5700 Geary (At 21th Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94121
Why did we dine here? – Dragon Beaux is a new restaurant from the folks who run our favorite Chinese restaurant, Koi Palace.
This location is in the Outer Richmond district and focuses on Dim Sum during lunch and Hot Pot/Cantonese food at dinner.
Decor is modern Chinese with some gaudy ornaments and modern touches.
The dim sum menu is fairly concise and include some modern dishes inspired by trips to Hong Kong. This definitely shows.
Insider Tip – Reservations during lunch are a must on the weekend.
Cuisine – Chinese Cantonese
Location – Richmond District
Opened – 2015
Service – Dragon Beaux was better than many Chinese restaurants. People are roaming around more frequently than other places.
Verdict – Dragon Beaux hits the mark with some modern takes on classics. The dim sum in Hong Kong is still on another planet, check out some of our reviews. We feel the quality is a touch lower than Koi Palace, but still very good. All in all this is a great place to go for dim sum in the City.
Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Maybe. 1 Hour? Maybe.
Dragon Beaux Signature Dishes – Siu Mai, Rice Roll, Egg Tarts, Hot Pot
Dragon Beaux’s Menu is much shorter than Koi Palace’s at lunch. Dim sum list includes many with interesting touches. Lots of noodle dishes too.
Dragon Beaux Food Picks:
Crab Roe Shu Mai ($4.68) is a classic with a nice crunch from the roe topping.
Spinach Beef Shu Mai ($2.98) is a cool looking derivative. Almost like a meatball wrapped in a little spinach.
BBQ Chicken Paw ($4.68) is another staple that is done just right.
Classic Shrimp Dumplings ($5.68) had 4 medium sized dumplings that hit the spot. Medium sized shrimp. Not top tier though.
Pea Shoot Dumplings ($5.68) looked great and possessed a slight kick. Several flavors intermingled with each bite.
BBQ Pork Rice Roll ($6.88) had a nice crisp vermicelli noodle to kick it up a notch.
Glutinous Rice in Lotus Leaf ($5.68) was pretty average and uneventful.
Sesame Balls ($2.98) were pretty average, but satisfying. Places like Champagne seafood have fresh out of fryer versions.
Durian Puffs ($6.88) included 3 smelly, crisp puffs. Well done.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Squid Ink Dumplings ($5.68) was a chao zhao dumpling with a black wrapper. Nothing special.
Juicy Dumplings ($5.68) is their version of Xiao Long Bao or Shanghai steamed dumplings. They cheat by placing them on serving dishes along with a carrot on the bottom.
Flavor was subdued and meat was a bit large. Dumpling Empire has the best in the City still.
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?