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San Diego: Imperial Mandarin: An Oldie but a Goodie!

buddha | Oct 3, 200512:29 AM

I dont know why I decided to stop in this place but i am so glad I did!

I think I have only gone in this place maybe 2 times before. This restaurant has been in business in SD for 24 years! It is a traditional old school cantonese restaurant and serves live fish, crabs, lobster, etc. as well as Peking Duck too.

I decided on the Crab with Ginger and Scallion sauce. It was 5.99 lb. and came to 2 lbs. It was very simply done with a little bit of a thick sauce but very flavorful and the crab was cooked absolutely perfectly! Most places that serve crab or lobster tend to overcook them and the meat can get stringy and sometimes a little tough too. The timing of the cooking was absolutely great and the meat was extremely delicate and moist and not overcooked even one nanosecond!

The rice was served in a large open bowl and not in a covered container to keep it warm. If I return I actually may bring my own conatainer to keep the rice warm as I hate cold rice!

They also serve dim sum at all hours with a slight extra charge .30 after 4PM.

Dinners for 10 people are also extremely reasonable.

I will be coming back a lot more often now.

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