I like their Dim Sum, haven t tried anything else. I don t know if I want to try anything else. I will go back for Dim Sum. The service is very poor, but I didn t expect fancy service at a Dim Sum Place. I liked most of the Dim Sum I tried.
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS PLACE!! AND IT STAYS OPEN UNTIL MIDNIGHT 7 DAYS A WEEK. They even have a late night menu that has dishes under $10 each. The different soups are tasty and the food is VERY FRESH!!
Fu Lam Mum receives a solid 2.5, equalling very respectable. Last night I went to this restaurant with my friend Ally, so this review will be a bit skewed. She eats there so frequently that they always bring complimentary soup and dessert. The soup is always winter melon, and the dessert varies. If you are not a regular, you won't necessarily get the perks or excellent service, but the food is still pretty good.
The winter melon soup is a meat broth with chunks of carrot, assorted meat, and winter melon. I didn't know what winter melon was until I had this soup; it's like a bland squash. This soup is always okay -- likely the healthiest soup offered. It is light.
The desserts I have tried include a weird white paste of tapioca consistency that was awful, I believe it was made of beans? Last night they comped the sweet bean soup, the kind that is brown. I don't mind the stuff, although I'd rather have cake. It's good for that particular dessert, which I've only had once elsewhere, at Ming's, for a wedding dinner. This is not an item I would normally choose.
This restaurant does the best jellyfish in Mountain View. It has peanuts and pineapple with a light vinaigrette. Jellyfish, surprisingly, has next to no calories and a decent amount of protein, and it's delicious.
The garlic crab special is wonderful. The crab is breaded and fried, and the garlic is on the bottom of the platter, fried with egg and other ingredients into little bits that can be added to rice.
The Singapore street noodles at Fu Lam Mum are overpowered by curry; this I would not recommend, but for lovers of curry.. The mongolian beef is well executed and very spicy.
Once I ordered Dried Bamboo Piths, and I don't know if they gave me the wrong item, or if Bamboo Piths really look like little sponges. Never again. The piths were soaked in a gooey mushroom sauce reminiscent of oily won ton soup.
This restaurant uses MSG, not too much, but there are a lot of items that simply can't be done without MSG -- and at least they are nice enough to be truthful about it.
If you go to this restaurant, I would suggest inviting someone who is Chinese, simply because every time I go by myself, I order something that isn't great. Every time I go with Ally, it's a feast, although the first time I stumbled in, it was also okay.
Fu Lam Mum has a fish tank with three koi, white, orange, and black, and the walls are yellow. They have these Chinese urns you sit on while you wait for a table, and during the dinner hour the restaurant fills up quickly. It's good -- it could be the best Chinese restaurant on Castro street; that's up for grabs with Chef Liu. I hear Shanghai Delight is great, but the dinginess of its exterior is scary. Fu Lam Mum is worth trying, and it is open until midnight.
I usually go after 9pm to get the late night special. The fried flounder is light and crispy and very fresh tasting. Basically anything seafood related seems to be wonderful here. And it's a great deal.
Went to dinner ~7pm Fri night and didn't have any problems getting a table for 10. Food was quite good and very authentic cantonese cuisine. It's known as a seafood restaurant and the oysters are particularly good as noted by a friend of mine who visits this establishment. Make sure to pay attention to the specials which are on each table. You're able to order 1 dish/table at a reduced price. We ordered the Peking Duck cooked 2 ways and were not disappointed, the skin was light and crispy and the buns were not the thin wrappers but thick buns. If you go at night past 9pm, they let you order from the lunch menu/late night menu which is much cheaper but same good quality food and portions.
i never would have come to fu lam mum without a reco from my sister. it just looks kind of dingy and unpromising from the outside. but she had tried it before and so we went & got lunch there. i was really impressed! all the food had a nice, light flavor--nothing too greasy or oversauced. the salted fish fried rice was great and the eggplant was some of the best i've had. portions were large and the prices were very reasonable. this was a real find!