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Riverside Seafood Restaurant - don't go for dim sum!

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Riverside Seafood Restaurant - don't go for dim sum!

anna | Dec 31, 2005 07:46 PM

Just went to Riverside in the Sunset for dim sum today. This will never happen again! There are quite a few mediocre dim sum places in SF, but this one definitely stood out as being the worst I've been. Here are what we had:

Steamed pork spareribs - very little flavor, little too starchy
XLB - not a drop of liquid inside
Spring rolls - filled w/ mainly carrot
Pan fried rice noodle roll - not sure it's even pan fried, lack any trace of browning or crispiness, rice roll was sticky and drowned in a tasteless brown sauce
Curry fish ball - there's more potatoes than fish balls, the sauce has a faint hint of coconut milk and no curry taste at all
Salt & pepper tofu - they were nice and crispy, but lack the salt & pepper part
Ice taste chicken feet - they have nice texture to them but again, lack taste, no hint of vinegar or chili
Fried shrimp ball & baked bbq pork buns - I didn't eat any but my husband said they weren't good

The only items that I found to be average were the Chinese donut wrapped in rice roll and smoked pork shank.

Prices at the restaurant varies. They have 20 dim sum items as specials priced at $1.60. The other dim sum ranges from $2.00 per plate to $4.80. There's also a variety of chow mein, fried rice and entrees. I would not consider the prices low for those items. There are also a variety of claypot rice at ridiculous prices, starting from $16!

I don't know if the restaurant was having an "off" day or it's just not very good. Either way, we won't be dining there again.

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