Proper Chinese Dinner for 6 visting from DC
I can’t seem to search my way through the myriad of posts – so I apologize in advance and would even appreciate being directed to prior threads.
Our preference is to stay in San Francisco, but could get down to Millbrae / San Mateo if it improves our choices.
Some degree of preference for Seafood – but any of Cantonese, Shanghainese or Sichuan is great.
I have visited R&G several times, but feel that we always get superior food when we have the benefit of the order being placed in Chinese – which will not be able to happen this time.
Thanks in advance for any help
Millbrae is a better bet than Chinatown--more high quality choices and higher quality food in general. Hong Kong Flower Lounge, Zen Peninsula, The Kitchen, Asian Pearl and South Sea Seafood Village are all a lot better than what you can find in Chinatown.
Hong Kong Flower Lounge
51 Millbrae Ave, Millbrae, CA 94030
1180 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030
South Sea Seafood Village
195 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030
If you're concerned about ordering, I suggest going to Great Eastern and ordering the Chinatown Selection set dinner for six, which is all seafood. Although you might want to add another dish or two -- if you want to splurge, call ahead and order the chicken stuffed with sticky rice.
Great Eastern Restaurant
649 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94133
My personal choice is Ton Kiang on Geary outer Richmond. Excellent standard Cantonese resto.
Koi Palace is excellent too, but it has terrible service for the price range it is in. Also, because of its high price, I believe it is best to have someone who know how to order. Not worth getting something expensive cook in standard way.
Eliza on California is a nice westernized Chinese place.
None Chinese place worth consider including Mandalay (Burmese), Anh Hong (Vietnamese beef 7 courses), and Bodega Bistro (northern Vietnamese).
Koi Palace Restaurant
365 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015
607 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94109
5821 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121
Check out Yuet Lee in Chinatown. It's a hole in the wall and the staff can be (probably will be) terse but that's regardless if you speak Chinese or not. Very fresh seafood. Use to be a chef's hang out since they're open late. The crab and clams are usually very good. If they have live prawns, those are good too.