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Hi all,
I'll be staying in PA for one night and was hoping to get some good recs for good chinese (all cuisines considered) within a 15 - 20 minute drive. I would love to go to Koi Palace, but thats a bit far for me. The other idea I had was Everyday Beijing in San Mateo which I really enjoyed the last time I was there. I'm open to driving to MView, Cupertino or even Milpitas if I need to. I'll be on company expense, so not as concerned about cost, just yuminess!

Thanks in advance,
FD

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

Everyday Beijing
637 South B Street, San Mateo, CA

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  1. I think Tai Pan is really good, though very overpriced. Not as good as Koi Palace or the Milbrae ones, but the quality is high and it's right in Palo Alto. IMO, Everyday Beijing is a waste of an expense account - good food but not the best use of your resources at all.

    Tamarine in PA is also really good. Kampai or Fuki for sushi, though I haven't been to either in a long time.

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

    Everyday Beijing
    637 South B Street, San Mateo, CA

    Tamarine Restaurant
    546 University Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301

    1. In PA, R&B Seafood Restaurant (Cantonese) and Su Hong (Shanghai).

      In MV, Hong Kong Restaurant (for live seafood) near San Antonio and Chef Xiu ( Dongbei).

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      1. re: rotiprata

        Great ideas! Thanks and will check these out...

        1. re: FattyDumplin

          So if I'm set on finding the best live seafood Chinese restaurant in the area, would people recommend hong kong restaurant? I'd love to find a place that has lots of tanks full of live seafood where you can order by hte pound...
          FD

          1. re: FattyDumplin

            R&B and HK Restaurant are fine if you want to eat nearby, but they are too economical for expense account dining. for live fish, and somewhat close by, try Saigon in Sunnyvale or Cupertino restaurants if you don't want to go to Millbrae.

            1. re: FattyDumplin

              If ABC in Milpitas is within your driving range that would be my choice.

              1. re: Chandavkl

                is that a chain? I think i've been to an ABC in Irvine and really enjoyed it. Thanks for that rec!

                1. re: FattyDumplin

                  Milpitas ABC not related to LA area ABC but may be related to the smaller ABC Cafes in the Bay Area. Besides ABC being a large H.K. style seafood restaurant, if you haven't seen the neighboring Milpitas Square Asian shopping center, I think you'll be in for an interesting time.

                  1. re: Chandavkl

                    Finally making my trip out. so i'm deciding between ABC and Koi palace. The latter is much further away, but i've been before and greatly enjoyed. do you think ABC is comparable or should i just stick with what i know?

                    1. re: FattyDumplin

                      Koi Palace hands down if it's only about the food. ABC was suggested for geographical convenience, plus a location in a multi-restaurant Chinese mall that you might find interesting.

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

                      1. re: Chandavkl

                        got it cool! i think Koi Palace it is... long trek but should be worth it.

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

                        1. re: FattyDumplin

                          When my son was going to school in Palo Alto we'd take him up to Koi Palace when we visited him. Be sure to drive the 280 rather than the 101.

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

          2. re: rotiprata

            Chef Xiu has a fairly inscrutable menu and is a true hole in the wall. There was some motion about chefs moving around: I'd try somewhere else based on your constraints. All the other recs here have been solid. ABC in Foster City has fairly large tanks, as does Fu Lam Moon in MV. I have never taken a cotton to TaiPan, the menu seems a little dull and the room is terribly quiet. Not enough for me to work my way through the menu and see what I like.

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            Chef Xiu
            855 W El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040

            1. re: bbulkow

              I don't understand the Chef Xiu recommendations on this board... I tried it out for lunch 6 months ago with some former coworkers (one who even speaks Mandarin), and it was awful. Completely over-sweetened Americanized Chinese food. I threw out the left overs it was so bad....
              (The fact that we were the only people there for lunch should have made us leave...)

              Btw, Fu Lam Mum on Castro has giant seafood tanks with a lot of exotic looking seafood. I've only ever had their dim sum (which is okay).

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              Chef Xiu
              855 W El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040

              1. re: lrealml

                I find the dim sum at Fu Lam Mum uncompelling. Haven't had a chance to try its live seafood due to its higher price (vis a vis Kirin etc).

