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New Chinese in Hayward

Bryan Gros | Dec 18, 2003 10:20 AM

A couple weeks ago Rue de Main, the classic French place on Main Street, closed its door and re-opened as Rue de Main, a "modern" Chinese place. Stella Loi, co-owner for the last ten years, wanted to show her Asian Heritage. Plus, I don't think the heavy, classic French they were doing was really much of a draw.

The interior is the same, except for red tablecloths. Don't worry, they did keep the fabulous murals. The menu had dim sum for lunch and a dinner menu which features both "familiar" dishes like Mongolian Beef and sweet and sour pork, with more interesting dishes.

I didn't take any notes when I went a week and a half back, but the dishes were all very good. The food and ingredients seemed fresh, the sauces were bright, not heavy or corn-starchy. The lemon duck had crispy skin and meaty pieces of meat and a good balance of lemon and honey. The chinese broccoli was excellent. And the prices were reasonable--most dinner entrees were in the $7 - 10 range.

While the French restaurant always seemed like a special occasion restaurant, the new place is somewhere to stop by often. I hope they are successful.

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