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Apr 1, 2013 11:49 AM

Hong Kong Flower Lounge vs The Kitchen in Millbrae

I'm trying to arrange a dim sum rendez-vous for folks who'll be taking the train to Millbrae. None of us are super savvy dim sum eaters, but we're pretty adventuresome and enjoy savoring delicious bites. In searching the board, it looks like The Kitchen and HKFL are popular, but I don't see many recent reports.

Would very much appreciate opinions on which restaurant (and dishes) you like and/or links to helpful reports I've missed. And if there are other options I've missed, I'd love to hear about them too.


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  1. I haven't been in a very long time, but at Hong Kong Flower Lounge I really liked the wontons that came from a specific cart that would come around. See more in this old report: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/454963

    I'd also be curious if anyone has had these lately!

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    1. re: Dave MP

      Thanks Dave! Hmm, looks like my crew and I will need to just choose one and keep good notes so we can update info ourselves. Oh the horror. :-)

      1. re: miss louella

        I hope you report back on whichever place you choose, since I'm definitely interested in hearing updates on both places!

    2. We have gone to HKFL recently and they are very good (improved since several years ago). We do not frequent the Kitchen due to service issues. During dinner hours (early eveing, 6 pm-ish) they asked us if we can finish within one hour before they'll seat us. This happened twice. So there is no third time.

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      1. re: PeterL

        Yikes, thanks for the warning! Any favorite dishes at HKFL?

        1. re: miss louella

          I go to HKFL fairly often for dim sum.

          Favorites: crispy rice noodles with xo sauce, egg custard buns, mochi with black sesame, the steamed to order wontons Dave mentioned below, sometimes the suckling pig, chive dumplings, steamed pork buns.

          Sit in the middle of the room, or not at the far edge, so you can see the carts and trays coming out of the kitchen. Also go during prime hours (11-1).