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Apr 1, 2008 07:59 AM

SFO dim sum

Hi-I really want to work some dim sum into my schedule while I'm in town. So what would be the best option? I know folks have said Yank Sing is good but $$$$-I don't think that is a problem, since it's only me and I won't eat more than 3-4 dishes. Sad to eat dim sum alone, huh? Sigh. Does anyone want to join me? It would be Thursday afternoon
I'm a dumpling freak if that makes any difference in the recs.

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  1. Where are you going to be? The city or near the airport (SFO)? If you are near the airport I'd suggest ABC Seafood, Foster City. Easy parking, not too crowded so you won't feel "sad" to be eating alone.

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    1. re: PeterL

      I'm staying at the Hilton in Union Square.

    2. What time in the afternoon were you talking about? If it's too late in the afternoon, your choices at restaurants that serve dim sum may be very limited.

      If you'll have a car, the places in Millbrae and San Mateo might be your best options.

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      1. re: kc72

        Well, my plane lands at noon - am I out of luck? I don't have a good concept of how long it takes to get ito the city-I would bet at least a half hour to pick up my bag and another half hour to get to the hotel.

        1. re: Missy

          You'd be pushing your luck, since most dim sum venues don't serve past 2:00 and the selection starts getting thin around 1:00.

          However, Tian Sing on Cyril Magnin St. (5th Street North) is tailor-made for travellers like you. It provides good dim sum until 3:00, and is configured for solo diners and small groups of people. It's pricier that Chinatown, but cheaper than Yank Sing, and just around the corner from the Hilton.


          Tian Sing Chinese Restaurant
          138 Cyril Magnin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

          1. re: Xiao Yang

            Thanks... couldn't remember the name

          2. re: Missy

            You could take BART to Millbrae (one stop) and eat at Hong Kong Flower Lounge (across the street up the hill) at prime time. And then get back on BART and go to your hotel.

            SFO is the airport code. The airport is not located in the city of San Francisco. However there is dim sum available in the international terminal.

            1. re: Windy

              Stopping off for dim sum in Millbrae would me my suggestion as well, unless she has a ton of luggage. Too bad in these security conscious days you can't just check your luggage somewhere the way you use to be able to.

            2. re: Missy

              Then your best choices are the stretch of El Camino Real in the city of Millbrae, with about 6 restaurants serving dim sum. Millbrae is very close to the airport. In fact, you can take BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) to the Millbrae station and walk across the street to 3 of those restaurants. I recommend The Kitchen as a good option. If you will have a car then it's a short drive from SFO.

              The Kitchen
              279 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030

              1. re: PeterL

                I went to the Kitchen about 1.5 wks ago and it was awful. I think they've gonbe down hill. We went at 11:30 and there were only 5 varieties of dishes to choose from and nothing new ever came out. I also went to Asian Pearl down the street last week and what a world of difference. The quality was much better and a great variety. I wonder what's causing such a difference as they are the same owners. The price on those were about the same.

              2. re: Missy

                Some good options here.. another factor is your luggage -- how much you're lugging around and are you hoping to check in before having dim sum?

                1. re: kc72

                  That sounds like a great option-I have one small bag and a computer case carryon (and a purse). I think I can do it espcially since I will probably be starvinga fter a long dry plane ride (I leave at 9 a.m. Eastern time). So now the choice is which: HK Flower Lounge?

                  1. re: Missy

                    I do like HKFL. But I recently went to Asian Pearl (see above) and foudn the dim sum there to be a new favourite. It is a about 5 minutes up the road from BART (instead of scross the street) and a tiny bit more $$.

                    1. re: vliang

                      I do dim sum weekly, so the latest good places are Asian Pearl and HKFL. Asian Pearl has some different choices, soft tofu/egg cubes topped with shrimp, lobster and shrimp wrapped in cabbage, steamed brown sugar cake, and the big dumpling in superior broth are really good. The rice noodle rolls at HKFL are the best in town. HKFL also has sweet glutinous rice steamed in bamboo leaves, and lotus seed buns that no one else has.

                    2. re: Missy

                      I'll enthusiastically second HKFL. When you said "a half hour to pick up my bag“ I assumed you had a large checked-in bag to lug around and would want to ditch it first at the hotel as you stated.

                      1. re: Missy

                        HKFL is reliably good. Of course it's only half an hour to the city. You'd be at Yank Sing by 1:15. I'd probably go to the branch on Stevenson, which caters to downtown workers and has samplers, so you can try more things.

                        I'd also note that most posters referring to distances in Millbrae are driving, not walking. That stretch of El Camino is long!

                        1. re: Windy

                          Yeah, I think HKFL is the closest. So it really depends on whether you're taking BART from the airport or a cab.

                          Hong Kong Flower Lounge
                          51 Millbrae Ave, Millbrae, CA 94030

                          Peninsula Asian Pearl
                          1671 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030

                          1. re: Ruth Lafler

                            I haven't been to Asian Pearl (sounds great) but looks like it is 2 miles north of the BART station.