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Modern or unique dim sum in San Francisco?

Hello San Francisco! I'm a Boston hound about to take a trip over, and i was wondering if there were any dim sum places in san francisco that served up some new stuff aside from traditional dim sum? Are there any young dim sum chefs out there innovating dim sum and bringing new stuff to the dim sum carts? Like for example taiwanese dim sum or making new creations or variations of dim sum that won't cost me an arm and a leg to eat?

Being from Boston, we mainly only have the old traditional stuff that i still love but would rather treat my tastebuds to some new flavors. I'm not really looking for the best dim sum place, just a more progrssive and good dim sum restaurant that i could try something new.

hope im not asking for too much :x.

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    1. oh thanks for the advise!

    2. I think that you will find the general quality and care in preparation better than what is available in Boston, that was my experience.
      As for creativity there are a few places that have Items you probably did not see in Boston but all the standard will be there too so you will have to pace yourself.
      I would suggest that you check out Koi Palace, www.koipalace.com in Daly City very large place and Mayflower, smaller place in the city (the one on Geary Blvd. check out the the speicial menu in the table tent.) www.mayflower-seafood.com
      You can also do a search on this board and you will find raging debate over the local dim sum scene.

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      Koi Palace Restaurant
      365 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015

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      1. re: chefj

        I read many good things about Koi Palace and would love to go there! however dont think my companion on this trip is up for the extra traveling. Mayflower will check.

        I also read good and mixed reviews for yank sing but it sounds it bit too pricey for us.

        Do you know if Golden Mountain has a good selection of affordable dim sum?

        Thanks for the suggestions!

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        Koi Palace Restaurant
        365 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015

        Golden Mountain
        21933 Foothill Blvd, Hayward, CA 94541

        1. re: ButtMunch

          Personally I dislike Yank Sing. But as you can see there is much debate about it.
          I do not know about Gold Mountain. I think I went there once long ago. I remember it as being pretty traditional.
          When you say affordable you mean?
          Koi is very close to the city I would think a Cab wouldn't cost more than 15$.
          Be sure to check out the"specials" (they have been the same for a few years now) in the Table tent at Mayflower if you go.

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          Gold Mountain Restaurant
          644 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

          Yank Sing
          49 Stevenson St Ste Stlv, San Francisco, CA 94105

          1. re: chefj

            Been a while since you took a cab? The cab fare computer says about $35 from Union Square to Serramonte,

            1. re: chefj

              The cab fare to Koi would obviously depend on where you start, but from downtown, it's 12-13 miles which would imply that a cab would cost over $30 each way not counting tip. (SF cabs are $3.10 to flag and then 45 cents for each 1/5 of a mile.)

              1. re: nocharge

                Daly City Bart to Koi Palace is $15.

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                Koi Palace Restaurant
                365 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015

                1. re: wolfe

                  Downtown SF to Daly City BART is $3 bucks, $6 RT. Of course if you double up (or more) cab rides go down. Koi however isn't exactly affordable. It can get pricey if you start an ordering frenzy.

                  1. re: ML8000

                    So for two people, BART to Daly City plus the 3.5 mile cab ride to Koi would come in around $40 RT. Conclusion: if you are in downtown SF without access to a car, it's way less expensive to eat at Yank Sing than to take a cab or BART+cab to Koi. And a lot less hassle.

                    1. re: nocharge

                      the simple answer to that is yes.

              2. re: chefj

                oh thanks a lot for everyones help! i guess affordable meaning nothing really overpriced in realtions to the portions.

                1. re: ButtMunch

                  Keep tuned we may eventually get back to dim sum.

                2. re: chefj

                  Ive eaten twice at Gold Mountain on Broadway in Chinatown w/ a friend who's very dim sum experienced...weve also eaten at Elite and Sea Harbour in LA and we both found that the shrimp(Har Gow, rice noodle shrimp) were juicier and tastier at Gold Mtn....traditional, fairly large restaurant where we had 2 excellent meals.

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                  Gold Mountain Restaurant
                  644 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

                3. re: ButtMunch

                  Gold Mountain isn't better for dim sum than what you can get in Boston. I'm not sure anything in Chinatown is. If I couldn't get out to the Peninsula, I think I'd go to Hong Kong Lounge on Geary. Incidentally, most, if not all of the best dim sum in California these days is ordered off the menu, not carts.

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                  Gold Mountain Restaurant
                  644 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

                  Hong Kong Lounge
                  5322 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94121

                  1. re: ButtMunch

                    Gold Mountain is reasonably priced. Quality is above average, selection is pretty typical. A good choice if you're nearby, but not worth a trip out of your way.

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                    Gold Mountain Restaurant
                    644 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

                4. Yank Sing has quite a lot of traditional and modern dim sum. Unfortunately, it might cost you an arm (but not a leg) to eat there.

                  And yes, Mariana in Baja is 100% about Frisco, my ears are actualy hurting even though you didn't actually say it. About 100 times worse than "San Fran"

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                  Yank Sing
                  49 Stevenson St Ste Stlv, San Francisco, CA 94105

                  1. Harmony Restaurant in Mill Valley does a nice updated dim sum using local seasonal ingredients

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                    1. re: chuckl

                      I would think that if Daly city is too far M.V. would be out too.

                      1. re: chuckl

                        Sorry Vulber, I didn't look at the time stamp.

                        1. re: chuckl

                          I occasionally enjoy the lunch special at Harmony , but the dim sum is, like the old joke, "Terrible food and such small portions". I recently got an order of steamed char siu bao (3 for $5.50!!) with such an overpowering taste of ammonia (where could that have come from?) that I threw them out. I don't do that often.

                        2. We enjoyed dim sum at South Sea Seafood Village on Irving a while ago. Most notably, there was a special rice cake with dried shrimp and pork with a wraparound banana/pandan leaf that looked like a salty version of the thai dessert Ta-Ko Haew and melt in the mouth lovely. Pumpkin puff was flaky and good. Cheong Fun was thin but shrimps within were overcooked.