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Client lunch - East Bay Chinese

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I would appreciate help from this board for a special request:
Recommendations for an East Bay lunch to impress a Chinese client. I have been told that he eats only Chinese, so even perfect California fusion won't do. My instructions further stipulate that seafood is in and spicy is out - so the direction may be toward Hong Kong or Cantonese. Combing the threads always provides great suggestions for me, but in this case restaurant decor, service and presentation really matter, as well as the food.

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  1. For how many people? What part of the East Bay? And what's the budget?

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    1. re: kc72

      Very small group - no more than 3. So, in this case, budget is not really the issue.
      This lunch will be combined with a scenic drive. I was thinking Oakland-Berkeley-Alameda, but Emeryville- Albany-Richmond would fit.

      1. re: Kayde

        I only asked about the budget b/c if you had a slightly larger group both Peony and HK East Ocean have rooms w/ a table for 10 (I think).

        You'll be lunching during the dim sum rush, so be prepared to wait a bit and for some noise. Also, IMO HK East Ocean, Saigon Seafood Harbor and Asian Pearl would probably have the best seafood options for lunch in addition to dim sum

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        Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant
        3150 Pierce St, Richmond, CA 94804

        Asian Pearl
        3288 Pierce St, Richmond, CA 94804

    2. I'm not sure there is anyplace in the East Bay comparable to Koi Palace or Hong Kong Flower Lounge. The view at HK East Ocean might help make up for the relatively casual service.

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      Legendary Palace
      708 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94607

      Hong Kong East Ocean Seafood
      3199 Powell St, Emeryville, CA 94608

      Restaurant Peony
      388 9th St Ste 288, Oakland, CA 94607

      Great China Restaurant
      2115 Kittredge St, Berkeley, CA 94704

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      1. I agree with Hong Kong East Ocean or in Alameda, East Ocean Seafood. They have great smoked black cod and all of the decor was recently refreshed so it is clean and bright.

        For dim sum you might try Asian Pearl in El Cerrito.

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        East Ocean Seafood
        1713 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501

        Asian Pearl
        3288 Pierce St, Richmond, CA 94804

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        1. re: myst

          East Ocean Seafood serves the best dim sum I've found in the East Bay.

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          East Ocean Seafood
          1713 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            I agree, but not sure if they do it on weekdays? Its my weekend go to...

            1. re: myst

              Yes, they do dim sum for lunch everyday.

              1. re: foodeye

                Yes, they've even started doing some cart service (used to be check menu only) on weekdays. Or you can order off the regular menu.

                If service counts, then you really can't do better than East Ocean -- the service there is very good, it's family owned and operated and a lot of staff has been there for many years, plus it's relatively quiet for a busy Chinese restaurant.

        2. Saigon Seafood Harbor might be another possibility. (The Saigon in the name is a place in Hong Kong.)

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          Saigon Seafood Harbor Restaurant
          3150 Pierce St, Richmond, CA 94804