3170 16th St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410337.764820 -122.423484
Sunday 11:00AM - 11:00PM ,Monday 11:00AM - 11:00PM ,Tuesday 11:00AM - 11:00PM ,Wednesday 11:00AM - 11:00PM ,Thursday 11:00AM - 11:55PM ,Friday 11:00AM - 11:55PM ,Saturday 11:00AM - 11:55PM
Neighborhoods: Central, Mission Dolores (Hub, Mid-Market), Mission Dolores
GREAT dim sum – I've eaten at Big Lantern several times, and ordered for delivery once. Their dim sum is really great, and it's so nice to not have to head to the avenues/Geary or Chinatown for decent dim sum. The selection is really good too--pork buns three ways--steamed, baked and pan fried. I've tried em all. They also do really good faux meat dishes--I HIGHLY recommend the General's (faux) Chicken. It is to di3 for--my meat eating husband even loves it. Other highlights are their chow fun and fried rice dishes. Best I've had.
Reliable dim sum and Chinese favorites in the Mission. – A beautifully carved wooden screen and goldfish-filled fountain inject a dash of elegance into the otherwise casual dining room. A screened-in porch and a few sidewalk tables provide additional seating for neighborhood locals and small groups.
Accessible Chinese standards prove consistent but make for few surprises. Dim sum standouts include a tasty tunip cake and sweet and savory baked barbecue pork bun. The menu is stocked with plenty of the usual suspects--including kung pao chicken and Peking duck--but mains like beef with winter melon and the Half Moon Bay Harvest, a heaping serving of prawns, scallops, fish and calamari, liven up the offerings. Sweet endings include sugary sesame puffs filled with red bean paste and fresh mango pudding.
Finally! Great Chinese in Mission, Not Greasy – I've tried a few Chinese joints here in the Mission but nothing has really made me want to come back for me. Big Lantern has changed this. I got takeout, tried the Mongolian Beef and the pork potstickers. The food was not heavy or greasy, and the beef was well spiced but not overboard. The menu is not extensive, but this is a good thing: perhaps instead of serving the same chicken dish with difference sauces they can really focus on fewer things and doing them better. I am very please and will be returning!
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