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Fung Shang Cafe - San Mateo

Wendy-san | Feb 23, 2003 09:10 PM

This Chinese/Western cafe opened recently in downtown San Mateo and we had dinner there tonight. It has an eclectic menu of everything from linguine with shrimp, garlic, chili and white wine Sauce to won ton noodle soup to grilled ribeye steak. I'm guessing that it might be the type of trendy cafe you'd find in Hong Kong, but I can't be sure since I've never been there. :-)

Anyway, we had the following dishes and all were excellent:

Won Ton Noodle Soup - The won tons were okay, but the noodles (handmade) were quite good and the closest thing to ramen I've had in a Chinese restaurant. The broth was soy sauce colored and mild with a good flavor. Adding to the eclectic nature, the soup was served in miso soup bowls you'd get at a Japanese restaurant.

Gan Pong Chicken - A huge plate of small chunks of deep fried chicken with a delightful vinegary/garlicky, yet slightly sweet flavor. Sprinkled with chili peppers.

Five Spice Pok Chop - This reminded us of the Japanese fried pork dish tonkatsu except more delicate and without sauce. A garnish of rose-shaped tomatoes and great kim-chee was an added bonus.

Fung Shang Fried Rice - This seemed like a Yang Zhou Fried Rice, but that was on the menu as well so I'm not sure what the difference would be. Anyway, it had wonderful large pieces of beef and shrimp mixed in fluffy, non-greasy fried rice.

The flavors were all very refined, as was the atmosphere. Trendy/elegant with fancy plates with geometric designs as well as DVD concert videos shown on a big screen. They also offer a number of desserts including pearl teas, tiramisu, cheese cake, ice cream, smoothies and a full range of coffee drinks. Looks like it could also be a fun place to go after a movie, now that downtown San Mateo finally has a multiplex cinema.

Fung Shang Cafe
111 East 4th Avenue
San Mateo
650-685-4633
Sunday - Thursday: 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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