Our January Dinner, hosted by LJ and DS, took place at this restaurant at the edge of San Franciscos Chinatown, which was in the midst of celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year, the Year of the Monkey. The Lounge, a Hong-Kong style seafood house, was bustling for a Sunday, with a private party occupying most of the top floor. So, we headed downstairs for a more intimate, and certainly down-home feeling. Our circular table (sans a lazy Susan, which would have been ideal!), was located at one corner of the lower dining room, basically under the stairs.
We began our dining at the R&G Lounge with a delicious soup featuring scallops, prawns & tofu. As we were finishing the soup, the rest of the dishes began to appear in a flurry, quickly filling the tabletop (see lazy-Susan comment above!). The live crab, simply seasoned with salt and pepper then deep fried, had been highly recommended and did not disappoint. The legs had been pre-cracked, making getting at the buttery crabmeat relatively simple and not too messy. We all loved this dish. The team sea bass, served over a ginger sauce, had a gentle taste. JJ liked the clams with black bean sauce a little better, while the Diners were split on the deep-fried oysters with ginger and onion. The only turf dish we sampled was the Mu Shu pork, which was fine, though not a particularly outstanding version of this dish. The meal was accompanied by a vegetable dish (a wonderfully garlicky bok choi) and House fried noodles with a variety of seafood (prawns, calamari, and scallops), pork, and bok choi. Our meal was finished with a sweet, though relatively light, coconut pudding with red beans. Overall, this was a winning experience!