Best Chinese in Bay Area?
Assuming someone's willing to travel anywhere in the Bay Area, where's the absolute best?
My nominations (SF / East Bay bias since I don't get down the Peninsula or to the South Bay much):
Shanghai: Jai Yung, SF
Sichuan: Z&Y Garden, SF
Muslim Chinese: Darda, Milpitas (any recent comparisons with Fatima and Great Eastern?)
Peking-style hot pot: Old Mandarin, SF
Hong Kong seafood: Koi Palace, Daly City
Hong Kong after midnight: Daimo, Richmond / Yuet Lee, SF (stick to seafood)
dim sum: Hong Kong Flower Lounge, Millbrae
Koi Palace Restaurant
365 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015
Daimo Chinese Restaurant
3288 Pierce St, Richmond, CA 94804
680 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111
Hong Kong Flower Lounge
51 Millbrae Ave, Millbrae, CA 94030
Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant
3132 Vicente St, San Francisco, CA 94116
Yuet Lee Seafood
1300 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133
Darda Seafood Restaurant
296 Barber Ct, Milpitas, CA 95035
Z & Y
655 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133
I'd put China Village (Albany) miles ahead of Z&Y for Sichuan, though I happily eat at Z&Y often. My one time at Zone 88 (SF, Portola) was better than a typical meal at Z&Y, too, but others on the board have more experience at Zone 88 than I do.
No Hunanese category? I return to Henry's Hunan again and again but would love to hear of someplace better.