A popular debate among locals is where to find the best pot stickers in The City. A good candidate for everyone's Top 10 List would be the ones found ... More
Tai Chi Restaurant
A popular debate among locals is where to find the best pot stickers in The City. A good candidate for everyone's Top 10 List would be the ones found at this casual Hunan and Szechuan eatery that attracts a cross section of pot sticker lovers from all over. These dumplings are a little spicier than most, in keeping with the fiery cuisine of the regional dishes served here, with a generous pork-based filling and a wrapper that is neither too doughy or too crispy. For a main dish to follow, the noodle dishes, also spicy and tossed with meat, fish, or vegetables make a rib-sticking meal. One word of warning, when a menu item is listed as spicy hot, believe it. If in doubt, the courteous wait staff can help you out with what may be too intense for your palate.
I ordered delivery b/c of the good reviews but after I ordered, I waited two hours, called two times and was told that the driver was on the way. He/she never showed up and by 10:30 pm (after the restaurant was closed) I told them to cancel the order. The manager said the food would arrive soon and would be free. I said ok and the food never showed up! I never had such a horrible experience where the food doesn't even show up! So I am never even trying to order from there again.
I ate in Chinatown a few times and was very disappointed with the food and service. A friend on mine recommended Tai Chi just outside of Chinatown. Giving Chinese food in San Francisco one more chance I went there and loved it. The staff was friendly and very helpful in making suggestions and recommendations. The atmosphere is not romantic or exotic but it was clean. The next time I am in San Francisco or neighboring areas I am looking forward to going back to Tai Chi. ~KAT~
I lived near Tai Chi for several years and have moved ou tof the city. I still dream about the Black Bean Beef Chow Fun, Walnut Prawns (best anywhere), Orange Beef, Shrimp with Asparagus, Garlic Prawns, etc. Frash delicious seafood,meat and vegetables expertly and simply prepared. They serve the tourist favorites like "Sweet and Sour Pork", and it looks like the food tourists expect. Get a bit more daring when you order and you will be delightfully surprised. Never disapointing and a GREAT value in a fun neighborhood.
Small but wonderful...next trip, I'll take Mary...she will love it. I went with Korea lady who only wanted Kimchi so she whined. Mary will love it and love me for taking her...then we'll do other stuff.
Sweet and Sour chicken was very very low quality food. It was dark meat and was one of the worse things i have ever eaten. You might want to try what these other people are talking about, but i would NEVER EVER send anyone to that place.
I discovered Tai Chi by accident, lost and starving in San Francisco. I go out of my way to get back every chance I get.
The Moo Shu is the only dish I don't recommend there.
The Walnut Prawns are the best I have ever had any where, even at three times the price. The Black Bean Sauce is remarkable - I highly recommend Prawns and Asparagus in Black Bean Sauce or the Beef Black Bean Chow Fun, which is one of my favirotie comfort foods. The Prawns are always fresh and high quality.
I also like the Twice-fried Pork and the Orange Beef is incredible.
This place is a great value for high quality food, best in San Francisco as far as I am concerned!
We decided to take a break from our usual delivery orders, and reading the excellent reviews here, decided to give Tai chi a chance.
The delivery dude grunted, and handed us our food, and shuffled off, then we crowded around the table and dug into the meal, prepared to be delighted. We ordered:
General Tsos (since it was SO reccomended)
The pot stickers tasted like they were coated in some strange film--the dough was far too expansive for the pork. Not terrible, but definately not our favorite.
The Lemon chicken definately was the most palatable of the courses. Unremarkable breaded white meat chunks with a lemon sauce.
The General Tsos--this is what destroyed us. Copius amounts of it in a take out box made me incredibly giddy, but once I bit into it, I knew I shouldnt have. This basically was a bucket of soggy, 90% fatty dark meat slathered in slightly spicy, and way too sweet tso's sauce. Some of the bites even actually made me gag. I tried to look for the white meat parts, but those were few and far between, and incredibly stringy once found. I gave up about halfway into my first serving, pre-emptively drinking some pepto.
Highly, highly not reccomended. We're sitting here now feeling very ill.
Tai Chi's is a San Francisco institution; I have been eating there for over 20 years. The food is great tasting and although not the cheapest in San Francisco still a good value. The take out is always delivered very quickly, even on Chinese New Year! General Cho's chicken has got to be my favorite followed by the pot stickers. Probably not the healthiest since the chicken is battered and fried with a sweet sauce so I try and round it out by having a mixed vegetable dish, spicy of course.