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Kayde Jan 11, 2011 09:34 AM

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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    kc72 Jan 11, 2011 09:49 AM

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

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      Kayde Jan 11, 2011 10:38 AM

      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.

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        kc72 Jan 11, 2011 12:05 PM

        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. Robert Lauriston Jan 11, 2011 09:58 AM

      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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        JonDough Jan 11, 2011 12:52 PM

        There is a Koi Palace in Dublin.

      2. myst Jan 11, 2011 10:12 AM

        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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          Robert Lauriston Jan 11, 2011 10:29 AM

          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
            myst Jan 11, 2011 11:19 AM

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

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              foodeye Jan 11, 2011 11:28 AM

              Yes, they do dim sum for lunch everyday.

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                Ruth Lafler Jan 11, 2011 12:48 PM

                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. Robert Lauriston Jan 11, 2011 11:03 AM

          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

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            sydthekyd Jan 11, 2011 11:07 AM

            Daimo?

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              myst Jan 11, 2011 11:19 AM

              Zero ambiance at Daimo....

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              ML8000 Jan 11, 2011 11:34 AM

              Is the client Cantonese, Shanghai-ese or from Beijing? That might matter...or not.

              For lunch, I'd go to Legendary Palace. It's quiet and the afternoon sun makes it pleasant.

              Peony is nice as well, more formal but better at night. If you call them, ask if they're still renovating the place. I stopped by in the summer and it looked like they were remodelling.

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              Legendary Palace
              708 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94607

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                kc72 Jan 11, 2011 12:06 PM

                What section did it look like they were working on? I've been a number of times in the past 6mos and haven;t noticed any change.

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                  ML8000 Jan 11, 2011 12:09 PM

                  It could have been a partition for wedding...but it looked like dry wall. The thing is...wastn' there for long...walked in and was seated but the wedding party was so loud (amped sound) we left.

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                  bbulkow Jan 11, 2011 09:32 PM

                  I can't really imagine legendary palace for quality.

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                  Kayde Jan 11, 2011 12:00 PM

                  Thank you so much for all of these, which would fit very well with an East Bay tour. Lots of great views and places to walk/visit along the way.
                  I had been considering HK East Ocean as well, for the view, and have only been to Peony at its most crowded, Sunday dim sum, and not in the past year, so all these chowhound experiences are helpful.
                  Thanks again.

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                    ML8000 Jan 11, 2011 12:12 PM

                    You're right about the view at HK East Ocean, easy parking as well. The food...I've had good and okay there but never exceptional. The interior use to be quite nice...and clean. I'm guessing it still is.

                    1. re: ML8000
                      myst Jan 12, 2011 12:36 PM

                      HK East Ocean definitely has the best view. East Ocean in Alameda does have good seafood options, clean, quiet and good service, but no view.

                      Alameda however has very nice views of the Bay and the SF skyline if you drive around the perimeter of the Island (Southshore, Crab Cove, Crown Beach, or Harbor Bay).

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                      foodeye Jan 12, 2011 02:41 PM

                      The most unique place to see a nice view over the bay to SF, very close to Alameda East Ocean Seafood, would be Hangar One/St. Geeorge Spirits and Rockwall Winery, if that sort of thing would interest your client.

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                      East Ocean Seafood
                      1713 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501

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                      Kayde Jan 20, 2011 02:20 PM

                      I appreciate the thought everyone put into this question.
                      This query was actually for another person, and he changed his mind about the East Bay part of the plan. He will now be taking the client to lunch at Zen Peninsula in Millbrae.
                      I see that in 2008 Melanie opened some discussion here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/568400

                      and some more recent comments: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/719767

                      So I'll find out how it went over the weekend. Thanks to all for the East Bay suggestions, and I will certainly put them to good use. Next trip to St. George's, Alameda Point market, etc. will include dim sum at East Ocean Seafood.

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                      Zen Peninsula
                      1180 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030

                      East Ocean Seafood
                      1713 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501

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