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“Chinese food with a different taste” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cooking Papa

Cooking Papa
Ranked #21 of 61 Restaurants in Foster City
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
San Francisco, California
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139 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Chinese food with a different taste”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2012

This is not the typical Chinese restaurant nor fine dining service, so if you are expecting either, this is not the place for you. This place is highly recommended for the food, not their serving style. Unless you have a party of 8 or more, reservation is not accepted. On the weekends, the place is filled in a 1/2 hr after opening at 5:00 pm. So once filled, the wait will be at least an hour for the first group to finish eating. Once they have served all the food, and they see that you have finished eating, they will attempt to rush you out so they can set the table for the next group waiting. So this is not the place if you want to sit and relax after a dinner meal and chit chat with your friends.
But if you are looking for good Chinese food that is not the typical Cantonese, but as several others has referred to as "Hong Kong" style, that tastes quite good and fast services, then this will be a good dining experiences. I was amazed at how good the roasted pork belly was. Other good dishes are the Shanghi style dumpling, sizzling oysters/black bean sauce or oyster-roasted pork claypot, and their selection of seafood.
Their speciality dessert is the Hong Kong egg puff, which you must pre-order when you place your dinner order. Price is typical for a Chinese restuarant or maybe a dollar more per dish ($7-$9).

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
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English first
Mountain View, California
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94 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Myriad of flavors!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2012

This is a great restaurant! The service is very fast and the food is always tasty!
The service is great. Plenty of parking, and seating and an extensive menu guarantee a good dining experience.

This casual dining restaurant is a firm favorite.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank tjsmart
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