To celebrate a nice run of business in the past 2 months, my sales assistant and I today made the trek to Clement from our offices on The Embarcadero. Our destination was lunch at Ocean Restaurant (726 Clement St.). Our goal was to eat a lot and eat well. Mission accomplished on all fronts.
Ocean has been discussed on several occasions here on the SFBA board for its lobster specials, and my asst. and I had partaken of the lobster lo mein lunch special some months ago. Though both he and I can pack away a good amount of grub when we're starving, we also realized on our last visit that it didn't make a whole lot of sense for both of us to order the lo mein special. We needed to keep some stomach space available for the dim sum!!
So here's what we ended up devouring:
1) Lobster lo mein ($9.95) - we split an order. Plenty of egg noodles and an OK amount of lobster. Gravy is thin but adds just enough flavor to complement both the noodles and lobster.
2) 2 lobsters special ($17.99) - my asst. and I agree that you can never have too much lobster. Same gravy sauce as used in the lo mein, with the odd piece of green onion for a slight contrast in flavor. I counted 2 heads, but didn't do a detailed accounting of whether we got the full complement of tails and claws. We were too busy scarfing this up.
3) Dim sum (varying prices, but all in the $2-$3 range) - all dim sum is pre-ordered and brought out to you. Steamed spare ribs were decent (Ocean's ribs aren't as tender or fatty as other places and also have the bones still attached). Ha gow were excellent, with plump shrimp and little in the way of other filler to detract from the excellent rice wrappers. Shrimp & scallop dumplings were OK, with the consistency of the filling more of a shrimp ball with scallop bits. Siu mai were tasty, though Ocean's style is more of a pork dumpling rather than a mixture of pork and shrimp. Sweet rice with chicken in lotus leaves (I think that was the title on the menu) were unremarkable. Only 2 came to the order, the rice was a bit too dry and the fillings weren't abundant enough.
Overall, another excellent lunch excursion to Ocean. Total before tip was $43.50 (we drank tea and water). Service was functional (although I had to chuckle when the server remarked "wow, you guys are having a lot of lobster" when she took our order), though requests for water refills, extra napkins and a fork (my asst. is not particularly adept with chopsticks) were filled fairly expediently.
Joe Bob says check it out!
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