out of line, to me. They're not Hing Lung prices, but the it's not Hing Lung food, either.

        1. v
          vliang Apr 27, 2007 08:45 AM

          I had Capital takeaway last night for dinner... wonton soup, garlic sauteed chinese broccoli, and S&P pork chops. Everything was great. I am quite fond of their wontons as the skins are thin and silken. The S&P pork chops were good chrispness (fried well)... I just wish they had more of the jalapeno heat the chicken wings have.

          1. Windy Apr 27, 2007 10:32 AM

            I haven't eaten old-fashioned Cantonese food in a while. There were lots of appealing specials on the walls, including sauteed frogs and steamed princess clams (what is a princess clam? a photo next to the sign looked like geoduck).

            The chicken wings weren't spicy at all. Just a couple of jalapeños. The pork patties were kind of overwhelming in size. They tasted like breakfast sausage and would have been good with noodles or potatoes.

            How are the noodles?

            Not cheap ($9 for pea shoots with garlic) but big portions. We both took home enough for lunch today. Very friendly efficient service, and the utilitarian decor reminded me of Chinese restaurants from my childhood..

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            1. re: Windy
              Gary Soup Apr 27, 2007 12:31 PM

              Dou miao (pea shoots) is an expensive item (and not so easy to find). I doubt you will find it for much less than $10 anywhere; It's $13 at Great Eastern, and $16 (!) at Koi Palace, according to the latest posted menus

            2. Melanie Wong Apr 30, 2007 11:29 PM

              Still waiting to hear from anyone who's had the corned beef lunch special here . . .

              Auntie's tip on Capital's tong yuen -
              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/17258...

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              1. re: Melanie Wong
                yimster May 1, 2007 07:51 AM

                My non-chowish cousin ordered it once and I had a small taste. Just simple boiled corned beef, somewhat tender and kind of tasteless. I would not order it..

                I normally order just oxtail in American style Chinatown eatries.

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