4401 Cabrillo St
San Francisco, CA 94121-3211

Taishan Cafe

Neighborhoods: Outer Richmond

Taishan Cafe is a restaurant where most Menuism users came for a meal on the go, paid less than $10, and tipped more than 18%.

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 Redwood City, CA

Authentic Cuisine of Southern China-Toi San or Hoi San style

5 STARS! I grew up enjoying Toi San (or Hoi San) cuisine, and this restaurant gets it right. The authentic cooking is flavorful, without using MSG. On my first visit, I was quite pleased to find that their specialty is Clay Pot Rice, and I ordered this with salted fish and pork patty on top. It was done just right, right down to the bottom, where the perfectly scorched and crispy rice is totally saturated with the flavors from the fish and pork. An added treat is that when the rice crust is all that is left at the bottom, just ask for some hot water or soup, which softens and loosens this crisp rice, and then prepare to enjoy what is called faan jew, a favorite of mine. Or, if your teeth are in good shape, just enjoy the crunchy goodness of this very flavorful rice crust. Mmmmmmmm.

I have since returned about 7-8 times, and on every visit, have tried different items, such as pig stomach sauteed in veggies, frog clay pot rice, lamb stew, and have never been disappointed. The prices aren’t too high when you consider that some of the ingredients are quite expensive, and most dishes are very labor-intensive to prepare. The clay pot rice is a meal in itself, and along with the complimentary soup (which is always very good), you would be hard-pressed to find such a great value elsewhere.

Oh, I should mention also that the owner and/or staff will always recommend the freshest items that have just arrived, will assist you in choosing your item choices by carefully explaining what they are and how they are prepared, and most important, accommodate most requests for modification of most dishes.

The restaurant is clean and bright, and the restrooms are clean.

The atmosphere is friendly, and the service is attentive. One is made to feel very welcome here, and this is also reflected among the diners in general, where all are made to feel “at home”. A great place to bring family and friends.

The menu choices are numerous, and offers the authentic taste of Toi San (Southern Chinese) cooking.

This is definitely not an ordinary restaurant offering ordinary food.

This restaurant offers live fish, crab included. An online menu is available on MENUPAGES.COM, San Francisco Edition, in two formats, online and PDF, which can be downloaded and printed. I continue to come here, due to the authentic, flavorful and properly prepared dishes, both on and off the menu. Not to be missed is their specialty, Clay Pot Rice, with prices starting at only $6.95.

Fuzzy Melon w/dried baby shrimp & Fun See

This is a simple yet delicious and filling dish. It is basically three ingredients:

Fuzzy melon (like a small squash), dried baby shrimp, thin transparent noodles (Fun See)

This is a delicate, but light dish. Not available at most Chinese restaurants. The ingredients are properly prepared, cooked and lightly seasoned. No MSG used at all at this restaurant. All in all, a very satisfying dish, very filling and every bite is flavorful.

Only $6.95, which includes the soup of the day, tea and usually tapioca for dessert.

They have an extensive menu. Try any one of the other varieties of items, especially their signature item, Clay Pot Rice, most with prices starting at only $6.95, and a few with multiple items such as Chinese sausage, pork and duck for $8.95 to one that is $12.95, yellow eel.

Toi San Intestines Pig Stomach
Sun,Fri-Sat 11:00AM - 11:00PM
Mon-Thu 11:00AM - 10:00PM
Mon-Thu 11:00AM - 10:00PM
Sun,Fri-Sat 11:00AM - 11:00PM
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Taishan Cafe is located near the cities of Hayes Valley, Mission District, , Chinatown, and Haight Ashbury.
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