On Sunday morning we met for dinner at Capital in SF's Chinatown. This is an old time place that has a counter and seating for maybe 50? It was pretty full but we managed to snare the last family size table. We ordered the $68 menu and added one clay pot with oysters and roasted beef stew.
Started off with a pleasant soup with bits of this and that ( bbq pork, yellow chives, seafood, chicken, etc)
Clams with black bean sauce followed.
Then a mixed seafood stir fry: shrimp, scallops, top shell with celery, snow peas, carrot, etc...
An oxtail / beancurd clay pot
Steamed catfish with bean paste
Steamed chicken with scallion gravy
Crab with ginger and scallions
Mustard greens with toasted garlic
I might be missing one dish but I can't come up with it....
The oyster and beef stew clay pot was pretty savory. Liked the chicken preparation - cooked just a shade more than my ideal but still very moist and juicy. Overall, a good meal but not a memorable one (foodwise)....but that's enough sometimes and it's close to my Mom's house in Chinatown.
It was a decent value - not the monster platters that you used to find out at Best Panda but ......
We (8 of us) pretty much cleaned up - no leftovers this meal. A pretty relaxed place - not mobbed on this particular morning - no hungry diners standing over your shoulder waiting for you to finish.
The one dish they are famous for is the dry fried chicken wings - $5.90 ? for 15 of them. Saw many dishes of them coming out of the kitchen.
They also have a free two hour validation for the Portsmith Square Garage - 1 per table.
839 Clay Street (Tween Stockton & Grant)
SF CA 94108
Walking back to our car we stopped at Golden Gate Bakery - the egg custard tarts and the coconut tarts are still the best!