WCreek: East Ocean/Alameda expands

Noted in EBay Times today:
The venerable Alameda restaurant East Ocean Seafood Restaurant is bringing its Hong Kong-style cuisine to Walnut Creek. In May 2022 owner David Chan opened a second East Ocean Seafood Restaurant inside his former Dynasty Bistro restaurant in Ygnacio Plaza. For now, the menu is a reduced version of the Alameda restaurant’s menu, but still encyclopedic. There are 20 types of freshly-wrapped steamed, fried or baked dumplings and 14 types of chow mein. Live seafood is available, and Dynasty Bistro favorites, like the glazed Princess Prawns and spicy Northern-style noodles, are still on the menu.

The new restaurant will eventually offer the full menu currently available at the original East Ocean, although it is much smaller. East Ocean Walnut Creek is located at 1841 Ygnacio Valley Road, WCreek, a few miles east of downtown. Open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily, with dinner service from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and until 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

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As noted in an earlier HO thread on dim sum restaurants, we live an easy drive from EO/Alameda and it’s a monthly stop for us. The cooking has taken a step upwards and our visit last week for dim sum for a Thursday lunch gave us a very good meal. The har cheong fun, rice noodle roll with shrimp, was exceptionally fresh, not oversteamed and with big, sweet shrimp. The beef and soft scrambled egg chow fun (aka ‘with gravy’) is also excellent.

We really appreciate that EOS seems lower in salt and MSG than any of the other Cantonese-style restaurants we’ve tried lately. This includes Mayflower/Dublin, which we consider very slightly better than EO/Alameda, but not so much as to be worth a special trip out there. We now avoid Saigon Seafood/Richmond after three so-so to average visits in a row. Daimo/Richmond is good, but uses a lot of MSG. Sasa Kitchen/El Cerrito, alas, permanently shut down due to the pandemic.

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Here’s a reportedly delicious way to save part of the drive to Mayflower if you’re inclined to go inland:

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Re Golden Sand Harbor/Dublin:

Do you personally like them? We found them on the salty side and erratic, after three visits with friends. Also, odd that they used fish sauce instead of soya in some of their dim sum. But some of their dishes were very good.

What were the dishes that were very good?

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