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Top 5 Dishes at Koi Palace?

My girlfriend and I were visiting from Los Angeles and was hoping that Chowhounders could help with the must orders at Koi Palace? No allergies/restrictions, anything goes. Just want to have a great meal, cost is not an issue. But I don't want to just waste money. I want the best tasting dishes. Thanks in advance.

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

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  1. Coffee-braised ribs are a MUST. I had them for the first time during my last visit and can't believe I had never had them before. I'm still craving them.

    Honestly, I don't remember anything I didn't enjoy there, but those ribs still haunt me...

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    1. re: CarrieWas218

      I have never had this at Koi Palace, but have had it at other restaurants. My problem with this is it is coyingly sweet, esp with the cream on top. Do you find that this dish is sweet at Koi?

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

      1. re: PeterL

        I've never had it at other restaurants so I can't compare, but yes -- it was a bit sweet, but the coffee made it so unctuous and rich that I didn't care.

        1. re: CarrieWas218

          The probable source of this dish was discussed in an earlier thread:

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5843...

      2. re: CarrieWas218

        There wasn't enough coffee in the "coffee ribs" that I could taste it. I found them cloying and weird. The dish made no sense to me at all.

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5843...

      3. Lunch or dinner time? Week day or weekend?

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          1. re: albatruffles

            Wow Sunday lunch on a long weekend at Koi Palace?! This could be a suicide mission fighting through the mob. ;-)

            And the whole crab XLB recommended by some is probably too large for two people.

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

            1. re: vincentlo

              Try to get there when they open - around 10, usually. By 11 the lines are enormous.

        1. On the special new items menu they have beef filet with mustard sauce that is really tasty.

          1. We always make sure to order a couple of things from the menu. I always want congee and don't want to wait for the cart to come around. We have a 2 1/2 year old, so time is short. We also order their XO dumplings and tripe with ginger soy off the menu. Other than than that, we just hope for the best. I will say, we have much better luck with the waitresses stopping by since we have had our daughter with us than before we had her. We always used to joke that we got the "gringo treatment" and they wouldn't come by with things that they assumed that we wouldn't like. I would wave them down or just order from the menu if I could. Now, every waitress comes by and says Hi to the little one and shows us what they have even if there isn't an English explanation. Great dim sum kharma. It's a plus that our daughter gobbles up dumlings and congee. My advice is to order the things that you really want. Every thing is good. It might be more expensive than most of the other dim sum places, but it's worth every penny.

            1. One their most praised dishes is the whole crab with XLB. It's listed on the menu as Crab Meat filled Dumpling w/ Whole Crab. In addition to the XLB dumplings you get pieces of the rest of the crab fried in the shell in a great salty egg batter. More about it and other dishes in these reports--
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/488267
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/700278