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Restaurant Canton (San Francisco CA)
||655 Folsom Street,|
San Francisco, CA
Reviewed by: Jacqueline M. Newman
Fall Volume: 2007 Issue: 14(3) page: 33
This restaurant was voted the best dim sum restaurant in the bay area. It is really busy at the noon hour, so much so, se were invited to leave one day when gabbing after lunch. There were hoards waiting for tables at this place which is half a block from the conference facility known as San Francisco's Moscone Center.
We did enjoy being able to select from the usual carts that patrol the aisles, and using a page to select items not spotted on these women-perambulated-wagons. Folks at the next table were asking each other if men ever pushed them. Anyone ever seen a male dim sum cart operator?
While listening to them and enjoying the wonderful aromas wafting by, we selected Lotus Leaf with Rice, Steamed Shrimp Dumpling with Celentro (their menu spelling), Crispy Roast Duck, and an excellent Lobster Lo Mein. Though the selection titles and the visuals on those carts looked like the usual, quite a few were a cut above.
Went back later, reasonably close to dinner time when the crowds were gone, the place almost empty. The staff could not have been more accommodating considering we ordered some dim sum items we did not have earlier that day. The Shark's Fin Meat Dumpling in Supreme Broth was top of the line, the Crystal Chicken Feet were wonderful, and the Golden Egg Custard flaky was fantastic, as was the Braised Eight Precious Bean Cake in clay pot, and the Rock Cod Fillets w/Greens.
Not everything here is Cantonese, but everything is well prepared. We did enjoy all, but not the huge barn-like room that seemed cozy when crowded but barren when we returned closer to dinner time.