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House of Banquets--Deja Vu All Over Again

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House of Banquets--Deja Vu All Over Again

Chandavkl | Jun 13, 2008 10:55 PM

It was the 1980s, I had never been on Clement St. before and my children were with us on their first vacation ever. It was lunch time and we ended up in a Chinese restaurant setting we had never encountered before, a second floor dining room with a beautiful full floor to ceiling glass window overlooking the street. I found it so impressive I took a picture of my kids in front of the window, and the dim sum was quite enjoyable. This lunch at the uniquely named King of China restaurant was something that always stuck in my memory. For whatever reason, that location turned into a Russian restaurant probably in the 1990s though I always thought about King of China every time I went by. I actually tend to avoid dining on Clement St. because of the difficulty in parking, but driving on Clement this evening I spotted a parking space on the street, which on a Friday night I equate to winning the lottery, so I quickly pulled in and took advantage of the opportunity to take a walk up the street. I walked several blocks and started to return to my car when I noticed a Chinese restaurant had reappeared at 919 Clement St. Walking into House of Banquets was like walking back in time as everything seems to be as I remembered it twenty something years ago. One would have never known most of the intervening years were spent as a Russian restaurant. Being by myself, I only ordered one dish, the sole with spicy salt, which was excellent, probably one of the best versions of this dish I've had. Since the discussions on this board have only touched on their dim sum, I'd be interested if there were any other comments on the dinner fare here.

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