Dim Sum Sax

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I picked up a lady that wanted to go up to San Francisco have a quick lunch at Yank Sing Restaurant and then return back to San Jose. A 100 mile round trip with at least an hour waiting time; not a bad taxi fare for me.

I asked her why would she go that far just for lunch. She answered, “For the best dim sum ever.” She also said it was a squeaky clean restaurant.

Yank Sing is at 49 Stevenson, a one way alley of a street, between 1st and 2nd. I couldn’t find a parking spot so I just pulled over as far to the left as I could, closed my eyes and listened to a street musician playing some great sax.

5 Comments so far

  1. cd (unregistered) on January 24th, 2006 @ 4:12 am

    Wow, that’s the only dim sum place i’ve ever been too and it IS really good. Glad to know we’d picked a winner!

  2. anna (unregistered) on January 24th, 2006 @ 3:39 pm

    It’s very expensive, and while it’s “clean,” it’s also not the authentic experience. In real dim sum cafes you share a table with other diners. For a less expensive, clean, and more authentic alternative, check out Cityview on Commercial Street.

    Yank Sing doesn’t make their food on the premises, it’s brought in. I used to work in the office building above, as well as being a huge lover of dim sum.

    If you are open to fresh, recently made (clean in my opinion) check out the numerous dim sum small shops on Stockton Street. For about two dollars you can get an amazingly filling, tasty lunch.

  3. Nicole Lee (unregistered) on January 26th, 2006 @ 10:05 am

    While Yank Sing may be good, it’s definitely not the best dim sum ever. There are better options at smaller dim sum cafes in the Richmond district (where the waiters don’t have uniforms and the tables aren’t draped in white cloth). There’s also a really good one in Daly City called Koi Palace. In comparison, Yank Sing is really the tourist’s destination for dim sum, not the place that locals generally hang out.

  4. joann Landers (unregistered) on January 26th, 2006 @ 11:26 am

    I didn’t get to try the food at Yank Sing. I just had to sit out in my taxi with some peanuts and a diet Coke. Maybe my customer was really there for a clandestine meeting and not for the dim sum?

  5. L (unregistered) on February 21st, 2006 @ 7:07 pm

    Warning, this place is an expensive lunch. The waitresses are super aggressive about plopping more items on the table and stamping the bill. They don’t really ask if you want an item. Being surprised with a $30+ bill when you’re with a group, and haven’t eaten much, is *not* cool.

    Good food, but too pushy.

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