A special Cantonese cuisine characterized by small plates of steamed, fried, or baked specialties served alongside hot tea, dim sum is a unique dining experience and a delicious way to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The hustle and bustle of servers pushing carts full of steamer baskets past your table can be overwhelming, but the hunt for your favorite dishes makes it a delicious adventure. While Chinatown in San Francisco may seem like the obvious place to visit, there are several excellent dim sum restaurants in the South Bay Area and along the peninsula. Here is our list of 5 favorite dim sum restaurants South of San Francisco. If we missed your favorite, please be sure to let us know in the comments.
A visit to Koi Palace is a must for any proclaimed Bay Area dim sum fan. Arrive for brunch on the weekend and be prepared to wait for up to an hour to be seated at this bustling, elegant dim sum restaurant. The popular Shanghai steamed dumpling sampler features a colorful collection of steamed pork dumplings in flavors ranging from fresh beets to a luxurious black truffle. Seafood fans will enjoy the plump steamed shrimp dumplings topped with a salty and spicy XO sauce. Prized abalone is also served in several different preparations.