Yank Sing 12/29 or 30 -- Questions [SF]
Meeting an old friend for a weekend. She's picking me up at SFO Sat. 12/29 at 10:15 (I'll have no checked baggage) and we'll be dressed casual. Thinking of heading to Yank Sing for a dim sum brunch.
-- Reservation for two at 11? 11:15? 11:30?
-- Which one? Rincon Center or Stevenson?
-- best dishes?
-- Better option? note that this is a case where good service and being able to talk may outweigh the food. and i have simple sim sum tastes anyway (don't like fish eggs). i love potstickers/fried dumplings/shrimp in rice dumplings
another possibility is the Tartine bakery. or maybe even the Ferry Bldg???
ideas for brunch on Sunday? we're staying downtown, off Market.
For Yank Sing, I would choose the Rincon Center location and ask to sit outside in the rotunda area. Much easier to talk than inside the restaurant. I would go at 11:30 or 11:45 - there's a more varied selection as the day progresses. I've enjoyed everything I've had there. Just know that it will be pricey!
From SFO, instead of waiting until you get to the city, I'd suggest going to Koi Palace in Daly City instead. Better food, closer to airport (to eat sooner), and a more memorable experience.
re: Robert Lauriston
I just returned from there 2 weeks ago and was steered to the Rincon Center with a reservation at 11:30 and only a small (5 minute) wait for a table.
However, it was strongly suggested to me that the rotunda is definitely NOT the place to be due to the bad odor coming from the fountain, so I really don't know what to suggest because inside it is a miasma of activity, so I guess you're darned if you do and darned if you don't.
Also it was suggested by a regular to keep away from lots of the deep fried choices and opt for the steamed stuff instead.
I had vegetarian steamed dumplings and was not disappointed. Also ordered soup noodles off the menu.
It's an experience and lots of fun ... but noisy!
Yeah, I avoid the rotunda because sometimes there's a weird smell and/or noisy kids playing. I don't find the dining room too noisy, don't have to raise my voice to be heard.
I never order the deep-fried things except taro dumplings, but that's not specific to Yank Sing. I just learned in the first few years of eating dim sum that I preferred the steamed items.
Thank you for all the help. Visit seems to have fallen thru, so I'll keep the information for future reference.
If any of you needs help with (westside especially) L.A., please don't hesitate to ask -- and invite me to join you! ;-)