An outpost of Palette Tea Garden opened previously in San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square, and is called Palette Tea House. Menu looks identical.
We ate outside during the Covid 19 Pandemic. They may or may not have inside/outside dining available, check with them.
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Insider Tip – Dim Sum all day long
Cuisine – Cantonese Chinese
Location – San Mateo Hillsdale Mall
Opened – 2020
Service – Palette Tea House service was decent. On our last visit in Summer 2021 service was sluggish probably due to understaffing. No surprise during the Pandemic
Verdict – Palette Tea House is a beautiful restaurant with upscale modern Chinese food. The restaurant is access to all, English is spoke, there is a mix of races, etc. Instagramable cuisine for all!
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. $3 Covid sanitation fee.
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 ($1.50 per person) is real deal. Quality stuff.
Lobster Ha Gow ($6) or lobster shrimp dumplings were very good. Far better than the one we had in San Francisco. Cute dropper of lobster oil.
Rainbow Prawn Crepe ($7) was good with quality prawns. Pretty good sized. Interestingly there is some cheese in there. 8.5/10
Half Peking Duck ($34) is a beautifully plated dish. Thin skin with precut duck chunks. Daikon, cucumber, scallions and hoisin sauce for packing into thin crepes. 8/10
XO Radish Cake ($7) was also well done with home made xo sauce on top.
Cucumber & Avocado ($7) is also a good dish for vegetarians.
Wagyu Chow fun ($18) was good but not super. Cooked fine, meat quality was average.
Roast Squab ($16) was freshly fried and still juicy. Well done. Removed from menu on Summer 2021 visit.
Vegetarian Red Rice ($15) is a must get for vegetarians. Whole grain rice with golden raisins. Removed from menu on Summer 2021 visit.
Cauliflower Fried Rice ($17) was new on our Summer 2021 visit. We opted for no eggs. It was a solid version. 8/10
Pea Tenrils ($18) were cooked just fine but a TINY portion. 8/10
Blueberry Mochi Balls ($5) was a nice variant of the classic. Fresh and hot with crunchy bits. 8.5/10
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
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