Northern Chinese on the Peninsula
I've been to China Village in Albany and liked their food. Saw Da Lian in Berkeley on Check Please and their food seems interesting.
Any places like this between San Bruno/Millbrae/Burlingame and San Mateo/San Carlos? I've eaten at Classic Szechuan in Millbrae and wasn't too impressed. Chef King/Sheep King in San Mateo was pretty good for Hot Pot.
Trying to take some guests from Beijing out and who like some spiciness and not the blandness of some of the Cantonese places.
How about Everyday Beijing in San Mateo? Here's a chowdown report,
Joy in Foster City is Taiwanese-owned with dishes from various regions. It has some dishes that are quite spicy.
Haven't been to Little Sichuan (which is western China, not northern) since the ownership change. Any reports?
637 South B Street, San Mateo, CA
1489 Beach Park Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404
168 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401
5 A's in Burlingame is good if you can get and understand the Chinese menu.
If not then ask if they have Tea Smoked Duck, Fish Head Clay Pot Soup, Lamb dumplings and knife cut noodles.
There's a new hot pot, at least I think it's hot pot...I was driving by... place going in near 231 Ellsworth San Mateo, looks like it's close to opening...also I've heard mentions of Happy Cafe, but I haven't tried yet. I recently went to China Bee and the yao tu"oil stick" was dripping with oil. Ick. The fan tuan had a leftover, refried yau tu in the middle that could break a tooth. Everyday beijing is pretty good. I get a hankering for their fish dumplings and the pork pancake.
That's the new location of Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot, a subsidiary of the humongously successful global chain that started off in Mongolia.
I didnt' call the Union City location for an update, but the SM one was supposed to have opened already. They got the signage ready but the interior is still being worked on. I say maybe late Nov or so, and they should be open by then. Once they do I think it will be a very interesting spot to watch and try, but of course give them time to work out the kinks.
As far as taking out of town guests (from Beijing) to eat Northern Chinese in the Peninsula, I dare say there aren't that many excellent or even half decent choices, and most of what has been listed might not even be considered up to par to them. Everyday Beijing might be a decent choice but lately they've been on the downhill for me.
I say stick with Joy in Foster City. A wider range of choices, and for sure their really spicy Sichuan mala style dishes are good.
I haven't been to China Village but I like Shanghai East on 25th in San Mateo.
Shanghai East Restaurant
105 W 25th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403