138 Cyril Magnin, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410237.785950 -122.408827
Mon-Fri 11:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Sat-Sun 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Tenderloin
This does not qualify as real Chinese food! We ordered the spicy chicken with mushrooms, and the sweet & sour pork. About the only difference between the two was the type of meat and the sauce. Other than that, the base ingredients - green peppers, red peppers, and onions - were the same. Looked like it was cooked in about 5 minutes with no effort. I can cook better Chinese food at my house.
Service was horrible too - they sat me, my wife, and I right at the front of the restaurant near the front door (the place was almost empty), and we had to call them over several times just to make the order and ask for some more rice. These people don't care serving good food, they're just there to serve crap food quickly and get paid. Not worth it. I've had better food at Charlie Chiang's in the local mall food court. Don't go here, it's a major trap! The manager and wait staff were rude and they included a 15% "service charge" in the bill! Why? Psh... my guess is because their service and food are so bad that's the only way they can get a tip - i.e., by forcing you to pay.
Worst Chinese Food Ever – I ordered the Kung Pao with Shrimp. The base tasted like it was made from ketchup. It was horrible. Even if they had made it correctly, the Kung Pao would have be mediocre. It's embarrasing to have a chinese restaurant this bad in a city like San Francisco.
Despite the tourist trap locale, this union Square Chinese restaurant serves authentic--and sometimes outstanding--dim sum. – This long, slightly cheesy wedge of a restaurant nestled in the shadows of the tourist-spewing Union Square hotels actually offers authentic enough dim sum to attract conneisseurs of the cuisine along with the out-of-towners. Shangai soup dumpling, fried sea bass, and chicken satay are among the highlights of the dim sum carts, although beware of the Blitzkrieg style service: the waitstaff tends cheerily push dishes at you, some of them surprisingly expensive, which can leave your wallet in ruins.
What a rip off! – My husband and I will never be back to the place! They didn't tell us the prices of dim sum plates. Cart ladies pused us to get something different that we asked questions. I guess they pushed more pricy plates! Moreover, our bill was already included a 15% service charge! Hello? We were just 2 adults. We found it before we handed our credit card. When it was back, they already removed the details and just gave us credit card receipts to add tip and sign. We were glad we found the service charge!
Good, solid Chinese food in Union Square... – Had dinner at Tian Sing just last night (7/5/08) and it was quite good. The decor is quite nice, the restaurant wasn't over-crowded on a Saturday night and the service was very attentive, but not at all intrusive. Although they do make and serve Dim Sum, it's a bit on the expensive side, and although it is quite good, I wouldn't come here for a true dim sum experience, the dim sum here are more like appetizers or side dishes. In other words, they only have one lady pushing around one of two carts, one for fried plates and one for steamed, so I wouldn't say this is a true authentic dim sum restaurant, I'd say it's more like a chinese restaurant that also serves some dim sum, too. So, that having been said, we had the Beef with String Beans, which was excellent, and the Chicken with Cashew Nuts, also excellent, although it had some celery in it, which I, personally, feel always overpowers the subtler flavors of any dish it's in, but my wife, however, loves it. Plus, we also had a few plates of dim sum as appetizers- some spring rolls, some chicken satay on sticks in a nice curry sauce, and some chicken-stuffed mushrooms, all very very good. Dinner for two, with a couple of Tsing Tao beers, came to $67 including tip, and it felt like a good value. So, if you're in SF, in the Union Square area and don't want to shlep all the way over to Chinatown to wait in line for an hour for your dinner, try Tian Sing- it's a few steps off the beaten path, but very very good. We'd go back in a heartbeat, and would definitely recommend it to friends.
Food is not bad, but pricy – Read the review and went there for DimSum because it is close by to our hotel.
The food is not bad, but it is a little bit pricy. We (2 people) order 10 samll DimSum dishes and the check is mroe than $60. They also charge %15 of srvice fee in the bill.
Dim Sum - Yum! – My husband and I stopped in on a whim late Saturday morning for dim sum, and we really enjoyed our meal. The service was prompt and friendly. They offered a great selection of delicious dim sum, chosen from the carts. The dishes were all very fresh -- some of the best dim sum we've had in SF, and we've had a lot! Decor was also very nice -- we liked the exposed brick "dragon" on one side of the restaurant. Nice natural light from the wall of windows, and a semi-open style kitchen.
Pros: Overall excellent and yummy food, good service, great selection.
Cons: The wide table base made for uncomfortable seating for my tall husband; sweet sesame rolls were not as fresh tasting as the rest of the dishes.
Overall, I HIGHLY recommend this place. A great addition to the Union Square area eateries. Oh, and regarding the prior post about parking -- hello?!? This is SF! Never park on the street without paying a meter and carefully checking the street signs. One can, however, find cheap and easy parking a block away at the Ellis/O'Farrell garage for just a few bucks.
Fantastic Chinese in Union Square – This is a great dim dum place in Union square, comparable to Yank Sing! I thought Yank sing was it for dim sum in SF, but Tian Sing does mean dim sum without the crazy rush madness. Its about a block away from powell street near Bart. Highly recommended!
worst chinese food in town – The food is overpriced and the Service is horrible. I dined there expecting fine dining but I got Jail House service.
Parking is horrible. There is a sign outside that says customer parking and I parked my car there to dine and I ended up with a $75 ticket. What is going on. This is Just damn right ridiculous. I would only recommend this place to ex convicts because that's how the service treats you.
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