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Yum Cha Palace opens in Menlo Park

Uploaded: Jan 29, 2017
New life has finally been breathed into the long-vacant space at 1039 El Camino Real in Menlo Park, the former home of Su Hong's sit-down restaurant, with Yum Cha Palace opening its doors this Sunday, Jan. 29.

Jason Kwan, who also owns Jason's Cafe and the to-go Su Hong location in Menlo Park, is behind the new dim sum restaurant. An employee confirmed on Sunday that it was open.

When Kwan bought Su Hong's popular takeout location on Menlo Avenue in 2015, he also took over the larger El Camino Real restaurant space. Su Hong closed there in 2012 for renovations and never reopened.


Local restaurant owner Jason Kwan took over both the original Su Hong restaurant and the to-go location, above, in 2015, now named Chef Kwans. Photo by Michelle Le.

Yum Cha Palace has both a dim sum and a full menu with typical Chinese fare — dumplings, noodles, peking duck, walnut prawns and more. More expensive items include a grilled "giant" beef short rib ($29), braised abalone with sea cucumber ($30) and grilled lamb chop ($28). The restaurant also serves market price lobster and crab; diners can choose how they would like it cooked (wok fried with ginger and scallions; with black bean sauce; salt egg yolk; steamed; with salt and pepper; or with melted cheese).

Yum Cha Palace is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and for dinner from 5-10:30 p.m. The restaurant is taking reservations online.

The original sit-down Su Hong restaurant opened its doors in 1977. The to-go location opened in 1991 and became a community fixture in Menlo Park — to the point of much fear (and even tears) that when Kwan took over, it would mean the end of the beloved institution. Kwan did change the name of the to-go location, but kept the same menu and staff.

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Posted by AJ, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown,
on Jan 29, 2017 at 7:07 pm

Thanks for the heads-up about the opening. Excited to try it!


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Posted by Stefan, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown,
on Jan 29, 2017 at 8:16 pm

We had dim sum lunch here on opening day and really liked it. Will be back for sure. The interior is very well done, service was attentive, and the food was fresh and served nice and hot.


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Posted by foodie, a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks,
on Jan 29, 2017 at 9:15 pm

Do they have carts circulating with fresh dim sum or are you supposed to order from the menu?


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Posted by Carol, a resident of Menlo Park,
on Feb 1, 2017 at 4:50 pm

We had dinner there the other night and it was very good. The place looks really nice and the staff were very attentive. We had Mongolian Beef (excellent, and a bit different than we've had it before), Shredded Roast duck pan seared rice noodle with vegetables, and a house special chicken dish. The food was delicious and very fresh. The bar area is beautiful...can't wait to go back when it "officially" opens!


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Posted by Jayne, a resident of Menlo Park: other,
on Feb 2, 2017 at 6:07 pm

The food is great. You order off a menu, not with carts.

Try the soup dumplings and you won't regret it. Generous portions, inexpensive relative to others in MP and great wait staff.


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Posted by Clunge, a resident of Menlo Park,
on Jul 20, 2017 at 2:18 pm

Finally had a chance to get in there - I miss Su Hong. The food was very bland - tried quite a few different dishes and it was the same for each item. I don't wish them any ill will, but good for you folks who liked it. I'll have to find another place to get my chinese food fix.


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Posted by Clunge, a resident of Menlo Park,
on Jul 20, 2017 at 2:21 pm

Just to clarify- I was talking about the To Go place - not the spot on the El Camino.


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