R & G Lounge (SF Chinatown)

Originally uploaded by illewminator.
every time i go up to SF, i look forward to eating at R & G Lounge for upscale cantonese-style dining. i've never been disappointed by the food at this restaurant -- then again, i've been lucky enough to have always been a guest here so i've never had to pay, therefore, i have no idea how pricey it is. i just know i'm always impressed by both the quality and presentation of the food.

this photo is of a shrimp that was so huge, i had to take a picture of it. it looked like a baby lobster... and it was delicious. some other dishes that seem to be R & G specialties (since i've had them each time i've been there):
- chicken stuffed with sticky rice... my favorite, but requires 24-hour pre-order.
- salt & pepper fried crab... finger lickin' good!
- chilean sea bass (the biggest filet i've ever seen... it was lightly glazed with a soy/teriyaki-ish sauce and the meat was so tender, moist, and rich)

if the above dishes aren't enough of a tip-off that this is no ordinary chinese restaurant, the fact that they actually serve dessert should. the dessert was a visually pleasing red-bean concoction that sort of looked like layered jello, with a layer of pureed red beans, a layer of clear gelatin, and a top layer of white coconut jello. now i don't personally believe that any type of beans qualify as a dessert item, but the red bean fans at our table were in heaven.

the next time you're in SF, make the trip to R & G. it's on Kearny sort of on the outer edge of chinatown -- i forget the cross street (it might be Clay...). i just know it's a short block down from that park/plaza that's built over a public parking garage. look it up!


Blogger NuttinButGlutton said...

check you out doing fine dining reviews. I'm pulling out Wendy's, BK and KFC tips....how sad.

1/26/2005 7:56 AM  
Blogger typefiend said...

Just a small recommendation: I think you should include exact addresses for all these tasty spots (I know with this post a guesstimate is included). Maybe even price range of what you ate, since the frugal diner often likes to know what he/she is getting into.

Keep up the great work!

2/01/2005 7:00 PM  
Blogger illewminator said...

typefiend: good points and thanks for raising them. but as mentioned in my post, i've had the good luck of always being treated here, so i have no idea of the prices. as for providing specific addresses... if we make them too easy to find, all of our favorite spots would be overrun with people and we'd never go back to eat there again!

2/02/2005 3:29 PM  
Blogger illewminator said...

i just asked one of my bay area friends who frequents R & G about the cost. for the meal we had (which included the items i described plus around 4 or 5 othes), she said it would probably cost about $35 per person.

2/21/2005 10:31 AM  

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