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Need Dim Sum help

Coming to San Francisco in a couple of weeks and want great Dim Sum. I usually like the carts, as they parade by, but it doesn't have to be that way. Suggestions?

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  1. Try searching "dim sum" -- there are enough exhaustive discussions to make your head spin covering all the various possiblities (style, atmosphere, location, price, etc.).

    1. If you're looking for great dim sum, it won't be in Chinatown. Presuming you're used to San Gabriel Valley quality dim sum you can find stuff of comparable quality, but it'll be in someplace like Millbrae, Daly City, San Mateo, Cupertino, Milpitas, Alameda, etc. Consequently you might want to narrow in on a particular geographic portion of the Bay Area to focus your search.

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      1. re: Chandavkl

        Thanks for input. I am staying at the St. Regis and I do have a car. Maybe this will help as I really don't know the various areas very well.

        1. re: Chandavkl

          Thanks for input. I am staying at the St. Regis and I do have a car. Maybe this will help as I really don't know the various areas very well.

          1. re: xoxohh

            This might be the most relevant thread for you. Millbrae is relatively convenient as it is near San Francisco Airport.

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/524774

        2. I ate Dim Sum brunch at Yank Sing on Sunday, I think the address is 101 Speer, in the financial district near Market and the Embarcadero. It was fantastic. If you go be sure to try their signature dish, a pork dumpling with a lovely broth inside.

          1. Yank Sing, downtown SF financial district in the rincon center. I think it is the best in SF - and you will be satisfied. The shanghai soup dumpling was excellent....but if you are patient and wait for the carts with the specials, they're really, really good too.

            Ton kiang on Geary is also very good. Can't go wrong with either one.

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            1. re: scwhawk

              Just be forewarned that Yank Sing is considered a 'white people restaurant' by Chinese people. If you want to eat where the Chinese eat, go to Koi Palace in Daly City.

              1. re: jsteingarten

                Well, for me, one visit to Yank Sing was enough because of the relatively (well, absolutely) high cost. On an absolute scale the quality is there--the question is whether you get your money's worth.

                1. re: jsteingarten

                  I am asian and it was good enough for me.....and my family from NYC, all asians too....thought it was very good. There were many, many chinese eating there too. So it doesn't really matter as long as it's good and made right. Sure, go "authentic" and eat in chinatown where the quality has dropped. Koi palace is good too but not good enough to drive all the way out there and wait an hour, if you're lucky.

              2. The best Dim sum is better outside of SF, like Koi Palace in Daly City or Mayflower in Milpitas. A better place in SF is City View Restaurant. Yank Sing is good, but prohibitavely expensive.

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                City View Restaurant
                662 Commercial St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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                1. re: nccyber

                  Most dishes I order at Yank Sing are around $4.50. The XLB are expensive, around $11. I think the prices are reasonable considering the superior quality.