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Emerald Chinese Seafood Restaurant

Emerald Chinese Seafood Restaurant
3709 Convoy St, Ste 101
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 565-6888

I recently found out that Emerald is offering a special where you get order 4 dishes for $24.99 or 7 dishes for $39.99.  I believe the deal has been running for a while, but it’s been a long time since I’ve been to Emerald so I didn’t know about it until my uncle visited a few weeks ago and we took him there.

This weekend, we went to check out the special deal. I was pleasantly surprised to see quite a few options on the special menu. And the prices are even cheaper than their previous late night menu, plus you don’t have to wait until after 9. I also noticed that during the week, they now have a dim sum special as well where all dim sum prices are priced at the price of a small dish. Here’s the special menu:

We opted to order seven dishes. We ordered:

Thai style clams

House Special Fried Rice

Shanghai style rice cakes

Deep Fried milk balls

Pan Fried whole flounder

Cod fish fillet with garlic sauce

Honey walnut shrimp

Everything tasted pretty good. When the food arrived, I thought the quantity was pretty decent, but we had seven dishes and eight people and polished it all off, so I guess maybe the quantity wasn’t as big as I thought.

The service was the only really bad thing. Our empty plates kept piling up and the waiters didn’t take them away. The waitress would bring our food over but told us she was too busy and that’s why she couldn’t take the plates away. I didn’t understand why she could bring the food, but not take the plates back with her on her way back to the kitchen. And it wasn’t even that busy.

Other than that it was a pretty good experience. It’s a cheap meal, with decent food, and decent variety. We will probably be back soon to try some of the other offerings.

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4 comments on “Emerald Chinese Seafood Restaurant”

  1. Hey Kirbie – Emrald has been advertising that special all over the Chinese language newspapers for months….. but offering of dishes seemed so haphazard (Thai Clams?) that we never tried it out.

    • Yeah there were some odd dishes on there. I figured it was probably advertised in the chinese papers, but I don’t (can’t) read them. The thai clams weren’t really what I imagined as Thai clams.

  2. I think I also saw this deal at Pearl in RB (isn’t that their sister restaurant?). We tried the specials there as well but the portions were really small for a big group.

    What are fried milk balls?! Sounds good!

    Is this special available for take out as well?

    • I don’t know if it is available for takeout. I would assume it is, as long as you order off of that menu. The fried milk balls were just so-so here. They are kind of like a deep fried donut, except the center is made up of a milk curd, so it’s soft and moist inside. I usually see them served on fancier dishes, not by themselves. I thought the batter for the ones at Emerald were too thick. Yeah, I heard Pearl, the sister restaurant, is running the same deal.

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