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“Delicious Dim Sum, affordable prices (and great service if you smile back)”

Asian Pearl Peninsula
Ranked #41 of 104 Restaurants in Millbrae
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Reviewed 7 January 2017

Glancing over the reviews here, it seems people are upset that they had to wait for a table when they arrived at the peak of "rush hour" service, and for those complaining about the service obviously don't know how to dine at a Dim Sum restaurant.

Dim Sum is all about fast and efficient, so that the dishes get into your mouth while they are hot and fresh. My wife and I are veterans (Chicago Chinatown is a regular destination at home for us) and we checked the dishes we wanted on the menu slip, and accepted a few other dishes that were brought around the room too. Our server was quick to take our order and bring tea and water, and even when we said "no" to the passed dishes, we smiled and the staff smiled back.

Our food was excellent quality, fresh and savory, with the fried foods not being greasy at all. We ordered about 7-8 plates and were quite full for a total tab of about $35-40.

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Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Our group of friends had our new years eve dinner at this restaurant last night and ordered the banquet menu. The soup, appetizer mix plate including jelly fish, bbq pork, roast pork, etc., walnut shrimp, Beijing duck with steam buns, Peking pork chops, pea sprout in garlic, and roast chicken were very average. The garlic geoduck clam with vermicelli noodles in large clam shells was outright terrible. The vermicelli noodle had a musty, doughy taste and the clam meat was bland. The best dish of the evening was the dessert, green bean sweet soup. I noticed that a few reviewers commented on poor service but we actually received pretty good service. I really cannot recommend the food as there are quite a few Chinese restaurants in Millbrae nearby that serve much better Cantonese cuisine.

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Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Ok food. We waited for 2 orders of dim sum for 15 minutes. I left hungrier than when I came in. Didn't bother ordering more food because of the long wait. If you are not Chinese forget about this place.

Thank Marie P
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Reviewed 27 June 2016

Came here on a Sunday for Dim Sum just before 12. Admittedly, our arrival time was poorly timed and we were prepared to wait. They were calling #29 shortly after we arrived and we were number 45. Surprisingly, none of the number announcements were ever in English, which was frustrating but only mildly inconvenient. Things got worse from there when, after number 43 was called, we moved from outside to inside to wait. Total wait time up to this point was about 30 minutes. Mistakenly, we thought we would be seated soon, and actually watched at least 4 tables worth of customers leave and be reset. This place appears to have a friends & family express line that is entirely separate from the general public waiting patiently for their number to be called. The hostess is not very sly about it either, greeting these customers effusively and pulling them aside behind the wall separating reception from the dining room and seating them nearly immediately following their arrival. Like I said, I watched four tables for sure clear, be reset, and then people who had just arrived be seated immediately with no numbers being called. To our knowledge, this restaurant does not accept reservations so this felt extremely rude as patrons who had patiently waited our turn only to wait another 40 minutes for our table (remember 30 minutes to get from numbers 29 to 43 and then forty minutes to go from 43 to 45).
After that the experience improved significantly as the quality, abundance and variety of the dim sum was fantastic. The servers and their quintessential carts were everywhere and not a full minute passed form being seated to having steamer baskets of delicious dumplings on our table. We tried them all, my favorite of course is the steamed pork buns, which I had to ask for as only the baked BBQ pork buns seemed to be on the carts. Soup dumplings, shrimp and chive dumplings, shumai were all fantastic. Bottom line, great, affordable place for high quality dim sum- extremely irritating wait.

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Thank Jennifer Y
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Reviewed 18 June 2016

The food is ok and very expensive. there are a lot of similar restaurant in the are much better and with tastier food.

Thank siroos h
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