By Gretchen Kurt
Peking Palace fulfills a special
niche in the San Diego dining scene as the precise
all-in-one Chinese restaurant to meet your takeout,
dine-in, banquet, and catering needs.
It accomplishes this with attentive
dining service, a peaceful interior, and delicious
food that will satisfy your midday and late
night cravings! Obscurely located in University
Town Center across from Robinson May and next
door to Cozy Mels, Peking Palace is worth
discovering (though it could benefit from signs
off Genesee Avenue).
The restaurant seems spacious,
thanks to its simple elegance and wide walkways
between tables. Aligning the left side of the
restaurant are two rows of comfortable booths,
regular or L-shaped.
The mood is casual and down-tempo
with lime colored tablecloths and the sound
of Spanish guitar courting you in the background.
Its décor is subtle, blending mahogany,
pastels, and glass medians. Peking Palace has
changed locations and chefs its past 21 years
but maintained a loyal following. The menu is
Its best deal is the $7 luncheon
combination that comes with soup, an appetizer,
Pekings menu includes vegetarian options
like the Sauteed Baby Bok Choy, Vegetable with
Beancurd Soup, Mu Shu Vegetable, and Spicy Eggplant.
Peking has revitalized its menu
with the help of Kin Yee Shek, the distinguished
executive chef from Santa Monicas celebrated
Madame Wus. Shek is masterful at discreetly
saturating each dish with memorable sauces.
He revs up your tastebuds with Pan Fried Dumplings
with sweet teriyaki dipping sauce and just crisp
enough Shanghai Egg Rolls. The Crab Raggon is
This appetizer comes in a deep
fried wonton skin delicately filled with crab
meat and cream cheese.
The pairing is harmonious and delightful with
each bite. For a dramatic entrance order the
Three Flavor Sizzling Rice Soup. The sizzling
begins when your server tosses squares of fried
golden rice crust in the hot broth.