3288 Pierce St, (in Pacific East Mall parking lot) Richmond • 527-3888
SERVING: authentic and family-style Chinese food
OPEN UNTIL: 3AM
THE EBI REVIEW: I’ve been here several times and one thing you can’t fault Daimo for is consistency: The food is good (when they bring you what you actually order), the portion size is plentiful (just be patient while you wait a while) and the customer service sucks (somewhere between a language barrier and a lack of caring). If you aren’t easily irritated by communication breakdowns and/or in a rush, you will appreciate the expansive menu and late hours that Daimo has to offer. Whenever I’m here late, it’s always crowded. The majority of diners are Asian, which some people take for a sign of a restaurant’s authenticity. Most of the tables have lazy susans and drop-leaves to accommodate large parties. When I was at Daimo in a party of three, we dropped down the extra leaves to make dining more intimate (and hear each other above the din of dialog). The staff seemed suspicious and displeased by this. Of course, there is a dominating vibe of aloofness among the servers at the restaurant. Asking clarifying questions about menu items does not always go over well. Nor does explaining that you’ve been served the wrong item–or your order is incomplete. All that said, a carnivore, a vegetarian and one of those types of vegetarians who eat fish all managed to have an enjoyable meal at Daimo, plus leftovers for the next day’s lunch. Can’t be beat for a full Chinese menu until 3AM in the East Bay.
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