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“Outstanding Food in a cafeteria-like ambience”
Review of Koi Palace

Koi Palace
Ranked #3 of 223 Restaurants in Daly City
Price range: US$ 0 - US$ 40
Cuisines: Chinese, Seafood
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Good for: Child-friendly, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed 24 March 2016

As the restaurant opened for dinner, there was already a queue. As we enter, we were greeted by fish tanks on one wall, with various kinds of fish and crustaceans. One tank had just a couple of huge crabs (At least 2-3 feet diagonal!) The dining room is huge without any room dividers or other visual props, just an enormous hall with tables and chairs. The staff seems quite efficient, wearing earpieces and microphones and conversing with “mission control?” We were served gratis some peanuts and veggies. The menu was rather large, with many different options like small, medium, and large portions for suckling pit (the whole one costs $225). They also have a large dim sum choices. Not being dim sum fans, we ordered from the main menu – an order of Peking duck, fish maw and crab soup, Mongolian beef, and a small portion of suckling pig (we tried to order the pig jowl, but they had run out of it). Suffice it to say that the food was absolutely delicious! The Peking duck was the best we ever had – and we had many. The skin was crisp but tasty and the buns (pumpkin buns) were soft and delicate and not too large. The fish maw soup with crab meat was also outstanding and so were the beef and the suckling pig (crisp and tasty). We had Tsingtao beer for drinks, though they have a full bar (not sure if they’d make martini just right) In spite of the cafeteria like ambience, and the clang of dishes, the service was quite prompt and professional. If only they had a more upscale atmosphere and décor, I think they could really charge much more and still have a thriving business, though I suppose they’d not be serving as many of the 99%. Highly recommended for the food. We had reservations, but now sure how respected reservations are. Come early!

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Reviewed 1 March 2016

Excellent Dim Sum is what brings crowds to this restaurant near the Serramonte Shopping Center. Be aware though that the lines and the wait can be very long. It is a go-to destination for Chinese patrons, and the reasons are obvious. Beautiful selection of possibilities, explained also in English. It is delivered quickly and mostly efficiently (although a few courses were late or we had to remind the staff that had been ordered). It's not cheap, and you don;t know what the final tally is until you get the check. Parking is nigh into impossible at times. We got right in as we were there around 1:30, but crowds were leaving as we entered. All that being said, it is one of the Bay Area's top Dim Sum restaurants for a reason!

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Reviewed 22 February 2016

Expect a long wait at this place, and parking can be a problem here.

We were here on a Saturday, for its dim sum lunch. This is a popular place, and well rated by most chinese. Unfortunately that means a long wait as well. The waiting area is jammed pack, and I see people parking in questionable spots.

We got seated in the far corner. Food are brought out by waiters, one selection at a time. What this means is that not everything that comes out of the kitchen makes it all the way to our corner. It would be nice to see more selections.

It's also not clear what things cost here, until you get the check. Many things are simply marked as specials, and there are various tiers of specials. One dim sum dish was close to $20 by itself!

Food was tasty, but it was one expensive dim sum lunch.

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Reviewed 9 February 2016 via mobile

Our familiy and friends decided to have lunar new year dinner at koi palace. without reservation and been the first in line of non-reservation we waited for 1hour and more. The food was expensive but better than other restaurants. The attitude of the front desk was rather bad,they kept ignoring our questions and reply with"we know ,we know please wait" every time

Thank Jason Z
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Reviewed 8 February 2016

Went there with family for Sunday brunch - the place opened at 9AM but there was already a long line. We got in right away and it was packed! One of our family members is Chinese which certainly helped. They knew the food choices, spoke the language and could read the menus. The staff walks around with trays of different offerings, many different kinds of dim sum. There was a wide variety and everything we tasted was simply delicious. You could order from the menu as well either for eating there or to take home later. I would only go there with someone who knows what's what otherwise you could get quickly overwhelmed. Can't wait to go back next time I'm in town.

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Thank ToddW22
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