Well, I finally got to Shio Lung Kuo (sp) at 930 Race Street after hearing so many raves here on the Board.
MOre than lived up to expectations. But, there is another reason to eat early besides avoiding high noise levels. By 5:30pm we got the last table for four; by 5:45 the tiny place was packed. And even then the noise level was not a problem.
The first special hot pot (possibly $11.95) was chock full of squid, shrimp, chicken, tofu, black mushrooms, veggies in a tasty sauce. Enough for 2 easily. I ordered a mild version of chicken, scallops and lots of other things in a very tasty, and slightly spicy sauce that I really enjoyed--perhaps $9.95, and very ample. Soups were a cut above the usual; fried dumplings were unique--must have been some egg in the dough, swimming in tasty sauce with lots of scallions. 8 of these juicy dumplings for $4! PLate of watercress and garlic was mighty tasty and ample for $6.95.
MOst of the patrons were Asian--always a good sign. People waiting in line patiently. AVoid that; come early. Eager to return.