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Mission 261

ai | Feb 15, 2004 06:38 PM

For the last three weekends I have been visiting this Chinese restaurant on Mission Drive for dimsum. My experiences has been a little like Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The first time we arrived when it opened at 9 a.m., so the kitchen took about half an hour to start taking orders but my companion and I were quite satisfied with our first experience ordering dimsum (such as black cod dumplings + sticky rice in lotus leaf) from a menu that Superbowl Sunday. Last week was the best because we were able to order dishes such as choi sum (yummy vegetable topped with whole soft garlic) or duckling, that were only available from the after-10:30 menu.

This afternoon we started eating around noon, but service was slow because of all the people -- as we were straightening out our complaints, we noticed that parties started to wait in the lobby. My boyfriend started making excuses for the waitstaff when one walked away with my steamer tin of butterfly veggie dumpling a second before picked it up with my chopsticks [I was facing it and my chopsticks were on top of the container...]. A waitress who came with the wrong rice noodle dish never replaced the order. Servers did not return, so we didn't order our usual dessert course. We decided not to come back after we were charged about $600 for a vegetable dish that was supposed to be $6.95 (they tried to bill us for #87, which was not even listed on the dimsum menu we were using). I feel so disappointed.

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