I ate at San Tung for the 2nd time tonight....we were a party of 6, arrived at 6:30 PM or so, got the table in the small, back private room. One of our party arrived late, so we ordered appetizers as we waited for her: vegetable potstickers and meat potstickers, both fried. Service was great up until this point, then started going downhill a bit.
The potstickers were good. The veggie were a bit boring in terms of filling, but the meat potstickers were great. It took quite a while to attract the attention of a waiter who would take our order....a waiter even came to ask us if we were ready...we said yes and then he left and another waiter came back about 7 minutes later.
We shared (mostly based on recs from chowhound posts):
Small hot and sour soup. I really like this soup, pretty simple, homemade tasting. A small bowl was perfect for 4 of us to each have a small cup.
Spinach with bean thread: Very nice dish, good spinach, lots of garlic. I saw this on another table on my first visit, glad I got to order it this time.
Noodles with black bean sauce: I wished this dish was a bit more flavorful....the sauce didn't taste like much at all. I enjoyed the homemade noodles, nice chewy texture. I liked the little chunks of beef and what I think was taro.
Dried Bean Curd cold appetizer: Generous serving of thinly sliced pieces of marinated bean curd, nice light soy based sauce.
Dry Fried Chicken Wings: Very good, sweet and sticky and delicious.
Braised Bean Curd: Nice pieces of tofu and some good veggies in a far too gloopy sauce. Definitely my least favorite, which is too bad, cause I think it would be easy for them to make this dish much better.
Service continued to be bad for the rest of the evening, though it didn't matter much. We asked for water, and a waiter specifically asked us how many waters we wanted....we told him 6. He noted this and it seemed like he was about to get the water, but he never came back. Oh well. As someone in a previous post mentioned, this is a place to come for eating (and not much else). Next time I'd probably just stick to dumplings, chicken and green vegetables with garlic.
P.S. Also tried the gelato at the place on 9th Av between Irving and Judah, I tasted a banana-rum-brownie gelato which was okay, but ordered chocolate and hazelnut. I tasted a friend's pumpkin which was very good. Pretty nice gelato but nothing out of this world. I forget what this place is called though.
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