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Feb 12, 2010 09:26 AM

Best Chinese in San Mateo area?

Hi -- What's the best Chinese restaurant in the San Mateo area? By best, I don't mean most authentic, I mean most tasty.
I know there are several new ones that we haven't tried, so I thought I'd ask you guys.
Our favorite dish is Cumin Lamb. We don't eat beef. We're not big on noodle houses.

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  1. If you like cumin lamb, you are looking for northern chinese cooking. How about Everyday Beijing?

    Everyday Beijing
    637 South B Street, San Mateo, CA

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    1. re: PeterL

      Actually, that's a favorite of ours. Are there any others on this side of the Bay that do Cumin Lamb? We like other kinds of Chinese also. Another favorite of ours is Hot Wok Bistro, on Howard St. Other than those, we like ones in the East Bay and Santa Cruz, so we were hoping there's something really good we missed here in the area.

      1. re: Kim Cooper

        Give Sun's Chinese cuisine a try. They're right across Happy Cafe, near the movie theater. Owner is former Everyday Beijing employee and one of the chefs I hear is ex-Noodle House (currently Mao's Kitchen) that offers an eclectic mix of Northern Chinese and Taiwanese. Lotus leaf steamed rock cod, shrimp and cucumber dumplings or fish and chive dumplings etc are all very good. They had lamb skewers the last time we visited as a white board special, and they also have spicy dishes as well.

        1. re: Kim Cooper

          How about Shanghai Dumpling Shop in Milbrae?

          Shanghai Dumpling Shop
          455 Broadway, Millbrae, CA 94030

      2. It's not cumin lamb or San Mateo, but I liked the dim sum I've had at ABC seafood in nearby Foster City. Lots of well prepared items.

        ABC Sea Food Restaurant
        973 E Hillsdale Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404

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        1. re: Windy

          Do they do dim sum at dinnertime? I thought it was a lunch thing? We have been there, but not recently. We'll have to try it again.

          1. re: Kim Cooper

            Very few restaurants have dim sum at dinnertime. ABC did not the last time I was there.

            1. re: Chandavkl

              Right, I don't think they do. I've only been in the day. But many of the items we had were not dim sum, so I'd give the kitchen a thumbs up.

        2. I often have a jones for Shanghai East, but they're on the authentic side. Very fine XLB, very poor menu translation ("pork and tofu" is this great sweet dish with thin tofu strips tied into little bows. Love it, but "pork and tofu" doesn't do it justice.) Ditto the other Shanghai place at the corner of 25th and ECR.

          No cumin lamb.

          You might try a journey down to Redwood City's crouching tiger sometime. They have cumin lamb, but pay special attention to the spicy dry cooked dishes.

          If you've tried lots of places, how about listing what you've tried?

          1. My new fave is Joy in Foster City on beach park

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            1. re: guavagirl

              Joy is great. Taiwan style. Lots of reviews and reports on Chowhound if you follow the link.

              Joy Restaurant
              1489 Beach Park Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404