We've been meaning to hit up Daimo ever since an East Bay chef we know recommended it. We finally made it there last week, and I'm guessing the only attraction for the food industry insiders is that its open after all the restaurants close and the food it reasonably priced. I really can't imagine any other reason.
We were expecting somewhat traditional Chinese food in a casual well lighted space. The place has a bingo parlor quality to it, sort of cavernous and Formica laden...but that would have been fine had the food been better.
We only ordered three dishes and all three were disappointing. The pepper beef was greasy and under-seasoned. That said there was A LOT of it. The duck noodle soup was also under-seasoned and the duck was rubbery. We also order potstickers and they were doughy and bland. I know pot-stickers are not the most traditional choice, but if they're on your menu you should make an effort to make them well.
The service was...well...unconcerned. The restaurant probably has 30 tables and only four were taken when we arrived. We were seated promptly and then waited over 20 minutes for anyone to even ask what we wanted to drink. Many people arrived while we were waiting and received more prompt service...which I'm guessing is part of the restaurants values--they take care of their regulars first. Not uncommon in Chinese restaurants and the wait would have been worth it had the meal been great...or even good.
Unfortunately, we can't recommend Daimo. Which is a shame, because a good Chinese restaurant open late it, would be awesome. Fortunately there is lots of good Chinese nearby so there is no reason to settle for Daimo.
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