Seems like it's been awhile since everyone got all stirred up about this, so I'd like to throw this out for the New Year. I'm a recent transplant to the Bay from Toronto, which probably has the some of the best Chinese food in the world. I would know since I grew up in Hong Kong with foodie parents. I've been extremely disappointed by the "best" chinese places so far. I've tried several places for dinner in SF chinatown, universally bad, not innovative, and the hole-in-the-wall is totally not my thing since that seems to only attract guai-lo and elderly chinese people.
I've tried Koi Palace for dim sum, it is at best mediocre, and the price is pretty outrageous for what they serve you. Yank Sing is the best I've found so far, but it's still not excellent by any means, although all the items are fresh and is approaching the delicacy I would expect from dim sum. All the "offical" reviews seem to rank this place very highly, so I'm worried there's really no better places in the Bay. I have a car and will travel for better dim sum, I'm seriously suffering withdrawal. Any suggestions?