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Dec 30, 2011 01:16 PM

dim sum request

Will be taking six adventurous eaters along with two little guys for a Sunday brunch of dim sum. Looking for a place outside Chinatown but in San Francisco that still has carts. Read many reviews and everyone seems to have very differing opinions on some of the same places. Would like reasonably priced clean place where we can continuously order until they have to wheel us out.

Would appreciate all responses from dim sum loving people.


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  1. Do you consider City View on Commercial Street "outside Chinatown"?

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    1. re: GH1618

      City View's pretty good, but I'm sure you can get better cheaper in the Richmond or Sunset.

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Then suggest something. My choices were City View and Koi Palace or Tai Wu but both are just south of the line and I'm not sure of the carts at Tai Wu.

        1. re: wolfe

          There are carts at Tai Wu, but City View is as good and more convenient.

    2. Don't want the whole Chinatown experience - just great dim sum anywhere else in San Francisco that still has carts rather than the menu with pictures.

      Thanks again

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      1. re: dogface

        "Don't want the whole Chinatown experience"
        I'm not sure what that means. I could not tell the difference between my last Chinatown dim sum and Koi Palace. I was warned at both places they might call my # in Cantonese, they were both mobbed but the parking was easier in Daly City.

        1. re: wolfe

          Just trying to avoid parking issues and higher costs associated with Chinatown. Looking for a neighborhood setting which is easier for the group of seven with three cars.

          1. re: dogface

            I was led to believe that the cost of dim sum was higher outside of Chinatown, Yank Sing and Koi Palace being the examples. Parking was free in Daly City but damn hard to find for 3 cars in the avenues sometimes.

            1. re: dogface

              City View might be a good choice, parking's usually easy on Sundays since the Financial District is deserted and the parking meters aren't running. It's not as cheap as the places in the highly competitive Richmond and Sunset districts, but parking can be a challenge out there.

        2. A couple of months ago, we went to "Hung To Seafood" in South San Francisco and I was really impressed. I've been there before and liked it, but last time it was really, really good. They have a parking lot, but it does get crowded there. Our strategy is to go early.

          Sorry, I have no help within SF. It's just too hard to park so we don't even try.

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          1. re: whinendine

            Hung To is good. If dogface is on the Peninsula or in the East Bay, it doesn't make sense to drive into SF for dim sum.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Is there dim sum in Oakland worth eating? Richmond, emeryville, alameda ... but anything in oakland anymore?

              1. re: bbulkow

                Legendary Palace is excellent, but nearly impossible parking and long waits on weekends.

                Legendary Palace
                708 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94607

                1. re: ernie in berkeley

                  How is Peony?
                  I was going to ask about First Cake but even Yers don't like it.

                  1. re: wolfe

                    on the weekend, the kitchen can't produce enough dim sum. result you sit for an hour at least without getting all your favs. you get full by ordering the chow mein, chow fun, etc.

                    1. re: shanghaikid

                      I guess that means it's good or is it the only game in town.

                      1. re: shanghaikid

                        I was at Peony on Sunday, and sadly I have to take it off of my list as the top dim sum in E Bay. Dumpling wrappers were no better than what you can get at the various takeout places. Seemed to be a lot more prepared food choices (stuffed peppers/eggplants, meats, chicken feet) and sweets than dumplings. I'm not sure I ever saw a cart with har gow, siu mai go by. Cha siu bao was good though. Overall the food seemed to lack the finesse that I remembered from last visits although that was some time ago. We got there at 10a and the dining room was half empty. By the time we left @ 1115-1130, there still were no lines queued up. CNY prep or something I don't know?

                    2. re: ernie in berkeley

                      No need to park. Chinatown is a short walk from BART.

                        1. re: dogface

                          On the contrary, everyone who is contemplating driving to Oakland Chinatown has the option of driving to a BART station with sufficient parking instead.

                          1. re: GH1618

                            It's physically possible to drive to BART and take the train to Oakland for dim sum, but you'll get more bang for your buck if you just drive to East Ocean Seafood or one of the mall-land places.

                            1. re: Robert Lauriston

                              you also get more msg for your buck at east ocean.

                    3. re: bbulkow

                      I've enjoyed the dim sum at East Ocean in Alameda. They have carts.

                      1. re: TopoTail

                        Yeah, East Ocean is why I don't keep up with the Oakland dim sum scene.

                        1. re: TopoTail

                          ...and plenty of parking.

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

                          1. re: Civil Bear

                            Hong Kong East Ocean in Emeryville is not the same (quality or restaurant) as East Ocean in Alameda. Still plenty of parking in Alameda.

                            1. re: Civil Bear

                              Yeah, no connection between East Ocean Seafood and HK East Ocean, the two are about as unlike as two dim sum places can be. The menu at EAS is so similar to Yank Sing's and has so many of YS's oddball dishes that I suspect the chef worked there.

                              East Ocean Seafood
                              1713 Webster St, Alameda, CA 94501

                    4. Mayflower in the Richmond district of SF sounds like it may fit your bill. it is out of any real Chinatown business districts. They do not have cart service but do have tray service.
                      They have some great stuff, 腐皮捲, fu pei gyun wraped with a fresh rice noodle sheet is one of my favorite as well as the stir-fried radish cake with egg and preserved vegetable, Lo Bak Goh Chow.

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                      1. re: chefj

                        thanks, but the family really likes the cart aspect of the dim sum experience...see it - eat it

                        1. re: dogface

                          Trays are the same experience. They don't have room for carts.

                          1. re: Windy

                            We often take a few kids to S&T on Noriega & 33rd(ish). Parking is easy, food is delicious and cheap. Trays, not carts and checkoff menus. No photos. The pumpkin with egg yolk is especially good. Close to the beach, GG Park, and the zoo.

                            S&T Hong Kong Seafood Restaurant
                            2578 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122

                        2. re: chefj

                          I recently waited 45 minutes on a weekday for takeout from Mayflower. Not sure if that's typical. On the plus side, parking was easy, food very good.

                        3. Haven't been there since they changed hands a couple of years ago, but didn't Hong Kong Flower Lounge in Millbrae have carts?

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                          1. re: RWCFoodie

                            Yes, carts and trays, with a mix of ordering from the menu and pointing at what's rotating on the floor. They're now owned by the Mayflower people, who spun off from the original HKFL 15+ years ago.