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Cafe Yulong in Mountain View is closing

ChowMulanno1 Apr 17, 2012 08:20 PM

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. possumspice RE: ChowMulanno1 Apr 17, 2012 08:24 PM

    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. Chandavkl RE: ChowMulanno1 Apr 17, 2012 10:14 PM

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

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        FattyDumplin RE: Chandavkl Apr 17, 2012 10:18 PM

        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.

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          Melanie Wong RE: FattyDumplin Apr 21, 2012 03:17 PM

          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
            bbulkow RE: Melanie Wong Apr 22, 2012 08:59 AM

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

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              Melanie Wong RE: bbulkow Apr 23, 2012 02:34 PM

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

      2. anyhow RE: ChowMulanno1 Apr 25, 2012 06:40 AM

        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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          drewskiSF RE: anyhow Apr 25, 2012 07:49 AM

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

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          ChewChew RE: ChowMulanno1 Apr 26, 2012 11:52 PM

          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. bbulkow RE: ChowMulanno1 Apr 29, 2012 09:19 PM

            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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              FattyDumplin RE: bbulkow Apr 29, 2012 09:59 PM

              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.

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                bbulkow RE: FattyDumplin Apr 30, 2012 12:13 PM

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

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