Chef Zhao Kitchen, Palo Alto

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Chef Zhao Kitchen

2180 W Bayshore Rd Suite 120

Palo Alto, CA 94303

(650) 485-2221

Chef Zhao Kitchen Palo Alto exterior decor

Soup Dumplings! Why did we dine here? – Chef Zhao Kitchen is a Shanghai Chinese restaurant in Palo Alto, near 101 and Embarcadero. This is a sister restaurant to Cupertino’s Shanghai Garden.
Confusing things, Chef Zhao Bistros in Mountain View and San Mateo are unrelated both cuisine-wise and with owners. This restaurant has been getting some good local buzz, so it was time to check it out.

Insider Tip – Go early, the wait starts around 6.

Cuisine – Shanghai Chinese
Location – Palo Alto Near 101
Opened – 2016

Chef Zhao Kitchen Palo Alto interior decor

Service – Chef Zhao Kitchen is pretty much like any other Chinese restaurant drop and go.
Verdict – Chef Zhao Kitchen is one of the best Shanghai Chinese restaurants in this area. The next best one up north is Little Shanghai, San Mateo. Prices here are reasonable and the food very good.

Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Maybe. 1 Hour? No.

Chef Zhao Kitchen Signature Dishes – Steamed dumplings, Pan Fried Buns, Noodles, Rice Cakes

Chef Zhao Kitchen’s Menu is pretty standard with the usual Shanghainese dishes along with the usual Americanized fare.

Chef Zhao Kitchen Food Picks:

Chef Zhao Kitchen Palo Alto scallion pancake

Scallion Pancake ($4.95) were greasy, crispy, and pretty darn good.

Chef Zhao Kitchen Palo Alto Juicy Pork Soup Dumplings

Juicy Pork Buns Steamed ($7.95) or Shanghai Steamed Dumplings (XLB) has 6 medium sized dumplings full of soup. Slightly bigger with a large top, compared to Din Tai Fung. Pretty good, but not as good as Din Tai Fung.

Chef Zhao Kitchen Palo Alto Juicy Pork Buns Pan Fried

Juicy Pork Buns Pan-Fried ($7.95) are surprisingly good. Very difficult to find decent versions around the SF area. Shanghai Flavor Shop is still the current reference spot. These are hot, full of juice, a bit salty and a think bun. If you ever visit Shanghai, go to Yang’s Fry Dumplings, they are on another level. We still dream of them.

Chef Zhao Kitchen Palo Alto Shepherd rice cakes

Shepherd Rice Cake ($10.25) are a classic and done well here. Tender rice cakes and just enough shredded pork.

Chef Zhao Kitchen Palo Alto Vegetable salted pork fried rice

Vegetable Salted pork fried rice ($10.25) is also a dish we love. Done pretty well even though it lacked much pork. The rice was cooked perfectly.

Chef Zhao Kitchen Palo Alto Sauteed Baby Bok Choy

Sauteed Baby Bok Choy ($11.95) were thin shredded bok choy with lots of garlic.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)

Chef Zhao Kitchen Palo Alto Sweet rice red bean paste

Sweet Rice Red Bean Paste ($9.95) was huge, but a tad under cooked.

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?

Chef Zhao Kitchen 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:Free Lot
Reservations:Yes

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