If you read the post below regarding Fog City Diner, you already know the players of the grand family adventure - my family who was here for the weekend. The key to the group was my 82 & 83 year old grandparents, who were ready for 'good chinese food'. Last week, I posted a question to this board asking for a recommendation for 'Americanized' chinese food - not too authentic, and a place where they could go and get their favorite Westernized dishes ... the answer resoundingly from this board was Empress of China.
The first thing that one notices in going to this restaurant is the fantastic view. It was close to sundown, and we were all totally enraptured with the cityscape.
Empress of China was a perfect recommendation for our crowd. My favorite dishes were the Egg Flower Soup (I cannot pinpoint what made it delicious, but it was a standout for me) and the Szechuan Beef. Other dishes included sauteed chinese broccoli, chicken chow mein, sweet and sour pork, beef with snow peas, sauteed bean sprouts, and others that I am sure that I am forgetting. There was not a miss among the list, and we ended up requesting an additional order of s/s pork. For the price, this was not the heaping piles of food that I expect from other Chinese restaurants in this city. The service was excellent, and there was constant attention to our table. Everyone left the dinner very happy.
For true connisseurs, I wouldn't recommend this place over other delicious Chinese restaurants in this city, but it was perfect given the constraints that I was working under. $180, with tip, for 6 people - including cocktails and dessert. Thanks for the great rec!
Empress of China
838 Grant Ave
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: (415) 434-1345
Fax: (415) 986-1187