3300 Geary Blvd San Francisco, CA 94118 | 415.668.8802 | website
I recently met some friends for dim sum in the City at Hong Kong Lounge II which was opened in 2012 by Annie Ho who sold the original and very popular Hong Kong Flower Lounge, so she could focus her attention on a smaller venue. The Chronicle recently rated it 3 stars and it has gotten nothing but love from the eating community as evidenced by the crowd gathered outside, so I was glad that our group of 9 was large enough that we had reservations. The cozy intimate 80-seat dining room has high ceilings and is brightly lit from tall elegantly adorned windows.
One factor that adds to the calm atmosphere is the lack of the rolling steam carts circling through the dining room, instead you order everything off the menu, which means that your dishes are cooked to order and then brought to your table.
The problem with ordering off a menu is that you arrive starving, and when you have 9 people adding to the order, that ends up being quite a feast! We sampled a great variety of dishes, the only thing we missed was the peking duck… that will have to wait for next time.
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1799 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA | 510.356.4903 | website | facebook
There has been a bit of buzz about Townie restaurant and bar since it opened last month. When I sent an email around to some of my blogger friends to go check it out, Christina who writes the enchanting East Bay Dish somehow managed to get us all invited to dine on the house! What? How cool is that?! And so we met last week at the spacious brick building which was previously an old Italian eating establishment that had been there for over thirty years. The owners, Nima Shokat (of Berkeley’s Missouri Lounge) and Maianna Voge, are both Berkeley natives, and the kitchen is run by Dana Ryan, who’s spent time in the kitchen at Gather and RN74 and most recently at State Bird Provisions. We all like to dine early in order to take advantage of the natural light, which also allows us to get a better look around before the room fills up. The bar was bustling, it was happy hour after all… The cocktail menu features simple drinks made with around five ingredients, there are 16 beers on tap including Drake’s brewery, Calicraft, and selections from East Bay favorite Linden Street, along with $5 beer-and-whiskey specials.
The space was designed by Frank/Architects, and features exposed brick walls, a zinc-topped bar made with recycled wood, white subway style tiles and lofty high ceilings. According to Urban Dictionary a Townie Bar is where the local jokers go to congregate and reminisce about high school.
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