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$16.99/3 dish special, D&A Cafe, Clement St., SF

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$16.99/3 dish special, D&A Cafe, Clement St., SF

Pancho | Aug 1, 2005 01:58 PM

Pluses:

Surprisingly light hand with tofu (soft tofu with chicken and preserved fish, fried tofu with preserved scallop).

First rate fresh chicken (hainan chicken).

Strong rendition of salt and pepper spareribs (the teenage critic said 'Not greasy. Not too many jalapenos. No more for you, Dad.')

Excellent steamed Chinese broccoli.

Generous (and very good) serving of rock cod with black bean sauce.

Extensive bubble tea menu (favored by teenagers, not me)

Free soup. Lots of tea.

Skinny check ($50 for 6).

Minuses:

Crowded (natch) at 7PM Saturday nite

Overworked waitstaff (tip big)

Clean (relatively), indifferent decoration.

Poor steamed rice (?reheated)

Local parking is tough

We're going back. Haven't eaten dinner at the Oakland Chinatown branch of this restaurant, but lunches there have been similar in quality. Oakland space, if anything, is even funkier.

Pancho

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