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Apr 17, 2012 08:20 PM

Cafe Yulong in Mountain View is closing

Various yelpers in their recent reviews have mentioned this. Though there is no sign on the window indicating a new owner application as noted by one yelper when I went today, a wait staff there confirmed the news. A heads up to those who will miss it like I do.

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  1. sad. i've heard reports of inconsistency in recent years, but back when i was living in palo alto, that was one of my regular noodle spots.

    1. End of an era. Think that's where I first had fish dumplings.

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      1. re: Chandavkl

        we live down the street. they have great dough based products (noodles and dumplings). they have that "q" springiness that i love. but i always wondered how they stayed in business because they were never more than 30 - 40% full, even during peak weekend hours. it's too bad and i'll miss it. i did see a sign up for a new owner, but not sure what will happen.

        1. re: FattyDumplin

          I feel the same way as Chandavkl, this is where I had my first fish dumplings, iirc.

          FattyDumplin, you might want to see if you can get frozen dumplings to tide you over. Also, Yulong's son runs the East on Monday truck, that used to do a pop-up at Yulong but discontinued a couple months ago. Maybe he can provide more info.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            That is the single best food truck.
            I never got into Yulong because I didn't like the weight of their skins.

            1. re: bbulkow

              Then you must have a Cantonese palate. :) My mother can't abide the thick chewy skins on handmade Shandong shui jiao either.

      2. Cafe Yulong will close after dinner service on Sunday, 4/29/12. Dinner last night was wonderful and the front dining room was 80% full at 7 p.m.

        Still no sign in windows...continuing their dignified presence to the end it seems. I hope many Chowhounds will come here for a meal before this place is gone. Cafe Yulong deserves it.

        Edited to correct date to 4/29/12 (thank you, drewskiSF)

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        1. re: anyhow

          your date (4/9) has already passed. can you verify? thx!

        2. Bummer. When I lived in Los Altos this place was in my regular rotation. Loved the dumplings and everything was always flavorful and carefully prepared. Nice people, too. We went back last week after easily a three-year hiatus and now I'm really glad we did. So long, Yulong.

          1. By the way, if you're missing the Cafe Yulong style of dumplings, give iDumplings in Redwood City a try. Thick skins, good taste, and a very pleasant little shop where you can get to know the owner. Cheap too, at about $7 for a massive plate.

            Right near the corner of broadway and El Camino.

            (Restaurant Roulette RWC has started)

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            1. re: bbulkow

              Weird, but a number of people have referred to the thick skins, but one of the reasons I really liked Yulong was that the skins were very delicate. Not as thick as most, yet they had the right chew and texture to give you the sense of being substantial, without actually being heavy. I compare that to the fish dumplings I get from the MV farmers market. They aren't bad, but the skins are definitely thicker and not quite as well made. Anyways, just one man's view.

              1. re: FattyDumplin

                I hope you'll try the iDumpling example. I found them really tasty.