My dad, grandfather, and grandmother will be visiting SF for the first time over Memorial Day weekend and I'm trying to arrange for one very nice Chinese seafood dinner. My dad is a huge aficionado of live and exotic seafood. As a point of reference, he goes to Sea Harbor on Rosemead in LA's San Gabriel Valley so often that they have a table set aside for him, so I'm trying to choose a restaurant capable of comparing favorably to what many consider to be one of the best Cantonese seafood/banquet restaurant in Southern California. http://www.yelp.com/biz/sea-harbour-s...
Can anyone comment on Koi Palace with respect to fresh seafood, selection of live, exotic seafood choices, and overall preparation? I think the most important factor will be availability of seafood options not often seen in the US (i.e., more than the lobsters, crabs, geoduck, live shrimp, etc. that most good Chinese seafood restaurants will carry.) KP came to mind because I recall (and Yelp pictures confirm) that KP sometimes has Mantis Shrimp, and I'm hoping that it will have that and other similarly rare items when we go. See: http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/kn2iEL... . Of course, preparation and service are important too.
If anyone has been to Sea Harbor in LA and Koi Palace and would be able to make a comparison, that would be great, but I know that's a lot to ask. If you have a negative experience or impression of KP, I'd also appreciate getting recommendations for alternatives within a 30 minute drive of the Union Square area fitting the parameters described above. I've only been to KP for dimsum and know that quality at dimsum is not necessarily representative of dinner.
- Pei's husband
Koi Palace Restaurant
365 Gellert Blvd, Daly City, CA 94015