Koi Palace, Dublin, CA
There are good reasons why there are always such horrible long wait during weekend brunch hours at Koi Palace. Both the Daly City location and this East Bay branch (used to be Koi Garden) serve easily some of the best dim sum dishes in the bay area.
Best in the bay area they might be, the quality is unfortunately still shy in comparison to South Cal food scene. And if you are fortunate enough to have been exposed to the true delicacies at heart of Cantonese cuisine in Hong Kong and Guangzhou region, you probably won’t be too thrilled by Koi. Still, dim sum enthusiasts fight their way into the restaurants every week without fail.
I have had dim sum at both locations and there were really no significant difference in quality as far as I can tell. Most of the dishes are very similar in taste and presentation. There were minor inconsistency every now and again. If you grabbed something that had been sitting around for a while, I can guarantee it won’t taste that great. Stick with something that is made to order or fresh out of the kitchen then you are good to go.
What are some of my favorite dim sum items here?
- Crispy Fried Taro Puff
- Baked BBQ Park Bun (not the normal steamed one but those with a crust on top)
- Baked Taro Paste Bun
- Roasted Suckling Pig
- Lotus Wrap
- Sugar Egg Puff (best I had in entire bay area)
The lamb buns in clay pot is pretty good too if you a fan of lamb.
Non VIP wait time is still long but not nearly as crazy as the Daly City location. The service is also friendlier.
Price to Value: 3/5