HOME > Chowhound > San Francisco Bay Area >

Discussion

5 days in sf with in-laws equals mostly chinese food...your top 5 please!

well, our sf trips are normally foodie trips, meaning anything goes, except for this one. love them to pieces, and sure would not want to bring them somewhere knowing they'd eat but not enjoy. i can understand for some people it is hard to change preferences and tastes in your mid 70s, especially if you have not been too adventurous all your life...

on the positive side, they'll eat anything chinese, and thankfully the regional differences should make for some exciting variety. i'd really appreciate your input for different regional cuisine favorites in and around sf. authenticity will definitely score more points over nouveau improvisation. or to use a japanese metaphor, they will prefer the traditional sushi tastes to someone like nobu or any fusion influences. they have no problems with pigs' ears or big gelatinous fish eye balls. thank God! doesn't have to be glitzy, but clean (aka 'at least a 'b' rating from the health dept would be good').

i know koi palace will be on the list.

we *might* be able to convince them to try some non-chinese but asian cuisines thatare similar. thai and vietnamese is possible, indian and japanese definitely out.

thanks for your help.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
Posting Guidelines | FAQs | Feedback
Cancel
  1. Great Eastern
    Bund Shanghai
    Jai Yun
    Beijing
    Old Mandarin Islamic
    Koi Palace(given)

    -----
    Jai Yun
    680 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111

    Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant
    3132 Vicente St, San Francisco, CA 94116

    Great Eastern Restaurant
    649 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133

    Beijing Restaurant
    1801 Alemany Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94112

    Bund Shanghai
    640 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA

    1 Reply
    1. re: wolfe

      adding to your SF list:
      San Wang
      Riverside
      Bow Hon for the fish salad
      Shanghai Dumpling King
      Shanghai House

      outside of SF:
      Everyday Beijing, San Mateo
      Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot, San Mateo
      Trend Restaurant, Mountain View (lunch buffet)
      Darda Seafood, Milpitas
      Chinjin Eastern House, San Jose
      China Village, Albany
      Lily's House, Lafayette
      Little Sheep, Union City/'Little Shen Yang, Union City

      -----
      Everyday Beijing
      637 South B Street, San Mateo, CA

      San Wang Restaurant
      1682 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94115

      Bow Hon
      850 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108

      Shanghai House
      3641 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

      Shanghai Dumpling King
      3319 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

      Riverside Seafood Restaurant
      1201 Vicente St, San Francisco, CA 94116

      Trend Restaurant
      400 Moffett Blvd, Mountain View, CA

    2. Z&Y Garden for Sichuan, Jai Yun for banquet-style Shanghai tasting menu. SF only?

      8 Replies
      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Great China in Berkeley is worth a detour for great Shandong / Korean Chinese specialties.

        -----
        Great China Restaurant
        2115 Kittredge St, Berkeley, CA 94704

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Provided you order correctly.

          1. re: wolfe

            That's less of a challenge at Great China than at some of the other places mentioned, since their specialties are flagged on the menu.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              If they are all flagged, great. If not, here are some additional on menu and apparently off-menu suggestions.
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3890...
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3890...
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3890...

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                IIRC there's a whole page titled "Chef's Specials"

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  On the on-line menu there are about 46 flagged house specialties.

                  1. re: wolfe

                    Ate there tonight. New menus organized differently. No more specialties listing.

            2. re: Robert Lauriston

              Second both of these recs, especially Z&Y, which was a real revelation. I'm actually taking my mom, who introduced me to Great China!

          2. South Legend, Milpitas for outstanding Sichuan food

            1. Hong Kong Lounge on Geary and 17th (under new management) has been pleasantly surprising me with its exceptional dim sum (and lines to rival Koi Palace). Took a table of 10 Chinese people from Taiwan and Los Angeles, ages 11-60, there last week and got rave reviews all around.

              The attention to detail, huge portions, availability of both classic and new dishes, piping hot food, and reasonable prices are all winners in my book. We spent about $15 each and had seven boxes of leftovers, for food I thought was almost if not as good as Koi Palace's.

              4 Replies
              1. re: Pei

                This sounds great. Will definitely check it out when next in SF. A lifetime ago (late 70s) I lived at 17th and Fulton. I have a feeling it was there in a different incarnation.

                1. re: c oliver

                  Definitely; this incarnation hasn't been open more than a few months, and is thriving so far.

                  1. re: Pei

                    Looking forward to it. That's a tough nabe (traffic, competition) so I hope it continues to do well. To me that's one of the best areas.

                2. re: Pei

                  Pei's family get-together sounds like a good reference point: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/643350

                3. Sticking to the original request, my top five would be:

                  Koi Palace

                  Zen Peninsula (Millbrae)

                  Jai Yun

                  any branch of Tung Kee/TK Noodle/Luu Noodle (just because there's no other chain like this anywhere else)

                  New China in Union City (for things tofu)

                  1. Spices II (trendy youthful excellent very authentic quite spicy Sichuan -- don't miss this place if they like spicy real Sichuan food completely unlike what you will find in you typical US mall place)
                    South Sea Seafood Village (lots of live fish, crabs. and other Hong Kong style dishes)
                    Y Ben (cheap, very authentic dim sum in huge room -- keep them out of the bathroom)
                    Dol Ho (across the street from Y Ben, also cheap very authentic, very small)
                    Koi Palace
                    Beijing
                    Old Mandarin Islamic
                    Shanghai dumpling places on Balboa
                    San Tung (on Irving -- very popular with Asians - Korean-Chinese from Shandong "style")

                    For non threatening, moderately authentic, good Thai in a nice place try Thep Phanom on Waller. Don't miss the Lemon Grass Salad. Ask for spicy if you want it to be closer to authentic.
                    For very authentic Thai: Ler Ros on Larkin
                    If you can't get into San Tung, try Yummy Yummy for excellent Vietnamese, right next door.

                    -----
                    Dol Ho
                    808 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

                    Spices II
                    291 6th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118

                    Y Ben House Restaurant
                    835 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

                    San Tung Chinese Restaurant
                    1031 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

                    Yummy Yummy
                    1015 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

                    Thep Phanom
                    400 Waller St, San Francisco, CA 94117

                    Lers Ros Thai
                    730 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA

                    2 Replies
                    1. re: Thomas Nash

                      another link:

                      -----
                      South Sea Seafood Village
                      1420 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

                      1. re: Thomas Nash

                        Oh Yes--San Tung

                        Went there 2 weeks ago to get the dry string beans and dry chicken wings. Very unique for any Chinese place!

                      2. hi all. just wanted to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH for all the replies. have had a chance to check out almost all the recs. i was very glad to see multiple repeats in your recommendations...heading out there bright and early tuesday morning.

                        1. Beijing Restaurant on Alemany serves wonderful Beijing dishes. Our favorites are the Warm Pot with Fish and (house-made) Preserved Vegetable, Pan-Fried Bao-zi, House Special Eggplant (with shrimp and chicken in a hoisin flavored sauce,) Beef with Spiced Bean Curd (I think that's the name of the dish,) the noodle soups (house-made noodles) and lots of other dishes that are listed as Beijing specialties or Beijing Dim Sum. These are the dishes to order.

                          We also like South Sea Seafood Restaurant for dim sum.

                          Another good dim sum restaurant is Hong Kong Seafood on Noriega near 33rd Ave.

                          Also, River Side Seafood Restaurant on Vicente is very good -- my daughter called it the "good gravy" place when she was very young. Now that she's 27, she admires their master sauce.