Yummy World Restaurant Review, San Mateo
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Yummy World Chinese Cuisine
2216 S. El Camino Real (Between 22nd and 23rd Ave.)
San Mateo, CA 94403
Yummy World Chinese Cuisine opened in early May 2010 on El Camino Real, San Mateo. They focus on mid range family oriented Cantonese Chinese cuisine. The restaurant is situated almost next door to long-standing Silver House.
Decor, Vibe – Yummy World has very nice brand-new decor with race ceilings, Asian art on the wall, and halogen lighting. An open kitchen with booth seating and tables in the main dining room. The place was about half full when we went for dinner. The crowd appeared to be locals giving this place a first try.
Yummy World’s Menu has low cost $5.95 lunch rice plate specials as well as an extensive dinner menu typical of most Chinese Cantonese restaurants with lots of seafood, clay pots, and more.
Daily double boiled soup ($8) was a chicken soup with yuk juk and other Chinese herbs. A pretty low price for soup of this quality.
Steamed ranch free chicken ($9.50 for half) was a pretty pale looking chicken, making it clear that this was indeed a skinny free range chicken with darker skin. Flavor was okay with the included dipping sauce almost very necessary.
Taiwanese basil chicken and clay pot ($9.95) was an excellent dish with sizzling hot chicken. Very good flavors and big chunks of chicken. The only issue were that bones were still attached to the chicken. This version comes in a solid second, to 5 Joy’s version.
Yummy special pan fried noodle ($7.95) was an excellent dish was very crispy noodles along with fish, beef, pork, chicken. Good-quality meats with a nice gravy made for a must get dish.
Free red bean soup dessert was not too sweet and had some coconut flavor to it.
Service – Yummy World had pretty marginal service with the server swinging by only ever so often. Slightly below the average Chinese restaurant’s standard.
Value – Prices were in line with comparable Chinese restaurants, making the value proposition a good one. This restaurant is suitable for everyday meals.
Nearby Chinese restaurants include the similarly audience targeted Silver House, which has substandard decor and food in the slightly lower quality range. HK Causeway Bay, and Champagne seafood are also not far away.
Verdict – Yummy World surprised us with decent food quality in a very nice environment. We worried that the name was a death sentence, but see that there is hope. We hope they can improve their service.
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