2008

Joy Luck Place Dinner Restaurant

Posted by Foodnut.com

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Joy Luck Place

10911 N Wolfe Rd

Cupertino, CA 95014

(408) 255-6988

The San Mateo location closed. November 2009 this location will reopen as Champagne Seafood Restaurant.

Try their Joy Luck Place’s Cupertino location or visit HK Causeway Bay across the street.

Joy Luck Place Exterior

Joy Luck Place is part of a restaurant group that has Chinese Cantonese restaurants locations in the San Francisco Bay area; San Mateo and Cupertino. We’ve been to both of them and find them pretty good. This review concentrates on dinner. Another review covers dim sum lunch.  They have weekday daily specials that are of good value, everything from Crab to Squab. Be sure to try one.

Joy Luck Place Dinner San Mateo Seafood tanks

Seafood Tanks = Fresh

Joy Luck Place Dinner San Mateo Interior 2

Joy Luck Place Dinner San Mateo Interior

Decor, Vibe – Clean, improved atmosphere over the typical Chinese restaurant. Joy Luck Place is a fairly busy and noisy Chinese restaurant with lots of families and friends eating together.

Menu pics

Joy Luck Place San Mateo Menu 1

Printed Takeout Menu

Joy Luck Place San Mateo Menu 3

Joy Luck Place San Mateo Menu 2

Additional Menus

Picks:

Joy Luck Place Dinner San Mateo Winter Melon Soup

Joy Luck Place Dinner San Mateo Winter Melon Soup 2

Winter melon Soup ($35) was a smaller version of their $70 signature soup.  We saw several tables getting this. Awesome broth that was perfectly accented by the tender melon.  Pieces of duck and crab filled the rim and interior of this great soup.

Joy Luck Place Dinner San Mateo Peking Duck

Joy Luck Place Dinner San Mateo peking duck 3

Joy Luck Place Dinner San Mateo peking duck 2

Peking Duck ($25) included carved slices with skin, buns, and also the interior of the duck chopped up.  Many places keep the inside (for their soup use) and only give you skin. Quality was very good, crispy skin, moist meat, and hot steamed buns.

Joy Luck Place Dinner San Mateo 20

Honey Glazed Beef Short Ribs ($14) is a classic dish here.  Good quantity and a light sweet taste makes the tender ribs very good. Slight burn should have been avoided.

Joy Luck Place Dinner San Mateo Bock Choy tofu

Braised Bean Curd with Mushrooms and Bok Choy ($11) had good quantities of tofu and green.  A little light on the black mushrooms. Not too much gravy made it balanced.

House Special Roast Chicken ($12 Half) is crispy skinned and comes with shrimp chips. A classic dish done well.

Yang Chou Fried Rice has lots of ingredients mixed in with the rice including whole shrimp, egg, and vegetables.

OK:

Joy Luck Place Dinner San Mateo 21

Sauteed Chinese Broccoli ($10) was fresh and cooked well, but a little on the greasy side.

Pans:
None

Joy Luck Place Dinner San Mateo Red Bean Dessert

Joy Luck Place has a free dessert of the day, red bean soup, which you may have to ask for. Service was a little above average for a place like this. Dinner service is less chaotic than lunch, when everyone is running around.

The breath of menu is good. All in all, the food was of decent quality and authentic. This is our default go to place for a everyday Chinese meal.

Also at:
10911 N Wolfe Rd
Cupertino, CA 95014
(408) 255-6988

Joy Luck Place San Mateo on Urbanspoon

Update: 4/19/2008 Noticably less people here for dinner. Must be the economy and the new competition kitty corner across the street, HK Causeway Bay.

Joy Luck Place Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Attire:Casual
Hours:M-F 11am-230pm/530pm-Midnight. Sa/Su 10am-230pm/530pm-Midnight
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes
Prices:$10 - $70
Posted on October 28th, 2008
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