As if this board needed more dim sum discussion! Tanya, her father, and I spent a lovely Saturday morning at the farmers market on the Embarcadero this Saturday morning. After that we trekked over to the Richmond to pick up a few final notions. At this point we were very ready for lunch. We decided we would try a dim sum place that we hadn't tryed yet. The Chinese Harvest Restaraunt(1829 Clement) got the nod.
This isn't for someone who wants the often debated "cart" experiance. We ordered of the menu (they have a seperate dim sum menu, so ask for it!) This may not be the traditional method of service, but the end justified the means. There will be no complaints about cold tough dumplings. The shrimp dumplings were piping hot and perfectly cooked. The savory puff patry with ham was super. A crispy exterior giving way to tender pastry and rich ham. The star was the braised beef in sesame puff bread. I'm not a great fan of most Asian desserts, but I managed to finish my portion of taro pudding with date puree.
This place is not somewhere to go for the "traditional" dim sum brunch. If you will feel cheated by the lack of carts or trays to select you little treasues off of, don't go. If you are searching for tasty meal, served fresh and hot, give it a go.