2012

Koi Garden – Koi Palace at Dublin Restaurant Review, Dublin

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Koi Garden

4288 Dublin Blvd. Ste. 213

Dublin, CA 94568

(925) 833-9090

Koi Garden Website

Koi Garden Dublin Exterior Decor

Why did we dine here? – Koi Garden also known as Koi Palace at Dublin is the East Bay outpost for Koi Palace, arguably the best Chinese restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area. We were in the area and had to give this Chinese restaurant a try. This restaurant is located in an Asian-focused strip mall. They also run Just Koi downstairs, a casual Chinese noodle restaurant.

The decor in Koi Garden is clean, modern, with lots of carved wood. Far nicer than most Chinese restaurants.

Insider Tip – Make reservations as this place is not large.

Cuisine – Cantonese Chinese
Location – Dublin
Opened – 2008

Koi Garden Dublin Interior Decor

Service – Koi Garden had reasonable service with plate changes and refills occurring fairly often. The busboys were a bit aggressive in taking away items.

Verdict – Koi Garden serves up some of the best Chinese food in this area. We have no reservations recommending this restaurant to those looking for classic Chinese food. There is no doubt that this place has decent dim sum at lunch time and is pretty crowded too.
Other solid Chinese restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area include: Koi Palace, Daly City, The Kitchen, Millbrae, and Asian Pearl, Richmond, CA.

Signature Dishes – Fresh seafood, Coffee Spare ribs.

Koi Garden’s Menu features a wide variety of classic Cantonese-Chinese dishes along with some inventive modern dishes. The menu looks identical to the Koi Palace, Daly City location.

Website Koi Garden Menu

Picks:

Koi Garden Dublin Snake Soup

Snake soup ($15.00 per cup) is good for colder evenings. This described the environment outside! Lots of very good ingredients, good sized bowl, and enough for two. Snake tastes like chicken, doesn’t it?

Koi Garden Dublin Squab

Roasted Squab ($15.00) was very good. Juicy, crisp skinned, classic.

Koi Garden Dublin Pea Shoots

Garlic Pea Vines ($18.00) with garlic were fresh and cooked just right.

Koi Garden Dublin Coffee Ribs

Coffee Spare Ribs ($16.00) were excellent. Nice coffee flavors combined with a bit sweetness and a wonderful crust. A must get. We noticed that they have coffee crab, guess what we’re going to order next time.

Koi Garden Dublin Boss Fried Rice

Boss Fried Rice ($18.00) consisted of egg, BBQ Pork, and what we think is Sharks fin. We wouldn’t have ordered it if we knew that was the case. In the end, it was a solid fried rice.

Complimentary red bean soup dessert if you ask for it.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Shanghai dumplings ($9.00 for six) were cooked in tiny tinfoil containers so the soup would not leak out. The soup was all over the place although flavors and textures were fair. This dish not at all authentic, no surprise as this is not a Shanghai Chinese restaurant.

Combo Red bean shaved Ice with Grass Jelly ($3.75) had mushy beans and was average at best.

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

Koi Palace on Urbanspoon

Koi Garden Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

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

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

Alcohol:Full Bar
Attire:Casual
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes
Posted on May 2nd, 2012
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One Response to “Koi Garden – Koi Palace at Dublin Restaurant Review, Dublin”

  1. Koi Palace, Dinner, Daly City | Foodnut.com Says:

    [...] in wide selection of Dim Sum for lunch and special dishes for dinner. They also have locations in Dublin and at Thunder Valley Casino. We came for dinner and have previously reviewed Koi Palace dim sum [...]

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