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- 98%Art & Design Lovers
- 91%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 86%Local Culture
User Reviews (17 Reviews)
- House of NankingMember ofBudget TravelersFoodiesLuxury TravelersMay 29, 2013
One of the best restaurants in SF. So incredibly delicious, don't miss the fish and the calamari. My mouth is watering just thinking about the great food. If you are in Chinatown/North Beach this is a MUST!!
- House of NankingApr 24, 2013
This place has great Chinese-american food. It has the classics and some newer dishes. The owner normally takes your order and is super nice. The best thing to do is tell the waiter your meat preference and how many dishes you want and let them order, I promise you wont be disappointed. Be prepared to wait in line if you don't go when they open.
- House of NankingMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Dec 18, 2012
Authenticity is not an issue for me if the food is good. Innovation should be celebrated as long as the new recipe is not far inferior to the original. Unfortunately in most cases the new is not nearly as good as the old.
House of Nanking is certainly an intriguing place. There is little doubt they cater mostly to non Chinese clientele. As soon as our server found out we could converse in Chinese, he immediately took away our English menus and handed us a 10-lines menu hand written only in traditional Chinese that no one in my party other than myself could read.
Good thing did come out of it. The fish soup on the secret menu was quite impressive. It was a whole fish (head, tail and fins and all) stewed with vermicelli noodles, fried tofu and wontons. The milky broth was a bit on the sweet side but flavorful.
Had the other dishes been as good as the soup this would probably be a more positive review. Stir fried dishes were regrettably predictable with overly sweet sauce soaked in a sea of grease. A lot of the ingredients were deep fried and then stir fried to achieve a good crispy texture. Not the healthiest way of cooking but sadly addicting.
House of Nanking is interesting restaurant but it is also slightly over-hyped and over-priced. Americanized Chinese food at its best? I think not.
- House of NankingOct 21, 2012
I thought I had left a review for House of Nanking already - I've only been here twice but I do enjoy it. My first experience had to have been my favorite - my ex, son and I had New Years Eve dinner here a few years ago and really enjoyed ourselves. We went all out and ordered probably around 10 or 12 dishes and completely feasted like it was our last meal on Earth. Everything was delicious.
I recently returned, alone - and wasn't sure exactly what to order being that it was only me. I ended up ordering the won ton soup and didn't care for it too much. I also wanted a protein dish so I went with the Sesame Chicken - it was very good but when I spotted someones Tofu dish come out, I wondered to myself - should I have ordered that instead.
I also ordered the fried rice because I was running a marathon the next day and was looking for some carbs! The soup came out right away and the chicken dish followed behind it but I waited almost 30 minutes for the fried rice, not sure what the deal was with that, but it was really good.
I'm sure I'll return in the future.
- House of NankingMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Jul 05, 2012
As a Dane, I saw this as a genuine expression of Chinatown culture in San Francisco. House of Nanking is small and not pretentious. From a little research online, the positive reviews are seen to be many. I, for one, have to say this is probably the best Chinese food I have ever had. Freshly made, excellent texture and superior taste. A must-visit for anyone just mildly interested in good, cheap food going to San Francisco.
- House of NankingJul 05, 2012
Peter Fang is a culinary genius! Great restaurant with exceptionally speedy service.
Everything is outstanding, but I absolutely recommend the crackling beef and the sesame chicken. Wash it all down it a Tsingtao or the blossoming tea and you've got a great meal.
- House of NankingJul 04, 2012
When you visit House of Nanking, you can expect a handful of things: a deliciously chaotic environment, wonderful food that arrives two sips into your beverage, and the owner. If you are the type of person who enjoys dining at restaurants that are equal parts excellent food and exciting experience, the House of Nanking is just the place for you.
The restaurant is cozy/cramped and full of wooden tables and chairs that can easily be moved to accommodate a large or small party.
If the owner is your waiter, ask him to pick your meal for you. You can mention some preferences (no seafood, etc.) when you "order" from him.
I wouldn't recommend taking small children here, but older children who aren't picky eaters will enjoy House of Nanking.
After you dine here, wander up Columbus Ave and visit Beatnick hub City Lights Books, check out the fun art installation Language of the Birds, and grab a cappuccino or espresso at any of the cafes with outdoor seating.