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Nov 7, 2007 10:29 PM

Looking for really good dim sum in the oakland/berkeley area

We just moved here from NYC and love dim sum but we're not sure where to go in the east bay. Can anyone recommend some really good authentic places that are also CLEAN?


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  1. I would recommend Asian Pearl which has an address in Richmond, but is on the border of El Cerrito. The combination of moderate prices and pretty good food (and pretty clean environment, at least from what I could see) make it a nice location for dim sum in the east bay. The place in Emeryville is pretty good as well, forgot the name~

    Asian Pearl
    3288 Pierce St, Richmond, CA 94804

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    1. re: liujenny

      The place in Emeryville is East Ocean. We went there a couple of weeks ago after years of not having gone. They have certainly cleaned up their act. The place is indeed clean. The food is pretty good. Most of it is made to order (not cart). The veiw is good, except for the constant and never ending construction.

      There is another East Ocean (no relations) in Alameda that has better dim sum.

      1. re: liujenny

        Asian Pearl has gotten mixed reviews over on Yelp. We've been to East Ocean in Alameda the last couple of times out, quite good and not too pricey. Sit close to the kitchen for the best selection.

        1. re: Scrapironchef

          Yelp I have to be unreliable at best. You really need to sift through and try to figure out if the post has any idea about what they are reviewing or if they even ate there at all.

      2. Try King of King, it's my favorite in Oakland. It's clean and has a parking lot!

        King of King Restaurant
        1139 E 12th St, Oakland, CA 94606

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        1. re: DezzerSF

          Went to King of King restaurant today. Lousy food and too expensive. Cost me $25 for 1 person. Regretted going there. Will try the one in Alemeda (East Ocean) the next time.

          1. re: durandaisy

            heartell king of king no longer does dim sum.

        2. East Ocean in Alameda (not the one in Emeryville, which is too expensive for the quality) -- it's just through the Webster St. tube from Oakland Chinatown. Very clean, friendly, good dim sum, reasonable prices, and not a zoo like some places.

          East Ocean Seafood
          1713 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501

          1. East Ocean (alameda), Peony and Legendary Palace in the oakland chinatown/alameda area. for cheaper, good dim sum you can give Joy Luck a try.

            King Tsin on Solano (Berkeley) serves dim sum off a order form now I believe.

            Also, Asian Pearl on the El Cerrito/Richmond/Albany border.

            Legendary Palace
            708 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94607

            Restaurant Peony
            388 9th St Ste 288, Oakland, CA 94607

            Joy Luck
            327 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607

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            1. re: kc72

              Last time I was at Joy Luck I wouldn't have described it as "clean" -- although I'm not too fussy about how clean a place *looks*.

              Forgot to mention that you should avoid Jade Villa, which has been on a downhill slide for several years now.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                yeah.. I don't mind Joy Luck either.. coming from NYC the OP might not might it either.

                fyi.. drove by Jade Villa about a week ago and there was a banner that said 'buffet coming soon' -- their dim sum days might be over.

                1. re: kc72

                  The banner says that Jade Villa will now have sushi and Chinese food.

                  1. re: lamlex

                    was there mention of a buffet? i drove by pretty quickly w/ a AC Transit blocking most of the banner.

                  2. re: kc72

                    Jade Villa appears to have closed and changed hands. The new restaurant is called Continental Buffet.

                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                      Good thing someone put it out of its misery!

                  3. re: Ruth Lafler

                    I also like Joy Luck a lot, but I would not recommend it to anyone who requests "CLEAN" in capital letters in her post. For anyone who can take the hole-in-the-wall, greasy spoon atmosphere/cleanliness/decor, it is an amazing value. Everything is 1.80, large small, medium. The only exception is the special plates.

                    Popular competitor New Yo Ho next door closed down some time back and is now a branch of D&A, with the other D&A still around the corner.

                  4. re: kc72

                    The one time I went to Legendary Palace for dim sum, all of our dimsum was lukewarm and most of the cart ladies decided they didn't want to stop at our table. We had to flag someone down for siu mai! Potential problem for non-Chinese speakers.

                    1. re: DezzerSF

                      I'm as non-Chinese as they come, and I haven't had trouble at Legendary Palace. Yes, most of the cart ladies lack English skills, but I can usually get the info I need re: fillings. The key is to not be shy and get over any fear you have of making a fool of yourself.

                  5. Well I'd put in a plug for East Ocean in Emeryville. I think they do a really good job with fried dim sum items as well as everything else. It is also rather corporate looking so it is pretty sterile and therefore on the clean side. Also easy to park which isn't the case with Chinatown unless you use one of the parking garages. I went with a friend to East Ocean in Alameda after reading so many great reviews and I didn't care for it as much as I thought I would. I thought the quality was better at the place in Emeryville and the fried items seemed more greasy. Also it was a bit of a haul to get to the Alameda spot whereas I can be in Emeryville pretty quick.

                    When I was way too short of time, I went to Jade Villa for dim sum and it was awful. It used to be fairly decent many moons ago. So if they are putting in a buffet, I'm not going to miss their dim sum.

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                    1. re: Cheesy Oysters

                      great thanks everyone!! will definitely try them!

                      1. re: Cheesy Oysters

                        Well, one of the advantages with East Ocean in Emeryville is the view when the weather's good. So, it would be pretty good to go for relaxing dim sum with a view.

                        1. re: liujenny

                          Though as PeterL mentioned, there's now construction and trucks going back and forth between you and the view.

                        2. re: Cheesy Oysters

                          I'm anxiously waiting for Koi Garden to open up in Pleasanton where I work.