ABC Seafood, Foster City, surprisingly good.
- PeterL Mar 24, 2008 08:33 AM
The new ownership makes a difference. Aside from the remodeled and now much nicer inside big hall, the food is noticeably better. We went to lunch twice, once for dim sum, and once for the Alaskan King Crab special ($388). The dim sum is excellent, comparably to any of the Millbrae restaurants. The King Crab special included King Crab done three ways (salt and pepper, steamed, and Porteguese rice in the shell). The place was not full and there's parking in the big parking lot.
I noticed the ownership/management change too. Used to be that Miss Hong Kong 2002 (most photogenic award)'s mom was in charge.
I had dim sum to go twice, can't say I was thoroughly impressed even though it was consumed within 10 minutes of pruchase (their ma lai goh was a big let down compared to Mr Fong's), but perhaps dine in is a better experience.
I went to ABC Seafood with my family for CNY dinner a few months ago, and in contrast we had a pretty bad experience. First they somehow lost the pre-order my mom had made with them over the phone. After ordering from the menu, we start getting our food. One of the waiters comes by and tells us they're out of clams and crab...it's not a busy night and the restaurant isn't even full, yet they run out of seafood items...at a seafood restaurant??? Then mysteriously we get our crab order anyway, but it's a tad undersized. Our steamed fish was undercooked; it was still raw near the spine. The worst though was the deep-fried rice-stuffed whole chicken. It looked to me a bit overly fried. Upon tasting, the skin and meat inside was very bitter...like bitter melon bitter. No one in our party ate anymore of this dish. When we complained to the waitstaff, they looked at us puzzled but made no apology or explanation or offer to remove the item from the bill. My mom even told them in Chinese so I don't think there was a communication problem.
I've eaten here several times in the past for dim sum, and while the food was never great it was usually decent. After this experience though I doubt I'd go back again.
Interesting! I went there for the first time last week. It certainly exceeded my expectations.
The host ordered the set menu for six. The cold plate was adequate, the shark-fin soup was well-seasoned, and the Peking duck was crispy and flavorful. The tofu dish was fried very nicely. The steamed fish tasted fresh, and the lobster/noodles were very tasty. And the cookies they brought at the end of the meal were some of the best that I have had in a Chinese restaurant. The service was adequate.
I haven't had their dim sum, and I'm not sure it's worth the drive from Cupertino, but I agree--it was surprisingly good.
Have not been there in a very very long while. Would go there for Dim Sum and a favorite of mine is their steamed spare ribs and peppered beef ribs.