Spicy Heaven

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#229 of 746 places to eat in San Mateo
Open now 17:00 - 21:30
$$$$ Average price: $25-50
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35 E 3rd Ave #4010
San Mateo, California, USA
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After visiting Central Park, you can look over the menu at this restaurant. Chinese cuisine is to clients' liking here. Spicy Heaven offers you good bao, fish and beef noodles. Tasty green pancakes deserve ordering. It's time to degustate delicious wine. Great tea is among the most popular drinks at this place.

Food delivery is a big plus of this spot. The well-trained staff welcomes visitors all year round. This restaurant provides you with a great choice of dishes at average prices. Guests appreciate the chance to enjoy the fancy decor. Spicy Heaven is a Michelin selection and it has been awarded 1 black knife-and-fork symbol: according to the experts' opinion, this place maintains quite cosy atmosphere.

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3.5 stars For a restaurant called "Spicy Heaven," there are a surprisingly large number of items on the menu that aren't spicy at all! In fact, what you'll find here is a good selection of Northern Chinese food, which makes use of pickled ingredients and sour flavors! The restaurant is a total hole-in-the-wall with janky seating and questionable cleanliness, but the homemade food is definitely good and a great value for the price! Once we sat down, we were started with two small plates of free appetizers: fried wonton strips (dusted with sugar) and pickled shredded cabbage, similar to kimchi! We ordered the leek and fish handmade dumplings, which were served with black vinegar on the side. The boiled, thick-skinned dumplings were rather bland, and there wasn't much filling, but this was a comforting dish nonetheless! My favorite dish had to be the hot and sour fish with preserved vegetables--this was a huge pot of soup containing white fish fillets, tofu, napa cabbage, vermicelli noodles, bean sprouts, and lots of preserved vegetables! The soup had a mostly sour (not at all spicy) flavor and was just so warming and delicious--the portion was also huge for the price!
The best Chinese sesame pancake (芝麻大餅), green onion or scallions pancake (蔥油餅)and chives box/dumpling (韭菜盒子)in Bay Area. After I took them to the place, some of my friends from Taipei would go there every time they visited Bay Area.How good a sesame pancake is can be measured by the number of layers you can see from the side. Theirs has about 10 layers while most of the ones served in other Bay area northern Chinese restaurants are more like a bread, with zero or a few layers inside. This makes a huge difference in taste. But you have to be patient to enjoy it, because the chef make them freshly and bake it only after an order. It is well worth the wait!Most green onion pancakes served in area restaurants are deep fried at high temperature, such that it is too hard and also too oily. The ones served here are pan fried at the right temperature, taste slightly crispy and no excess oil. Both the green onion pancakes and the sesame pancakes also taste great when taking home and put in a toaster.I don't know how to describe the chive boxes. They are so different from the ones served in other Chinese restaurants in both taste and appearances. You have to go see and taste it to know what a delicious chive box is. Their other dishes are OK, although my five star rating is primarily based on the above items. In fact I would give them six stars.
A MICHELIN Guide Restaurant in California. Good Chinese Food in San Mateo
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35 E 3rd Ave #4010, San Mateo, California, USA
Features
Delivery Takeaway Booking Сredit cards accepted No outdoor seating Wi-Fi Parking TV
Opening hours
SundaySun 11:00-15:00, 17:00-21:30
MondayMon 11:00-15:00, 17:00-21:30
TuesdayTue 11:00-15:00, 17:00-21:30
WednesdayWed Closed
ThursdayThu 11:00-15:00, 17:00-21:30
FridayFri 11:00-15:00, 17:00-21:30
SaturdaySat 11:00-15:00, 17:00-21:30

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