In honor of Chinese New Year, one of the places we ate at was Tai Wu. This place is a traditional Cantonese restaurant. When yo u walk in you see these chandeliers on the ceiling. They have a massive painting about 10-15 feet tall with a large lotus flower on it. Below the painting is a statue of Guan Yu and Zhang Fei with fruits. The tables are large and round with white table clothes for a large family gathering. The waiters wear a white dress shirt and a black bow tie.
We are brought a silver tea pot with jasmine tea and some salted baked peanuts. We ordered crab meat fish maw soup, Dungeness crab with minced garlic and vermicelli, deep fried salted egg yolk Dungeness crab, pork tongue dried oysters and fat chow, yu choy, honey walnut prawns, fried rice, a whole chicken, and fish. Our family says it is important that we order a whole fish and a whole chicken. The chicken symbolizes unity and family whereas the fish symbolizes abundance. We also ordered my favorite dish; Peking duck with steamed buns and hoisin sauce. We finished up our meal with a mango pudding dish with condensed milk. One of my favorite desserts to order at Chinese restaurants (If they have it).
I would recommend Tai Wu to anyone who loves traditional Chinese food. Not Panda Express… This place is family owned and speak Cantonese and Mandarin. Places like this get bad Yelp ratings by Yelpers who come here with one or two people and expect some extravagant experience. You go to Cantonese restaurants for the food. Not the service. Our service was excellent.The best dish we ordered was the Peking Duck. I am biased. I love Peking Duck. I like to take the crunchy skin with some meat, smear hoisin sauce on the steamed bun and eat it like a little taco.