With top-notch help from Chowhound (thread linked below) my husband and I had a nice dinner at Joy in Foster City last night.
I'd heard that the decor was nothing special but I was pleasantly surprised to find a place with many nice calligraphy artworks on the walls and small lamps at most of the tables.
Of course we were given the English menu but I had printed out the translated menu by Robert Yu that Gary Soup had included in his post. The gentleman who waited on us (who spoke excellent English) wanted to know the website where I got the menu but I just ended up giving him the menu itself since I could easily print another at home.
We ordered Shanghai Soup dumplings (excellent) the giant gyoza (sorry, don't have the Robert Yu menu in front of me but it's mentioned in the thread), Shanghai al dente noodles (yes they were nice and chewy and reminded us of udon), the spicy pork belly (the waiter cautioned us that it was fatty, but we wanted that -- I believe it's kurobuta); and the stinky tofu clay pot.
All the food was very good, but I found I just didn't have a taste for the stinky tofu, but I'm glad I at least tried it because I'd heard about it forever on Chowhound. My husband likes Japanese natto (fermented soybeans) but he could only eat so much of the stinky tofu himself.
With three Tsing Tao beers plus steamed rice, the bill came to 49.00 before tip. I was a little surprised that it was that high and am not sure if the Robert Yu menu is up-to-date on prices. And the bill was in Chinese so I couldn't check.
We want to go back and try other dishes sometime. Bringing the translated Chinese menu was just what we needed and I recommend to any non-Chinese speakers that they do the same.
Thanks again, Chowhounds!
1495 Beach Park Blvd