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                Fu Lam Mum
                155 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041

                1. re: rotiprata

                  I concur generally, but find the dim sum compelling between 9pm and midnight, when they have their late night dim sum special on (3 dishes for $9). At that hour, it's the best dim sum around.

                  1. re: bbulkow

                    This i have to agree. The late night menu is a plus :).

                  2. re: rotiprata

                    I agree about the dim sum...
                    Has anyone ever tried anything else their? I was not feeling great once and opted for their congee (which was pretty tasty), but other than that I've always been with a group and stuck with the dim sum....however, I am always eying the tanks with the geoduck...

                    1. re: lrealml

                      I've eaten moderately broadly across their menu. Late night, I often get 3 orders of dim sum, and one of something else. There's a number of dishes I like, but overall the food is a bit greasy, but has decent flavor.

            2. For non-Cantonese fare, Da Sichuan in Palo Alto is pretty good. Owned by a Chongqing guy.
              http://dasichuanrestaurant.com/

              Order the classics like water cooked fish, double cooked pork, or ask the waitress for "authentic" suggestions.

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              Da Sichuan
              3781 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306

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              1. re: Cary

                The other good non-Cantonese choice in Palo Alto is Hunan Garden. Despite the name they cover quite a range of Chinese dishes with excellent quality.

                Michael

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                Hunan Garden
                3345 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306

              2. if you like Everyday Beijing level of food, then you'll probably have to drive away from Palo Alto to eat Chinese.
                there's several good places in San Mateo (including Silver House) and sichuan in San Mateo, also Cupertino Village area, McCarthy Ranch Milpitas area, and Cooking Papa in South Bay.

                1. Old friend Su Hong, Palo Alto

                  Not sure the last time I've eaten here, it's been a few years. We were catching a movie at the PA Square, and I suggested Da Sichuan, but GF has been leery since the last time when I demanded the intestine (which was divine).

                  Several tables of young chinese guys, very chinese guys, like 8 of them together in each pack. Not sure if there's teams in from China at Stanford, or people starting at stanford, or google cliques, or what. A little peculiar. Otherwise, families and a few couples, might have filled every table but not crowded.

                  Very nice meal. Started with the XLB w/crab, and I must say they were some of the better XLB in a while. The skin was just slightly thicker than some I've had recently, which means we could get them out of the pan without tearing, but not so thick to be troublesome in the mouth. Soup level was moderate, but the meat packed the dumpling and was very, very juicy, and extremely well balanced. I liked the fact that crab XLB comes 6 to an order, which is better for 2 people.

                  Szechuan Beef with Hand Shaved Noodles, stir fried. Very nice dish. Only real problem was the spice wasn't cooked into the dish, it was sprinkled on the top, but it had a deep pungency in general, and the noodles had plenty of spring. We ate it all and scoured the plate in an uncouth manner for chinese style.

                  Lion's Head in Clay Pot. Nice but not superb. They are _so_ big there, I remember them as being a little fattier previously, maybe a little better spiced. Each one of those things is like a 1/2 lb of meat.

                  Preceded by a green onion pancake, joined by a small shared Tsing Tao. Food was served promptly and pleasantly.

                  On the way out, I asked about some of the chinese specialties on the wall. On in particular --- just said hot, and the owner-types said ... mmmm .... Lamb? .... I looked expectantly ... the other said ... Cumin? ... I said Dang, Cumin Lamb, really, I love that dish, I wish I had known. They shrugged and smiled.

                  Given how decent the szechuan dish was, and the specials board had twice cooked pork and cumin beef, maybe they've got a non-shanghai chef or two?

                  Overall, very very pleasant, not crowded, fast service, about $25/pp stuffed with leftovers, what more could you want.

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                  1. re: bbulkow

                    In past experiences at Su Hong - probably 2 years ago at this point - what more I could want is much less MSG. Has their MSG use been reduced over the past couple of years?

                    I didn't use to be at all sensitive to MSG and even quite enjoyed it, but that was then...

                    Michael

                    1. re: mdg

                      I'm not highly sensitive to MSG but have felt that effect people talk about (and I _REALLY_ don't want to argue about whether it's real because I don't have a dog in that fight).

                      I did not feel anything like that this time, and the noodle dish probably had a fair amount of MSG and maybe the meatballs had less?