Inner Richmond Asian for 15 Person Family-Style Meal?
My friends and I are going to an event in the Inner Richmond (around 3rd and Clement) on Friday night, and I'm looking for a place where 10-15 people can share a family-style meal that will include some options for vegetarians.
I'm imagining a place like San Tung in Inner Sunset, though I'm more familiar with the other side of the park--ideally they're set up to handle groups of that size; I'd love a place with good dumplings.
I know Kirin has tables for groups as big as 15. Food is standard Cantonese banquet food; the standout dish is the glutinous rice stuffed deep fried chicken. They are also very open to cooking off menu items if you call ahead and check to make sure they buy the ingredients and can make what you want. Food is solid if not wow-inducing, but prices are great.
A place I've been absolutely loving for dim sum but haven't tried yet for dinner is Hong Kong Lounge. You could call and see what they've got for 15. The restaurant is definitely bigger, more recently updated, and the servers more polished than at Kirin.
I don't know that either of those options has dumplings, but they might. I've gone with a group of ten to Shanghai Dumpling King, but we didn't have reservations. We just lucked out with a minimal wait, but there were only 8 of us.
Shanghai Dumpling King
3319 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121
6135 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121
Hong Kong Lounge
5322 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94121
We had a great chowdown with three kinds of duck at five happiness .
Mandalay or Spices would also be good choices, but you'd prob need to split to two tables. I'd suggest that anyways, as really big round tables are usually wobbly and hard to reach across to get your food.
Come to the picnic on Oct 3!
We ended up at Five Happiness--thanks both to the recommendations below and to a write-in vote from London-based DaveMP. I adored the tea-smoked duck, as did another hound-ish friend, though most of the votes went to the Peking duck, which was fun to assemble.
The total headcount was near 20, so we had two full tables, one of which had three vegetarians. The owner/manager consulted with them on appropriate dishes (many of the vegetable-centric dishes had meat added). They loved the scallion pancake.
I can't overemphasize how kind the owner/manager was--a friend called him to ask for a nearby bakery that could supply a cake, and he not only ordered one from Schubert's, he picked it up, served it with candles, and sliced it.
Total bill averaged around $18 per person for a ton of food.
4142 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118