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ABC Seafood, Foster City, surprisingly good.

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.

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  1. 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.

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    1. re: K K

      As far as I know, this place is still owned by the Lam Family (Miss Hong Kong 2002 Tiffany Lam) aka the same people who owns ABC Bakery & Cafe. I do know that Tiffany Lam has been taking over most of the management side of the business.

    2. 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.

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        973 E Hillsdale Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404

        1. 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.

          1. 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.

            1. I've always had a soft spot for ABC, and work nearby.

              But recently I tried Joy Luck Place in downtown San Mateo, and must say that I'll rarely be going back to ABC. Joy Luck is everything dim sum should be. Hot, tasty, good flavor, good selection. It's a little fancier than ABC, but the dim sum is head and shoulders above.

              Peter, how would you compare ABC with Joy Luck?

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              1. re: bbulkow

                ABC has always been my go-to dim sum spot since I lived 1/2 block away for 10 years (I've now moved a few miles away but still visit ABC on a monthly basis for dim sum). It's certainly a lot nicer looking now with the remodel, and the food has also improved the last few years.

                I tried Joy Luck once for dim sum (usually I get there late and only can get lunch) and was decidedly unimpressed -- it seemed the selection was much smaller and the food wasn't any better to be worth the drive. But perhaps I'll give it another shot. Normally if I'm feeling motivated I'll go to Koi Palace or HKFL, but Joy Luck is a lot closer and has shorter wait times.

                On a slightly different note, I'll likely be having my wedding rehearsal banquet at Joy Luck, but only since it's a lot less expensive. I feel the dinner food is better at ABC -- was not that impressed by Joy Luck for my brother's rehearsal dinner there last year, but it's a lot more reasonably priced for 50 people than ABC & Koi Palace, and the food was better (of the dishes we tasted) than Chef Wai.

                1. re: PekoePeony

                  Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of ABC.

                  Since you mentioned, what are your favorite dinner dishes there? The one time I hit it for dinner I ordered poorly, poorly enough that I don't remember what I ordered, but I didn't like it.

                  Finally, as a white guy two-top you get shuffled off to the side. I never like that, although I can hardly blame them. That's just where all the duces are.

                2. re: bbulkow

                  I think Joy Luck is slightly better in terms of dim sum quality. ABC has improved a lot to the extent that with large groups we now usually pick ABC. It's much easier parking. And you can linger for a long time without feeling pressured to leave.

                  1. re: bbulkow

                    I am in line with Joy Luck as well. Love that Mango Roll with shrimp!!!
                    It just gets so darn busy if you get there past 11am on weekends.
                    My only gripe is the counter person.
                    The female counterperson at the take out hot table is not very nice (impatient and really shows it if you do not order once she is ready to serve you)..