Are you living in the Bay Area and can’t choose which Chinese Restaurants to go to?
It’s true – the Bay Area is filled with Chinese cuisine everywhere you go. There is a sizable Chinese and Chinese-American population in the Bay Area which has led to a plethora of Chinese restaurants to set up shop in this area. The question, though, is which restaurant is the best?
This is where Great China comes in. Situated in Berkeley, CA near the UC Berkeley campus, this restaurant was already receiving rave reviews years ago from a niche group of people before the restaurant went down in flames due to a kitchen fire. More than a year later, the restaurant is finally back in operation with interior and exterior to go along with it. At first glance, one can immediately see that the restaurant design has been drastically overhauled, going from a mom-and-pop shop to an extremely elegant and modern design. As a result, the ostentatious aspect of the restaurant has certainly done its job in attracting many non-Chinese Americans to take a visit inside the restaurant, as seen from the long lines that accompany the outside of the restaurant every lunch and dinner.
But of course, what really matters is the food and Great China doesn’t disappoint. Great China’s Chinese food is quite unique in that it offers a selection that goes beyond the typical, Americanized cheap Chinese food like Kung Pao chicken or Mongolian beef. In addition to these types of Chinese food, which Great China serves better than most other Chinese restaurants, it offers a huge selection of sophisticated and highly-prized traditional Chinese cuisine such as Peking Duck and Double Skin noodles. These two dishes are two of the most popular dishes in the restaurant and for good reason.
Good peking duck is virtually impossible to find in most Chinese restaurants in the US let alone cheap fast food-type Chinese restaurants. Great China’s peking duck is different from most other peking duck in that the meat is tender yet void of the exorbitant amounts of grease and fat that you often see in many other peking ducks. This meat coupled with the fatty, crispy duck skin is an absolutely immaculate combination. Likewise, the doubleskin also reflects a perfectly matched combination of different flavors resulting in mixed taste that actually works. This is a reflection of Great China’s uncanny ability to select the perfect combination of different textures and tastes of different foods. Too many restaurants simply mix a bunch of different, tasty ingredients but fail to realize that no matter how tasty each individual ingredient may be, this has no bearing on the taste of the combined product. This is precisely where Great China excels and this is a mark of not just a premier Chinese restaurant, but of a restaurant in general.
There is good Chinese food to be found all over the Bay Area. However, Great China succeeds in going beyond just “good” food and is somehow able to deliver a 5-star culinary experience while also maintaining only 3-star prices.