R & G Lounge boasts as one of the best chinese restaurants in SF and it definitely helped that Anthony Bourdain featured this restaurant in his show “No Reservations”. He raved about the crab AND after over 1000 reviews on Yelp averaging at 4 stars – CL and I can’t help but check out the restaurant.
When we got there, there was about 20 people waiting in the lobby and outside the restaurant. This is always a sign of a good restaurant (in my books anyways)
There was 6 of us, so we got to try a decent range of dishes. Starting with..
2 orders of Salmon Avocado Egg Rolls - $6
Fried egg rolls filled with smoked salmon, avocado and served with a sweet & sour sauce. As simple as this dish is, it is really tasty and fried well. Not the least bit greasy and very crunchy!
Salt and pepper fried crab - $38
Signature dish – live battered crab deep fried and sprinkled with salt and pepper seasoning. This dish lived up to its reputation. Eventhough it is deep fried, it was not overly greasy AND the crab was not dry. Very juicy and sweet.
CL and I obviously went for the shell that had the roe. Even that was crusted and deep fried well. *heaven*
Three treasures with black bean sauce – $13
Bean curd, egg plant and hot peppers stuffed with shrimp meat in black bean sauce. Being diplomatic, CL & I ordered asked N & M to pick two dishes. They were light eaters (being Japanese and all) so they picked this.
I was underwhelmed by this dish. The eggplant was way too greasy and pretty much the whole dish was just blah.
Peking Duck - $32
Specially marinated whole duck, roasted to a golden brown crispy skin and served with steamed buns and a house special sauce.
This picture doesn’t do the duck justice. I must say, I liked the way they served their Peking Duck. Rather than a thin piece on meat on crispy skin with the meat prepared in various way, the duck came whole (meat, bones and all).
The skin was perfectly crispy, with no fat attached and the meat was juicy and just purely DUCK! It was a little excessive for 6 people tho. But we ate it all!
Princess Chicken - $15 (half order)
Specially marinated whole chicken with a ginger onion sauce. We could not decide between their specialty beef, oxtail stew or chicken. CL’s mom wanted chicken so chicken it was!
Nothing exciting but no complaints for the dish. Well seasoned and juicy. I am not a fan of cold chicken but this was good~
Seafood fried rice – $11
The fried rice was a huge disappointment. Very bland and came really late into the dinner. We were stuffed from everything else and the plain rice.
Total damage – $200.34 (including 2 big bottles of sake, 1 coke, tax & tip)
Personal rating : 3.5 out of 5 (Very good)
I must say, it would be higher if it was not for the fried rice, the overly greasy three treasures and the service. I was ok with the high prices because of the quality and freshness of the dishes.
Overall – Service was under par. We sat for over 20 minutes before the waiter took our order. They forgot the coke; the plain rice did not get to us until we finish two dishes AND the second bottle of sake came 10 minutes after they cleared our dishes.
M decided to inform the server who brought us our 2nd bottle of Sake, that the sake was not prepared well. Something about how it should be 30 degrees celsius and not steaming hot. Poor boy just looked confused!! Our main server was never there (some guy in a jacket) but the assistants/bus boys tried their best considering how busy it was.
The prices were a lot higher than your standard chinese restaurant but for the most part, it was worth it. I cannot remember how much they charged for the rice or sake (prolly about $17 each) but they added the tip automatically for our group of 6. I think it was 15%.
(between Clay St & Commercial St)