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Looking to feed a large group Chinese food in the Sunset District

paddyh Jan 29, 2011 08:48 AM

I'm told Sunset is best, and we can get there on Muni! Any good suggestions for a group of 20 or so?

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    sfbing Jan 29, 2011 09:31 AM

    I think a little more information would be helpful, since you nixed R&G on a previous thread...
    1) How much money per person were you thinking of spending?
    2) What type of Chinese food are you looking for? For example, what type of dishes were you thinking of ordering? Nice place or hole in the wall?
    3) Are you thinking of preordering a banquet (which would be most efficient and cost effective considering the size of your party)?
    4) How long of a commute? Where are you starting from?
    5) What's the time frame? I ask because Chinese New Year is next week and restaurants are usually packed and pushed to the limit.

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    1. re: sfbing
      paddyh Jan 29, 2011 06:29 PM

      Good questions, thanks.
      I nixed R&G, in fact everything in Chinatown, on the advice of a SanFran Chinese food freak (in fact several) who advised heading west for better, better-priced food.
      I don't want to spend much more than $30 a head, after T&T
      I don't care what kind of food, except Hunan is probably too spicy. Taiwan/Sichuan/Shanghai/even Canton is OK
      Banquet? Probably. But there appears to be an astonishing margin for rip-off in many advertised banquet menus compared to my usual Chinese eating haunts in LA's SGV.
      I'll be setting forth from downtown SF, having arrived from Menlo Park.

      1. re: paddyh
        sfbing Jan 29, 2011 08:46 PM

        Hmm. I live in the sunset and I personally don't think there is any Cantonese food that is better than R&G in the sunset. Less expensive, sure, but not better. Here are my picks in the city not in the sunset:
        For really unusual (and probably beyond your budget): Jai yun (sort of shanghainese) in Chinatown is a possibility. Better deal for lunch than dinner.
        Far away from downtown, good food, and can't be beat price: Hakka Restaurant in outer Richmond
        Slightly closer, crazy crowded with kind of a peculiar set menu arrangement at dinner: Hong Kong Lounge.

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

        1. re: sfbing
          Windy Jan 30, 2011 10:12 PM

          I'm with sfbing and question the advice you've gotten from your friends. No idea why you are having 20 people schelp across town for unexceptional Chinese food.

          R&G is in a different league from the other places mentioned here (nothing wrong if you lived in the neighborhood).

          If for some reason you don't want to eat downtown or in Millbrae, the Richmond has better options than the Sunset.

          1. re: sfbing
            Robert Lauriston Jan 31, 2011 06:39 AM

            $30 a head including tax and tip isn't enough for dinner at Jai Yun.

            Jai Yun
            680 Clay St, San Francisco, CA 94111

          2. re: paddyh
            PeterL Jan 31, 2011 01:05 PM

            Hunan food is too spicy and yet Sichuan is OK? Also if you compare prices in the Bay Area with SGV you're going to be forever disappointed.

        2. Sarah Jan 29, 2011 10:35 AM

          Easy to get to -- good dim sum -- haven't had dinner --

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          1. re: Sarah
            Chandavkl Jan 30, 2011 08:50 PM

            Excellent suggestion. Plenty of room for a large group, nice ambiance on top of the food. They also have a branch in Millbrae, which probably has the best concentration of Chinese food in the Bay Area. (That's an entirely different subject.)

            1. re: Chandavkl
              sfbing Jan 30, 2011 11:54 PM

              Fair warning: I think they have been having some trouble maintaining quality since they opened the Millbrae branch. Sometimes, the food is fine and sometimes, not so much. My last visit, the lobster was not as fresh as I would like it and there were some temperature issues with other dishes. It is a pleasant uncrowded place that can easily accomodate 20 people with good service though.

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            ML8000 Jan 29, 2011 11:09 AM

            sfbing hits it on the head...lots of good questions.

            That said, consider: Eight Immortals, Ming's Diner. Decor will be very basic in both but they are in the Sunset and both have the room.

            Eight Immortals Restaurant
            1433 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA 94116

            Ming's Diner
            2129 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA 94116

            1. K K Jan 31, 2011 09:24 AM

              I would pick Hakka Restaurant in the Outer Richmond.

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              1. re: K K
                Keesey Jan 31, 2011 12:01 PM

                I will second this rec for Hakka Restaurant. They have an amazing Thai Basil Clam dish there (that's more of a thai flavored dish, but still done really well!). Love their "stuffed" tofu as well. The waitstaff is stellar! Chinese restaurant service can be a bit brass and quick, but there's a head waiter there, which could also be the owner, who really makes you feel right at home. The only drawback is the location.... it's is in Outer Richmond... practically by the beach. So it's cold and very foggy there. You would have to take a regular bus out there - the 31 Balboa.

                The South Seafood Village rec is also good too.

                San Tung is also close by but that's more Korean/Chinese fusion. Their dry fried chicken wing is famous in SF. Though a group of 20 is probably far too large for their very crampt space. Do try to go with a smaller group at a separate time.

                1. re: Keesey
                  tranewreck Jan 31, 2011 02:35 PM

                  I third vote for Hakka in the Richmond (ignoring the fact that you can't get there from here).
                  Peking, Outer Sunset, has been fairly empty on my last few visits and expect, with an advanced call, could easily handle your group. One block from the N train.
                  I live near South Seafood Village (SF branch) and my last two meals there were more miss then hit.

                  1. re: Keesey
                    scarmoza Jan 31, 2011 03:23 PM

                    San Tung has a small room in the back that just might fit 20 - I've never gone with a large enough group so I don't know. I would call them to find out more info.

                    1. re: scarmoza
                      kc72 Jan 31, 2011 03:31 PM

                      Unless that room has changed over the last few yrs, it won't fit 20.

                      1. re: kc72
                        Keesey Jan 31, 2011 04:47 PM

                        I've sat there. Will fit maybe 10 - 12 or so. I feel it's actually more crampt because the walls restrict the chairs from scooting in and out.

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                  ML8000 Jan 31, 2011 01:34 PM

                  If the Richmond is in play, I'd consider Kirin on Geary. Otherwise, I'd go to R&G. I went to a banquet in the summer and it was excellent. If anything, I wouldn't head to the Avenues but Southwest to Millbrae and Daly City for HK Flower Lounge, Zen, Koi Palace, Asian Pearl, etc.

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

                  Asian Pearl
                  3288 Pierce St, Richmond, CA 94804

                  Flower Lounge Restaurant
                  2033 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland, CA 94602

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                    mrs bacon Jan 31, 2011 02:59 PM

                    Would the Sunset location of Beijing work for a group this large (just asking because I haven't been there yet)?

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                    1. re: mrs bacon
                      Pandora Jan 31, 2011 09:19 PM

                      It probably would as I think it's not that busy there. I like Beijing restaurant the best for the OP's request.

                    2. alanbarnes Jan 31, 2011 10:13 PM

                      Okay, fools rush in where angels fear to tread, but nobody's come right out and said this...

                      The Sunset? Really?

                      I'd buy a recommendation for the Richmond. My experiences are nowhere near extensive enough to provide a decent compare / contrast discussion of the places there, but even Gertrude Stein would admit that there's a "there" there.

                      Even then, it's a mighty long ride on the 38 Geary to get where you want to go. Chinatown is close by. It may be full of places you don't want to go, but that doesn't mean there aren't any viable options.

                      Seriously, you've got a bunch of options that don't require putting twenty people on the bus for the better part of an hour. Consider them.

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