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May 9, 2010 05:41 PM

Beautiful fresh Lobster Lo Mein at King Sing, 6thAv Balboa $10.99

Gorgeous plush modern Neighborhood spot, in high color like,...a Chinese Mardi Gras. Warm burnt orange, lime green, purple, payne blue. complete with small crystal chandlier. Decor is up thier with Eliza's plus soft music, cloth napkins under a chandelier and rainbow of hanging scuptural lamps.

Looks like a good banquet spot. Must gather a crowd somenight to find out. Valet parking possible. Call for info

My first visit was an elegant Wor Wonton complete with scallop.

The good news for me is they plan to deliver soon. Although i'm not crazy about delivery it's nice to know that they're available when delivery is necessary.

I always think lobster sauce is a little too powerful for lobster but order it anyway. The kicking lobster is shown before entering the kitchen.

White caligraphy on a black field presides on the far wall in this happy room of many other colors. To boot, Arthur is a gracious and accomodating host.server/owner.
Interested to see if any one else has found great or unsual dishes there, lunch or dinner.

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  1. Thanks for posting, I've not been back since the lunch I posted on last year.

    Did your lobster lo mein have "lobster sauce", that is beaten egg with ground pork? Or was it a whole lobster sauteed with scallion and ginger gravy?

    King Sing Chinese Restaurant and Wine Bar
    501 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Melanie, it's lobster with ginger-scallion gravy - a very satisfying lunch. I love the large pieces of peeled ginger slices.

      1. re: Cynsa

        The dish looks delicious....will be out in SF middle of August and can't wait to try this dish. I wonder how it taste with pan-fried noodles?

    2. The current discount on the wo choy (8-10 persons $153.00) includes Golden Mushroom and Dried Scallops soup, Shrimp and Scallops with Greens, Calamari with XO Sauce, Steamed Whole Chicken, Crab with Ginger and Scallion sauce, Fresh Mushrooms with Tofu, Garlic Chinese Greens, Steamed Seasonal Fish, Yellow Chive Yee Foo noodles, Beef Steak, Dessert of the Day (regular price $168)
      (6-7 persons for $83 - regular price $88) includes Fish Maw with Crab meat soup, Salt & Pepper Prawns in shell, Clams with Black Bean Sauce, half Empress Chicken, Peking-style Pork Chops, Steamed Stuffed Tofu, Mushroom with Vegetables, Deep-Fried Whole Fish, Steamed Rice, Dessert of the Day

      1. Is this now King Sing Hong Kong? I notice that the restaurant name that Melanie linked in her review last year, King Sing Mandarin, is marked Closed, but there's an entry for King Sing Hong Kong at the same address.

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        1. re: Cicely

          I'll check the signage next time I'm in the neighborhood... I think it's just "King Sing". On the takeout menu, it's King Sing... Hong Kong Cuisine is on a separate line in a smaller font...then, next line is Food To Go...

          King Sing
          501 Balboa Street
          San Francisco
          Closed on Tuesday

          or, search for King Sing Chinese Cuisine

          1. re: Cicely

            My post from last year describes the ownership change, change of cuisine, revamping of the menu, remodel of the interior, etc. Based on that, the current restaurant at this address is completely different than the earlier King Sing Mandarin. At the time that I posted that, I created a new place record for the new place because so many things had changed and the reports that were linked to the previous restaurant did not apply at all to the new regime. But now only one linked record shows in my old post, maybe the new one was a victim of some erroneous duplicate combining. So I've made a new one for King Sing in it's new incarnation. I was there today and with the finished remodel it's really different than the old Shandong-style restaurant that was there.

            It's calling itself King Sing Chinese Restaurant and Wine Bar. I'll edit the place record to reflect that.

          2. Mom and I were back for lunch on Wednesday before an appointment at the Medical Center. She didn't believe me when I told her she'd been there before, it looks so different than our last visit. Here's a shot of the interior, showing the chandelier.

            Last time we failed to get our order of wontons. We gave it a go again and were amply rewarded with this bowl of wonton soup noodles, $6.95.
            I tried one of the plump dumplings, and as far as I could tell, it was filled with ground pork and no shrimp. Funny thing is, my mother had asked for a lunch place with good shrimp wontons. She liked the version here a lot and didn't complain about a lack of shrimp. Firm, perfectly cooked, thin and springy noodles. Delicious soup, meatier and not the orange-colored stock of the HK-style in vogue.

            With stanbee's rec, I had to have the lobster noodles, $10.99, shown here,
            Other restaurants usually make this dish with culls to keep the price down, but here, the lobster tastes like top grade. So fresh and sweet. Two big claws, and all the other parts rearranged nicely on top of the bed of noodles. The noodles were the thin type, whereas, i would prefer wider ones, but that's a minor quibble. They're cooked properly with a nice chewiness and the lighter-textured gravy with ginger and scallions doesn't weigh them down.

            Thanks for the rec!

            P.S. So folks on the Peninsula don't feel left out, I've posted on the version to be found on the specials board at R&B Seafood. I like the noodles and seasoning better at R
            &B, but King Sing's lobster was fresher if a bit smaller.

            R & B Seafood
            2209 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306