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Call for help: Three Uncles coming to town...

Lillian Hsu | Jul 1, 200509:02 PM

Okay, chowhounds, here's my dilemma:

Three uncles from Taiwan are coming to town in a few weeks for my wedding. My mother has not seen all three of her brothers together for more than fifteen years. I'm looking for a restaurant where they can catch up and relax the night before the wedding. It doesn't have to be fancy but ambience is certainly a plus.

1) Should I go with Chinese food? They're used to good Chinese food in Taipei, so should I have them try something different like Italian (I'm thinking Oliveto) or Moroccan (Aziza?) I think my relatives are fairly adventurous, though they they don't like cheese.

2) If I do settle on Chinese, where should we go? I had originally wanted to take them to China Village, but with the departure of the chef, that's probably not the best idea. Saigon Seafood Harbor, in Richmond, is generally good but very noisy. Shanghai in Oakland Chinatown is tasty but a bit lacking in ambience. Should I consider places in SF Chinatown like Great Eastern or R&G Lounge?

Any other suggestions? Sahn Maru on Telegraph for the black goat stew? Ruen Pair for good solid Thai?
I'm going a bit crazy here with the options. Please help!

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