Palette Tea House
900 North Point Suite B201-A
San Francisco, CA 94109
Solid Dim Sum in Fisherman’s Wharf of all places!- Why did we dine here? – Palette Tea House is from the team behind top rated Chinese restaurants: Koi Palace and Dragon Beaux. They took over Waxman’s location in Ghirardelli Square. We gave them a month and headed to tourist central to try this new dim sum palace.
An outpost of Palette Tea House opened in the Hillsdale San Mateo Shopping Center during Summer 2020.
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Insider Tip – One hour validated parking, $5 for 2nd hour.
Cuisine – Cantonese Chinese
Location – San Francisco Ghirardelli Square
Opened – 2019
Service – Palette Tea House service was very scattered. They are understaffed and there were long pauses.
Verdict – Palette Tea House is a beautiful restaurant with upscale modern Chinese food.
It is a work in progress, go to their sister restaurants if you care about food quality instead. Come here if the decor, food aesthetics, location, and cocktails are more important.
The leading Chinese restaurant in the area include HL Peninsula, Koi Palace, Dragon Beaux and Grand Harbour.
18% service charge automatically added.
Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Maybe. 1 Hour? No.
Palette Tea House Signature Dishes – Dumplings, XLB
Palette Tea House’s Menu for lunch, has a mix of dim sum and cooked dishes. Far fewer dim sum dishes that most spots. Dinner has some dim sum items available.
Palette Tea House Food Picks:
Jasmine Green Tea ($2) and Chrysanthenum ($2) are real deal. Quality stuff.
Rainbow Prawn Crepe ($8) was good with quality prawns.
Black Bean Pork Ribs with taro ($6) was better than average. Lots of taro down below
Lotus wrap abalone sticky rice ($7) had a nice small abalone on top and an arty rectangular cube of sticky rice. Did not come with lotus wrap.
Blueberry Sesame Ball ($6) was a nice variant of the classic. Fresh and hot. Also the first thing to arrive. So much for pacing.
Roast Eggplant ($9) was simple and pristine.
Chicken feet($5) were a solid version of the classic dish of cartilage and tendons. Not for the squeamish.
Lava Egg Yolk Bao ($5) had 2 medium sized buns full of hot egg goodness.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Ha Gow ($6) or shrimp dumplings were disappointingly average.
Steamed cha siu Bao or pork buns ($5) was also very average.
Squid Ink Chiu Chow Dumplings ($8) were also pretty standard. No special flavor.
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
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