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Chinese food: Millbrae - San Mateo

Looking for a Chinese restaurant in the Millbrae - San Mateo area for my parents- newly transplanted New Yorkers age 90 and 88! They are used to fresh, delicately flavored and well prepared food. For the rest of the family spicy is OK. My folks are somewhat adventurous, but to start expect a few familiar dishes. Large noisy places are a challenge unless week day lunch a bit past peak hours. Have avoided Honk Kong Flower Lounge- overwhelming? We enjoyed dim sum at the Grand Palace in South San Francisco. My mom was eying the chicken feet and recalling her childhood. Thanks for giving your personal slant on what's what- have at it. .
~ Wendy~

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Grand Palace
359 Grand Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080

Flower Lounge Restaurant
2033 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94602

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  1. I like Dim Sum at The Kitchen in MIllbrae. Otherwise I eat at Joy in Foster City regularly. Very good but I am not sure it's "typical". Potstickers are a must but are really quite different from the usual ones.

    1. Try Hong Kong Flower Lounge. Chicken feet is good. Asia Pearl, Zen Peninsula, have been good in the past, though haven't had it lately. Try Broadway bistro for casual Hong Kong style food. I've tried the Kitchen several times, and it's just not my favorite. Dim Sum in San Mateo is not recommended. ABC in San Mateo is okay for casual Hong Kong style too. I've eaten the dim sum/Chinese food in Millbrae for over 25 years and have seen/tasted it's ups and downs. 5 Joy in Foster City does have really good potstickers, but it is not Cantonese food. If they like stinky tofu, they may like Joy.

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      Hong Kong Flower Lounge
      51 Millbrae Ave, Millbrae, CA 94030

      Zen Peninsula
      1180 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030

      1. H. K. Causeway and Champagne Seafood, on different sides of Fourth Ave. in San Mateo, might also be alternatives. Perhaps a little less bustling.

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        Champagne Seafood Restaurant
        88 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

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        1. re: Chandavkl

          We were at Champagne Seafood this past weekend and were impressed with the food and very impressed with the service. I agree that, because it's a smaller place, it may be less overwhelming. Also, they have a (paid, but very cheap) parking lot behind them.

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          Champagne Seafood Restaurant
          88 E 4th Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

        2. If you are willing to go as far as Palo Alto, and to spend around 30% more than at the Millbrae places, Tai Pan would be a good choice. The place is fairly luxurious, the service is very good, the food, especially the dimsum, is carefully and delicately prepared. And there's a parking lot beside it, so your parents won't have far to walk.

          http://www.taipanpaloalto.com/

          1. I'm guessing you mean Cantonese food. Zen Peninsula is a possibility. They have semi-private rooms/alcoves and partitions available, and if you mention your special circumstance, they should be accommodating provided you give them sufficient lead time and be polite about it.

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            Zen Peninsula
            1180 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030

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            1. re: Cary

              +1 on Zen Pen. The inside isn't elegant like Champagne or Tai Pan, but the flavors are far bolder and better. Not a bustling as HKFL.

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              Tai Pan
              Waverly Ln, Los Altos, CA 94022