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Dim sum at South Sea Seafood Village in SF? Plus a recent dinner

Fine | Jun 13, 200411:59 PM     1

Has anyone tried the dim sum here?

We had dinner here the other evening and I found the food fair to delicious, the service way off. (Spoke to one of the managers, who recognized us as previous dinner guests, and she thanked me and assured me the lapses would not reoccur.)

My favorite was a special of salt and pepper anchovy eggplant (that may not be the exact name), which consisted of French-frylike strips of deep-fried molten eggplant dotted with bits of garlic, chile, amd anchovy. My comments were,"This is what tempura tries to be," and, "These would make anyone forget about French fries."

The cooked live spot prawns lacked ocean sweetness; the chef's special boiled chicken was the same old boiled chicken one gets in any Cantonese restaurant or noodle place--OK but not "special"; my better half's fave, Steamed Minced Pork with Salted Fish was livened by some crunchy goodies combined in the pork (radishlike bits plus some mushroom,if memory serves me); and Fresh Mustard Greens with Black Mushrooms was OK (but awfully diffiuclt for a Westerner to manage with chopsticks).

Hard to put my finger on it. We were the last customers--though we arrived about 45 minutes before official closing time--and it just felt like the kitchen wasn't giving its all.

Prices are so high on the seafood items we just passed on most.

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