2013

Champagne Restaurant Review, Millbrae

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Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Champagne Restaurant

121 El Camino Real

Millbrae, CA 94030

650-692-2688

Champagne Restaurant Millbrae Interior Decor

Why did we dine here? – Champagne Restaurant is a more casual sister restaurant to Champagne Buffet in San Mateo. A friend had been here several times and recommended it.
This restaurant is more of a Hong Kong style noodle house but has most of the other restaurant’s menu. Champagne gets a lot of to go business from the folks upstairs. Last visit was in November 2013

Be sure to read our article How to order in authentic Chinese dinner

Insider Tip – Order roasted items

Cuisine – Chinese Cantonese
Location – Millbrae
Opened – 2011

Service – Champagne Restaurant had reasonable service with a good number of servers.
Verdict – Another Chinese place in Millbrae? With the top notch Asian Pearl Peninsula and The Kitchen nearby… Why?
Champagne Restaurant is small but surprised us with very good food even though the kitchen is tiny.  They also serve dim sum.  We’ve tried them for lunch and found it worth going back.

Signature Dishes – Roast Pig, Roast duck

Champagne’s Menu is very wide ranging from wonton noodles to Peking duck. Scary!

Picks:

Double boiled soup Cordy Chicken or Sea cucumber ($6.80) are a specialty. They have several on the menu, rare for any restaurant around here. Long boiled, full of flavor, they know how to cook Chinese soup. Chicken corn soup ($11.80) with egg was also a good soup.

Champagne Restaurant Millbrae Wonton Noodle Soup

Shrimp Wonton Noodle Soup ($5.50) featured lots of noodles and some large tasty wontons.

Scallop and Egg White fried rice ($12.80) was spot on. Good sized, robust flavor, and hot out of the wok.

Soy Sauce Spare rib claypot ($7.95) takes 20 minutes, order it early.

Champagne Restaurant Millbrae Roast Duck

Champagne Seafood Roasted Duck ($13.80 for half) was excellent, one of the better versions in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Champagne Restaurant Millbrae BBQ Pork Roast Pig

BBQ Combo plate with Champagne Special Suckling pig and char siu ($13.80 for small) was especially good, with the pig being excellent.

Sweet and sour ribs ($12.80) were cooked without eggs and had a nice balance of sweetness. Pretty liberal on the quantity side and this will surely satisfy fans of this dish.

Qing ping Chicken ($12.80 for half) was slightly above average, but did not knock our socks off. The meat was tender and had some flavor.  Garlic dipping sauce hit the mark.

Dry braised string beans ($7.95) were just fine.  Fresh and still crisp to the bite.

Pea shoots with garlic ($13.80) are pricey but worth it.  Cooked just right with a small garlic accent.

Braised tofu with mushrooms ($8.95)

Stir fried clams with basil ($9.95) really didn’t have basil, but was still solid.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Chicken wings with Garlic ($4.95)

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

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Champagne Restaurant Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

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

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

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Attire:Casual
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes
Posted on January 12th, 2013
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