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recommended R & G Lounge
Popular with waiguoren and Chinese customers alike, this slightly upscale Chinatown eatery is famous above all for its fantastic salt-and-pepper crab, which though pricey is worth every penny for ... read more
those with a strong yen to make a meal of our pinchiest sea-dwelling friends. Anthony Bourdain featured R & G on his SF visit, which personally is reason enough for me to eat here.
give it a try. my previous reco of this place disappeared!
recommended R & G Lounge
Sometimes I lay in bed dreaming of a restaurant that charges a lot without the refinement or service. Yes, some people want to be doctors and firefighters -- I wanted to be abused in mediocre ... read more
restaurants as a child. Thankfully, R&G Lounge is around. I came here with my family (we are 100% Chinese, which shouldn't mean anything except we would cost more if we were all dogs) expecting fancy Chinese food. What we got was the most apathetic service one could shake a stick at but not and then lazily think about clouds because I really can't be bothered with entertaining you. That awkward last sentence is how I would illustrate our waiter. He'd walk by briefly each time, never making eye contact and speaking in abrupt phrases. When placing down a dish, he knocked a spoon off another dish onto the table, glanced at it for a moment and then walked away. Of all the Chinese waiters I've had in the past, his service was one of the worst. Granted, the food is tasty. It's the first time I ever felt food at a Chinese restaurant was under-salted, and also the third time I questioned whether or not I consume too much salt on a regular basis. The R&G Special Beef was a bit sweet, however it was prepared very well and was not at all tough. The Sliced Seafood in Lettuce Cups had a nice flavor, though one couldn't really distinguish the taste of seafood with it. The Fried Oysters were large and noticeably fresh. No, we didn't get the Roasted Crab, mainly because we weren't big fans of eating crab in restaurants. I'm glad there's a restaurant focusing on freshness in Chinese food and quality preparation. I only wish they would put a greater emphasis on service, because at these prices and their image, the customer really deserves that. I'm always the one defending pricier Chinese restaurants to friends, as I believe it's a cuisine that shouldn't be relegated solely to greasy hole-in-the-walls. If only R&G Lounge made itself easier to defend...
This is indeed the spot for garlic shrimp and roasted crab! I had a bad experience, but enough people seem to love it that it's worth checking out.