Looking out at San Francisco's skyline, Lily Kai's dining room is filled with the scents of crisping meats and rich sauces coming to fruition in woks. Lightly battered prawns sizzle in the fryer before luxuriating in honey-walnut sauce, and chicken takes on a zesty flavor profile with the help of ginger, spicy garlic, fresh mango, and onions. Lunch specials allow entrees—such as citrus duck or cashew chicken—to join hands with steamed or fried rice, soup, and appetizers, coming together to peacefully slay midday hunger.
At Fengshui Japanese, you won't only find colorful sashimi and sushi rolls and teriyaki dishes, but also a panoply of Chinese favorites. The cooks whip up housemade dishes from both countries, drizzling roasted duck in a Peking sauce and topping beds of rice with kung pao prawns coated in a spicy Hunan sauce. Customers can mix and match all of their favorite dishes with the all you can eat and drink option, allowing them to feast on California rolls, fried buns dipped into condensed milk, and General Chao's chicken in one meal.
The restaurant serves up domestic beers such as the local Anchor Steam alongside glasses of Thai tea and sake.
With the simple motto “excellent Chinese cuisine,” the skilled chefs at Hai Sun Restaurant rev up appetites with an expansive menu, leading off with crispy fried appetizers such as wontons and egg rolls. Across the menu’s pages, entrees flock into categories including lamb, pork, and vegetables alongside seafood morsels such as sautéed scallops and cod. Dishes come laden with a fresh garden medley of veggies of baby corn and snow peas, in spicy ginger, curry, and Sichuan sauce. With pop available by the can or six pack, patrons can enjoy a soda rush without the hassle of going over Niagara Falls in a root-beer barrel.
House of Chang pleases palates with an assortment of Mandarin, Szechuan, and Hunan specialties for lunch and dinner. Midday morsels such as sesame chicken ($5.75) and bean curd with vegetables ($5.75) come sidekicked with an egg roll, a fried won ton, fried rice, and fresh fruit. Or practice intimacy by sharing a Bo Bo tray for two, which features fried prawns, barbecued spareribs, optional truth serum, paper-wrapped chicken, beef sticks, and egg rolls ($9.25). For dinner, load up on savory specialties such as the vanilla-battered shrimp drizzled with honey-glazed walnuts ($9.20), or keep mouths guessing with a combination dish of chicken chow mein, an egg roll, a fried won ton, steamed rice, and broccoli beef ($8).
Yan's Garden piques palates with lunch and dinner menus brimming with Mandarin and Cantonese classics crafted using fresh ingredients and no MSG. Warm up meat macerators on crisp vegetarian egg rolls ($4.95) before graduating to the main meal event with large portions of sweet and sour pork ($8.50) or chicken in hot and spicy garlic sauce ($8.50). The Dragon and Phoenix plate flies to tables to slay hunger with a savory synthesis of chicken breast, prawns, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, and vegetables ($10.75), and white wine adds a splash of sophistication and inebriation to the seafood combination's stir-fried fusion of fresh fish, scallops, shrimp, mushrooms, and snow peas ($14.25). Traditionalists favoring fried rice ($6.25–$8.50) or egg foo young ($8.25–$9.50) can find the savory standbys prepared with a choice of pork, chicken, or beef, as braised tofu ($9.25) sizzles to the excitement of both vegetarians and swooning soy beans.
Praised by reviewers from the Contra Costa Times and Diabolo Magazine for its freshness, skillfully assembled flavors, and perfectly cooked seafood and duck, Zen Restaurant has been making a splash since it opened. Chefs are adept at fusing a variety of culinary influences culled from across Asia, resulting in dishes such as Vietnamese shrimp-avocado rolls, Thai red curry sauce, Mongolian beef, Chinese crispy pork, and Singapore noodles. Diners enjoy their food in a warmly lit space, featuring hardwood floors, a bright red accent wall, and contemporary furnishings.