Dim Sum, once again
I recently moved into the city from the Peninsula, and I've been trying some new dim sum places in the southern part of the city and nearby, in the hopes of finding something decent without having to drive all the way to Millbrae. I've tried Imperial Garden on San Bruno Ave. It gets a big plus for having Peking Duck, but is otherwise just ok. I've also tried Grand Palace in SSF, which gets a big plus for having shrimp and mango rolls, but is also otherwise just ok. Then recently a friend recommended King Wah in Daly City, and I thought it was excellent. The har gow were perfect and the BBQ pork was tender and sweet, both by itself and in the char siu bao -- my two personal dim sum barometers. I may regret telling everyone, but I highly recommend this place. 209 Southgate Ave. Worthy of a chowdown, IMHO, but I'm too lazy to organize it.
In our travels to the East Bay, we've found another good dim sum place -- This Old Place on Grand Ave. in Oakland. The dim sum is very good, not great, but the prices are so low it's ridiculous. You can seriously stuff yourself for less than 10 bucks.
King Wah Restaurant
209 Southgate Ave, Daly City, CA 94015
On the southern side, check out S&T on Noriega and 33rd. We've had very good, inexpensive dim sum there. Go early though. They have fried pumpkin with salty egg yolk, and nice spicy rice noodles with XO sauce.
The best things at Imperial Garden are the chicken feet and the rice balls with black sesame. It also helps if you order off the menu rather than wait for the trays to have what you want.
S&T Hong Kong Seafood Restaurant
2578 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122
Mr. Fong's Tai Wu in Daly City has been our favorite for the past 6 months or so. His bakery is also quite good (same mall). I also love City View, but it's too pricy for frequent visits from this family.
Placemarker below for Tai Wu in Foster City is not what I'm referring to.
City View Restaurant
662 Commercial St, San Francisco, CA 94111
Tai Wu Restaurant
1080 Foster City Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404
Ok, If I understand where you are, I think I have a suggestion for you for some good dim sum nearby. One of my Chinese friends came there with me twice, and she liked it a lot. Coming south out of the City, right off 101 on the Peninsula, you take Ralston Avenue Exit, go west about a mile into Belmont. There on the right is: China Village Seafood Restaurant @ 600 Ralston Ave., Belmont, CA. You'll see the sign, and right before the building is a driveway. Turn R into the driveway, and there's a big parking lot in the back. Go in back door. They have a very good selection of dim sum, great service, and they do a lively business. You'll see the tanks of live stuff when you walk in. I've never had anything there that I haven't liked. It's so easy to find: 101 and a few blocks west.
China Village Seafood
600 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002