Yet Wah 1238 4th St./B St., (415) 460-9883. L-D daily; $$.
I first dined at Yet Wah way back when it had several locations on Clement Street in San Francisco. It grew into a mini-chain (the Diamond Heights location is reputed to have been the venue of choice for a Rolling Stones event), and now has shrunk back to just this one location. When we dined early on a Saturday night, the main dining room was empty, so we sat in a warm, cozy, and quiet alcove in front with big windows and a view of the sidewalk. In the mood to take advantage of the full bar, my dining partner and I each started with an umbrella-crowned mai tai made with seven ingredients.
We loved the crispy pan-friend pot stickers and deemed them the best we’ve had in a long, long time.
We followed with kung pao chicken, which we selected because of the vegetables that dish comes with. I would have liked that dish to be spicier and solved the problem with hot oil.
Next time we’ll try the hard-to-find almond pressed duck that the kitchen is famous for (pressed duck with sweet-and-sour sauce and almonds). Family-style set dinners are available and can be a good value, especially if you are hungry or can take home leftovers, and lunch specials are available on weekdays.
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