The place known as Tin's Teahouse (corner of 7th and Webster) has morphed into Gourmet Delight Seafood Restaurant. It was packed full of Chinese patrons on Saturday night, and all I could get was the paper menu. It has the standard dishes on it, plus some that sound more interesting. The tanks against the back wall were full of spot prawns, crabs, and fish. The place is very "alive", with bright lights, mirrors on every vertical surface, and tile floors, but it did not seem too loud (from my brief visit).
One part of the menu is "rice clay pot" which is a favorite of mine. But I suppose seafood is the main priority here.
A friend who was there for dim sum said it was good, but the service was leisurely (not the in'n'out she was used to at Tin's).
Gourmet Delight Seafood Restaurant
701 Webster Street
Chef Lau's has changed ownership again. We went there for a while years ago, but then it changed hands (one brother bought the other one out, or so it was reported by Ms Wong). It was rumored to have gone downhill. However, there are big signs all over saying "Grand Opening," complete with red-garlanded plants outside and a change of liquor license in the window. It was packed with Chinese folks on Saturday night. The menu I obtained looks the same as the previous one. But the fish prices looked cheap. It's a small place by comparison with some of the other restaurants.
Saturday night was not an auspicious time if you were a live fish in Oakland Chinatown.
Chef Lau's Chinese Seafood
310 8th Street (corner of Harrison)