Thursday, January 22, 2015

San Francisco: Great Eastern


Great Eastern  649 Jackson St./Grant, (415) 986-2500.  B-L-D daily; dim sum daily 10-3; $.


dining room at Great Eastern restaurant in San Francisco
Though small, this atmospheric spot located in the heart of Chinatown features an open room with mostly large round tables covered with white tablecloths.  A smaller room downstairs handles overflow.  A wall of tanks filled with live fish is in the back, verifying the restaurant’s reputation for serving one of Chinatown’s most extensive seafood selections.  Everything is cooked to order, so fried dishes arrive hot from the wok.  A laminated picture menu helps you select from the extensive dim sum options.  Dim sum items are mostly made to order, so no carts and few trays circulate.


deep-fried taro balls at Great Eastern restaurant in San Francisco
deep-fried taro balls
My favorites are the delicate and crunchy cilantro shrimp dumplings and the exquisite deep-friend taro balls.  In the evening if you have five to eight people in your group, consider ordering a set family-style dinner or a more elaborate banquet-style dinner--the crab version is reputedly particularly good.  President Obama stopped here for a take-out assortment of dumplings in 2012, and that certainly helped establish the restaurant’s popularity. 

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