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Jul 5, 2013 06:32 PM

Dim sum in San Francisco

I tried to find a recommended place today in The Richmond, but no luck. Any recommendations for Saturday lunch?

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    1. re: chefj

      I did not see these threads, thank you.

    2. I don't know if Ton Kiang, 5821 Geary Blvd., is the best, but it is certainly one of the busiest dim sum places in the Richmond district.

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      1. re: DavidT

        And Golden River is just a few doors down. Not *quite* as good, but only by a little. It's also not nearly as crowded and rarely has a wait/lines like Ton Kiang.

        Oh, and much cheaper! It's my favorite place in the Richmond.

        1. re: Violatp

          In my experience, Ton Kiang is popular with Caucasian customers, while most everyone dining at Golden River is Asian, usually ethnic Chinese. We invariably eat at Golden River, and are perfectly satisfied with the dim sum there.

          1. re: Tripeler

            Actually, many of my ethnic Chinese friends and I enjoy Ton Kiang more than Golden River, having eaten at both and are more than happy to pay the little extra for better ambiance, service and quality at TK.

      2. Not many inner Richmond eat-in places come to mind - Tong Palace, next to House of Banquet; (outer) HK Flower Lounge, Ton Kiang, Golden River. Lots of take out places all along Clement.

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        1. re: Sarah

          Ton Kiang has the distinction of serving us the best and the most expensive dimsum we have ever eaten, and having the longest line we've ever waited in. It was $45 Cdn per person ($30 US at the time), and it was six years ago but I still remember that meal, especially the dim-sum portioning and presentation of Peking duck (!).

        2. I recently re-visited Ton Kiang for a dim sum lunch with my mother the friday after christmas.
          We arrived just before 3pm and there were plenty of available tables. The dim sum was all very fresh and they accomodated a special request for off the menu chinese broccoli promptly.

          My vegetarian rice roll was a highlight- mushroom heavy minced filling and sliced so the soy based sauce ontop (poured tableside after asking if i wanted it) was great.
          I loved the simple cucumber salad- lots of minced garlic and i think a rice wine vinegar. Very refreshing and hard to stop eating.
          The green beans were perfectly cooked with a bite to the texture and a tiny bit of heat to them.
          My mother was delighted with her shrimp dumplings and the tinfoil chicken, we shared the spinach with garlic that was very good yet had too much oil.
          Although we had some leftovers the bill was an unpleasant surprise! No prices are listed on the dim sum "decoder" menu, and in nyc where i live dim sum is always stupid cheap.
          The vegetable dishes were $6 each!!! Those added up in a hurry....
          My parents love this place and go with some frequency, the meal was very good- just beware of the over priced veggies!

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          1. re: Ttrockwood

            They were $6 each because they were not dim sum items. They are regular menu items.