5700 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94121-2112
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Dragon Beaux

(Near the intersection of Geary Blvd and 21st Ave)

Neighborhoods: Outer Richmond
Cuisine: Dim Sum, Lunch, Tea

Dragon Beaux is a Dim Sum, Lunch, and Tea restaurant where most Menuism users came for fun with friends, paid between $25 and $50, and tipped between 15% to 18%.

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  • 9/02/2017

    A dining patron from San Francisco, CA tried it.

  • 4/08/2016

    A Dim Sum food lover from Mountain View, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 4/05/2015

    A Dim Sum food lover from San Jose, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 3/14/2015

    A diner from San Jose, CA tried it.

  • 3/04/2015

    A diner from San Jose, CA tried it and liked it. They liked the food.

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DnSF

 San Francisco, CA
 

Dragon Beaux Bows in SF - high quality and high price

I believe most of us will be in search of the value commensurate w/the prices. The clan that brought us Koi Palace south of the city unveils Dragon Beaux on Geary Blvd @21st Ave. in direct competition w/the Hong Kong Lounge (a few blocks away) and Ton Kiang (same block other side of the street). There is no nearby parking to speak of, taking one’s chances on what becomes available as you arrive on the street. We got there on Saturday morning about 20th in line and was able to get first seating to observe Grand Opening issues for us as well as other tables, and though there was that none of it put us off, instead later visits will tell. Front room, side area and banquet rooms are the available spaces that we could see, we opted for front. The staff was amiable, and helpful though clearly their mind was else where aside from assuring orders were taken so that pacing could be upped a bit. If you’re not a native chinese speaker, prepare to graciously attract the attention of the wait staff so they know when your order is ready to be placed and/or if there are questions about ordering. You mark a picture ballot that either has pricing next to pic or a lettered legend at the bottom of the page decodes that price of your dish ordered. My dining partner and I ordered a generous cross section of what is available and we quite sated by meal’s end.

The front room interior would be at home in LA or mistaken for same, the rear banquet room like any other in SF roomy high-ceilings of rounded tables. Up front the lighting fixtures were comprised of frosted glass beads enjoined by long conductive cords that allowed power to pass along and color-changes to the frosted glass beads, another bit of LA asian high-end touches that bring an edge of modernity. The front room is lined with mid-high booths that fit 4 people comfortably, you would do better if you have more to sit at the tables to the side room or the banquet room. The booth tables are equipped with induction heating for hot-pot night time dining well hidden during the earlier part of the day by a, ornate metal disc. We’re coming back for a visit to try the hot-pot where Japanese A5-grade Wagyu is part of the menu if you desire, but for an even higher premium price. The booths were designed w/a tip of the hat to euro-inspired decor, but when the finials don’t fit, appearing to be an after thought, w/all the work that went into the look it would seem they shouldn’t have bothered, though interestingly enough since the finials are modular it could be corrected if they really want to evoke the pricier look on the interior to match the food prices.

Again it was 2nd day of operation and while it took a bit of wait to flag down someone to actually accept our order, there is a plus side to their method of order taking. Your mark the ballots, they take it and enter it in their system returning the picture ballot along with a line by line, descriptive receipt of your order so they can stamp it as it is delivered. This also allows you to review for items missed. Good system.

I was reminded a bit of the Embarcadero’s Harbor Village that closed back in 2005, nice service, beautiful food, good tasting food that wasn’t over salted, wasn’t over seasoned and allowed you to taste the ingredients of the items ordered. That seems like a given to expect and while it is here it is an exception and not the rule. Also, interesting to note that while there are quite a few items that are made for this ktichen to serve up by the experienced staff at Koi Palace, the Dragon Beaux team is equally interested in modern takes and addressing the changing palettes of the younger generation of diners that seek a little something extra.

We are coming back for more dim sum!

Chinese Broccoli in Oyster Sauce

Very good, though not more than you can get elsewhere, and yet so pricey, I cannot give it more than 4-stars. It was steamed to perfection with light sauce served in a tiny dish on the side.

Bitter Melon Pork Rice Noodle

Wow really $15 for a rice noodle dish w/no exotic ingredients. Bitter melon stopped being exotic in the mid-80’s even though Safeway may not carry it, more than enough non-asian shoppers know what it is, they either like it and appreciate it or they don’t, enough said. The noodles were served dry (Hong kong style), razor-thin sliced bitter melon that really was good and bitter along w/thin-sliced pork. This dish was very good but I cannot justify recommending it here for this price when it could be enjoyed else where for half that price. 4-stars only because that price needs to be adjusted.

Tofu Soft Pudding

Real silken tofu served chilled swimming in a clear sweet almond sauce. Great for palette cleansing or dessert.

Juicy Dumpling

Perfectly shaped and steamed mouthful morsels swimming in a small ladle w/light soy and vinegar.

Crispy Organic Milk

I’ve had this served at Burmese Buddhist restaurant but I do not recall the taste of heavily used oil in which it was fried as the flavor to be savored, and the oil was held onto by the batter as well. Too much.

Shrimp Rice Roll

The best aspect of this dish was the shrimp fresh and plump though seemingly not frozen. The quantity seemed like half what you’d get elsewhere – a quibble from us?

Pan Seared Dumpling

The plump dumpling were served w/a bowl of dipping broth, delicious but not outstanding in anyway.

Dried Scallop Congee

This for me was the best, even unexpectedly so, item ordered. The congee was uniformly watery w/tiny bits of rice but the dried scallops used had the right amount of salty goodness that reminds, “less is more”, and in this presentation, deftly so. Bravo to the kitchen team.

Roasted Pork Belly

Order was less than I’d expected but the juicy minimal fat thickly cut slices of pork topped with crispy goodness more than made up for it. This was a dish of quality well over quantity.

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