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“Great authentic chinese”

Happy Cafe Restaurant
Ranked #199 of 432 Restaurants in San Mateo
Price range: US$5 - US$10
Cuisines: Chinese
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Reviewed July 20, 2013 via mobile

We were visiting SF and wanted to try a small simple restaurant and stopped by here (which is now called happy noodle). The waitress was very helpful and made some fantastic recommendations. I would move here just to eat at this restaurant more often. Fantastic!

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Reviewed February 22, 2012

This place is a hole in the wall for locals. Well, county of San Mateo is a "China Town" community. Amongst those hundreds of Chinese restaurants in the area, there are several xiao-long-bao (juicy steamed meet buns) serving restaurants, and Happy Cafe is the best I found so far. If you are a big fun of those yummy dumplings, go there.
Or, if you have any chance, go for weekdays' Lunch Special available on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Those lunch menus come with wonton soup, followed by a main dish over rice and a flavored egg, and it's less than seven dollars!!
Weekend dim-sum menus are awesome too but crazy busy around lunch time. Go there early in weekend, they open from 10 a.m. on Sat/Sun.
Bottom Line: Cheap eat but tasty, you won't be disappointed for sure.

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Reviewed January 7, 2009

Good noodles but the xiao long bao is better elsewhere.

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Reviewed March 14, 2008

Just good authentic, no muss, no fuss Chinese food - Xiao long bao, rice cakes, noodles, etc. Very limited hours of operation. Only dinner service is on Wednesdays.

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