Ma's Dim Sum does indeed serve dim sum - there's a bakery case in the front with dumplings and cakes, and the occasional table splits a plate of sesame balls - but the "cafe" in its name seems more apt. With its checked linoleum flour, pink walls, and wood laminate tables, the small, placid restaurant looks like it could serve cinnamon rolls fresh from the oven rather than homey Cantonese stir-fries. Ma's clay pot rice dishes with some combination of spareribs, Chinese bacon, and salt fish are aromatic and humbly elegant.
Even while it was happening, most of us who monitor San Francisco's restaurant scene recognized that 2010 was a peak year. The city's tepid tolerance for avant-garde flavors and techniques gave way to enthusiasm, and it became clear that Bay Area... More »
Highlights from SFoodie this week: 1. Joe Eskenazi, whose love for diners surpasses all of ours at SFoodie, writes a great guide to the five best diners in town -- one of which, he points out, is a... More »
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