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Oct 29, 2007 03:02 PM

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.

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  1. 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?

    Everyday Beijing
    637 South B Street, San Mateo, CA

    Joy Restaurant
    1489 Beach Park Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404

    Little Sichuan
    168 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Everyday Beijing looks interesting. But their address shows 637 South B St.

      Did they move? Which is the correct location?

      1. re: baron45

        I don't know where that address on 25th Ave came from - they are on So. B as you've shown... thanks!

    2. 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.

      1. 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.

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        1. re: peppatty

          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.

          1. re: K K


            Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot
            215 S Ellsworth Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

        2. 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

          1. I really like Classic Sichuan on ECR in Millbrae. Pretty authentic menu, and some of the classics (Lamb with Cumin, Boiled Beef) are very good. I had a twice-cooked fish there last week that was lights-out.

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            1. re: Deeg67

              Little Shanghai is also on the 25th (but on the east side of El Camino) in San Mateo.