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Tak Kee Lee

1256 Noriega St, San Francisco, California
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  • Tak Kee LeePro 2014
    suki
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    3 Jun 20, 2014

    When the seester suggested Tak Kee for breakfast, I responded with "Tacky?!" It's not terribly so.

    Cheap and tasty breakfast noodle soup that is a decent size. It certainly hits the spot when you want a HK style breakfast. The soup comes with a milk tea or coffee as well, so you can roll out of there on under $15 for two people.

    It's a trek for breakfast, but if I was in the neighborhood, I'd probably stroll on in whenever - PJs and all.

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  • Tak Kee Lee
    Ken
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    4 Nov 26, 2013

    It is hard for me to describe Tak Kee Lee, or 德記茶餐廳. The Chinese name and menu pretty much suggest HK style cafe, or cha chaan teng. It looks like a family run joint, and is not exactly sit down tablecloth, but yet exudes a neigborhood atmosphere eerily similar to that of a dai pai dong, or perhaps "mushroom hut", like those eateries located in some of the housing projects in Hong Kong that cater to locals for really cheap eats. The vibe is there with local expats from HK and Southern China/Guangzhou.

    Coincidentally, I'm told that the owners here used to operate a dai pai dong in Hong Kong. Anyways, the menu is fairly broad. Cash only kind of place, but executed better than the other HK cafes along Noriega. Hong Kong milk tea here is pretty solid, and you gotta love the ceramic tea cups and saucers that look like they were imported from HK. Skip the sugar, get a hot brew, and ask for condensed milk on the side for a slippery smooth rendition. Or get the iced version to go, where it is done 90% better than most other places, and they even use a bio-degradeable to go cup, which is unthinkable for most Cantonese restaurant types.

    There isn't any other place quite like TKL.

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3.5 out of 5
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    (415) 242-0626

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