Hong Kong Lounge 2
3300 Geary Blvd (At Parker)
San Francisco, CA 94118
Hong Kong Lounge 2 is a small Chinese Restaurant located in San Francisco’s Inner Richmond district. The owner Annie Ho no longer owns the original Hong Kong Lounge. They opened in 2012 and serve dim sum at lunch time and are quite busy. We were nearby, had never tried them, and were looking for decent Chinese food at lunch time.
Be sure to read Foodnut’s Guide to Chinese Dim Sum Lunch
Note: They will not split checks onto multiple credit cards.
Decor, Vibe – Hong Kong Lounge 2 consists of a medium sized room stuffed full of tables. Nicer decor than most dingy Chinese restaurants. Hong Kong Lounge 2 was packed with locals, both Asians and some whites. We had to wait 30 minutes for a table at 12:30, so come early to avoid the crowds. They take lunch reservations if you have 8 or more.
Hong Kong Lounge 2 Menu
Hong Kong Lounge 2’s Dim Sum Menu has all the classic along with a couple specialty dishes and some older school dim sum items that you order from the check off menu. Specialty noodle and rice dishes are available from the menu. Prices are higher than expected indicating a slant towards non Asians. Stuff just comes out when ready. $1.50 tea charge, even if you drink water.
Hong Kong Lounge 2 Signature Dishes – Coffee pork ribs, Dumplings, Fried items
Hong Kong Lounge 2 Food Picks:
Glazed Coffee pork ribs ($6.95) with house made whipped cream is a new school classic with 4 deep fried boney ribs coated with a strong coffee flavored glaze. Cool whip on the side made it interesting.
Shrimp Dumplings ($5.95) or Ha Gow had 4 large, piping hot dumplings that fell apart. Flavors were good though.
Vegetarian Dumplings ($4.50) this is GREEN but tastes better than it looks. Vegetarian must order.
Peashoot chicken Dumplings ($4.95) are unusual and not present on many menus. Reasonably good dish.
Durian Puffs ($5.25) were 3 flaky and delicate crisp puffs.
Deep Fried Pork Dumplings ($3.95) had 4 small ones fresh from the fryer. Not much meat though.
Fried Sesame Balls ($3.50) included 4 small balls filled with a not too sweet sesame paste. Recommended.
Steamed Sesame Balls ($3.95) had 3 small soft glutinous pastries filled with black sesame. Fairly sweet but good.
Deep Fried Egg Puffs ($3.25) looked horrible but are Excellent. As good as Koi Palace! Cheap too!
Shrimp Noodle Roll ($6.75) or Shrimp Rice Noodle Roll was big but sloppy one shrimp per section. Edible but not pretty.
Pork Ribs with Plum Candy ($4.95) was an acquired taste. Sweet, huge bowl, haw flake like.
Sticky rice in lotus leaf ($5.95) were 2 pretty sizable portions of glutinous rice with lots of minced pork, shrimp, and mushrooms. Too much soy sauce.
Service – Hong Kong Lounge 2 had fair service with servers running around in this small space. You check off what you want and the food starts to appear in a couple minutes. The servers aren’t really concerned with much else, like ensure things are going ok.
Value – Prices are reasonable, portion size is high, quality solid, making Hong Kong Lounge 2 a very good value.
Alternatives – Nearby restaurants include really cheap but marginal Good Luck, touristy Ton Kiang. Better bets are: Yank Sing, Cityview, Great Eastern. Koi Palace in Daly City still is #1.
Verdict – Hong Kong Lounge 2 is one of the few places in the Richmond serving up solid traditional Chinese dim sum. Prices are higher than expected. They excel at what some say is Caucasian oriented dishes: Fried items, dumplings.
No wonder they are so busy. See Chinese Restaurants of San Francisco for a list of our favorite dim sum places.