Delicious, pretty good. Personally, I believe this is the most delicious and authentic Chinese Northern dishes I had in Bay area. Strongly recommended. Note, for weekends, prepare for the super long waiting list...
Environment is so-so, friendly to say. Waitress is average friendly . Foods are really great, and cost is reasonable, around $8-10 for most dishes.
Sesame bread great, Chicken cream corn soup, Crab Meat Cream Corn soup, Beef with green onions, Mixed vegetables...
Ada N. on:
3/27/2013 5:03:00 PM
My favorite: sesame bread. Honey walnut shrimpCrowed during weekends. 1 h ahead make a call to get taking out
Denise H. on:
3/13/2013 1:43:00 AM
We went there for late dinner last night. Food was fantastic!The lamb soup was really good and the portion size was huge! Unlike most of the Asian places, their service was very good too! I highly recommended this place!
Jackie M. on:
3/7/2013 4:05:00 AM
The fried rice here is excellent!The place is gigantic and it fills up fast for lunch every day of the week.They move people in and out of here very quickly so if you're wanting a laid back dining experience, chatting it up with friends, lingering a bit after you have eaten...go somewhere else. :)They do not like linger-ers.On the plus side of moving things along quickly, the food is served in record speed.Some of my favorite Chinese dished (szechuan beef, General's chicken and other deep fried foods) are not offered here.I usually get the chicken and veggies and request it very spicy.It is delicious.
Rabs W. on:
3/4/2013 12:35:00 AM
My family and I have been coming for years and find it better than the other Islamic Chinese in the bay. My best friend and I also make it a point to come here at random times and enjoy their food when we can! One of my favorite things about the restaurant decor are the huge scenic pictures of the Kabah on the wall, its gorgeous!The food tastes excellent and usually comes out hot and fresh. Here's what we normally order:Chili Chicken- (if you are desi, this is a staple LOL) IF you love spicy than this is a dish for you and what's good is that it tastes great even when you eat it the next day.Sauteed Green beans- I hate green beans but these are DELICIOUS!! They are seasoned and sauteed just enough and taste really good.Three Flavor Sizzling Rice Soup- This is a family favorite. I love this soup and what's great is that their recipe hasn't changed. While another halal Chinese place we've gone to replace the snap peas with brocolli (gross), Darda has kept it real and delicious all the way!!!Paratha- So there's this thin flat bread with green onions they make that is so good. I'm sure it has a different name, I think a chinese name, but I think it's cute how they use the word "paratha" to appease their south asian clientele.Now the rest of the stuff we order is the usual- Hunan beef, mongolian beef, kung pao chicken, chicken Chow mein, three flavored fried rice (not at one sitting lol) and it's all for the most part really really good.The only thing I would beware of is that parking is hard to find because this place (in fact the plaza it's located in) is ALWAYS BUSY and FULL of PPL so parking is not always fun. Also, it can get a little chaotic in the restaurant, meaning service might not always be tip top, so you have to beware of that. Other than that, it's a family restaurant I'll happily go to!
Courtney C. on:
3/2/2013 1:28:00 PM
My mom comes here at LEAST once a week, so my review may be a little bias due to the special treatment from the owner. Not sure why everyone is hating with the three star reviews but the food here is always hot, fresh, and comes out really quickly.**They will only seat you if your entire party is there!
Hannah C. on:
2/18/2013 4:04:00 AM
Located in Milpitas Square, this is a convenient place right off the 237 & 880 junction to eat family style with a large group. Since it's halal, the major meat groups served here are seafood (in the restaurant's name, duh), chicken, beef and LAMB (no pork!). Husband and I walked in here by ourselves once and had no idea what to order and didn't really enjoy our meal.But, coming back with some better informed friends, bumped this place from a 2 to 3 stars in my mind. Funny enough, the big winner of our 10-person dinner was the Kung Pao Chicken (I teased husband mercilessly for ordering such a gringo dish, but it was quite good!). Other tasty dishes that we enjoyed included the lettuce wraps with minced shrimp and veggies, mushu beef & egg with thin pancake wraps, "homemade" (better translation according to V: knife-cut) noodles with beef, and sauteed greens.We also ordered a soup with pickled cabbage, clear noodles and lamb, seafood and veggies, and sesame green onion bread (kinda bland and super dense). Most of our table was male, but it was the perfect amount of food for all of us, including a toddler. And the bill came out to about $125 (including 18% automatic gratuity for a party larger than 8).I appreciated that the food wasn't super greasy and that the portions were good. It was tough to flag down waiters, but the food came out pretty quickly. Price seemed reasonable for how much we ate and the amount of tip charged. Not our fave Chinese in the area, especially consider how many options there are in the South Bay, but convenient for large groups converging from around the Bay with its geographical location and abundance of large tables.
G C. on:
2/15/2013 2:58:00 PM
TLDR: this restraunt had it's highs and lows. Definitely would suggest following hte reviews for the green onion pancakes. Would advise getting a beef noodle soup and skipping the fried rice.Beef noodle soup - 4/5. Broth here is absolutely amazing! Clear, transulcent broth, refreshing in flavor, without any remnants of blood from cooking (true to the halal style). Noodles were alright, on the overcooked side. Beef was tendor and well flavored.Green onion sesame pancake - 4/5. This is quite a large dish - expected one pancake cut into fourhts, but got 2 large thick pancakes! Flavorful with green onions, without being overly salty. Definitely would have this again.Spicy eggplant - 3/5. Despite the glossy exterior of the eggplants, the spice was rather mild and did not taste very oily. Definitely cooked to a good point where the eggplant retained it's shape and hold, without turning into a mush upon contact.Honey walnut shrimp - 3/5. Standard style, seemed like they (thankfully) didn't use as much mayo as other restaurants. Plenty of walnuts and shrimp on this dish!Lamb homemade noodles - 2/5. Very light (despite the glossy sheen), but lacking in distinct flavors. The lamb and noodles all blended together into one homogenous taste.Fried rice - 2/5. Not much to say here. Quite different than the style of fried rice I am familiar, with many bite size pieces of veggies, meat and egg. Definitely a lot more "plain"
Jon H. on:
2/12/2013 12:20:00 PM
There is definitely a good mix of cuisine here. This is not your typical Chinese restaurant. Take some time to explore the menu. You'll find quite a few additions. I definitely recommend this place as an off the beaten path and under rated restaurant.
Harvey K. on:
2/11/2013 7:13:00 AM
Darda is always busy, especially during lunchtime. If you decide to drop in midday, my recommendation is to either go a little early or a little late. The food there is pretty good (note: Darda is a halal restaurant, no pork). I always get the following dishes when I am there:- Chao Ma Mian (spicy noodle soup with shrimp, squid, beef, and assorted vegetables, you can choose either regular noodle or knife-shaved noodle)- Stir Fried Beef with Leek- Kung Pao Shrimp- Green Onion Sesame Bread (MUST GET!!)I can always count on getting a good meal at Darda. Price is reasonable and I have always gotten good service there. Go ahead, give it a shot!
john z. on:
2/1/2013 11:53:00 PM
I love their sesame pancake!! Simply gorgeous!!I always order one to go when I got a chance. They are quick!
Elizabeth L. on:
1/30/2013 11:06:00 AM
Tasty dao xiao mien (knife shaved noodles) - ordered the lamb and beef, both were delicious. Onion pancake was a letdown - skip this - should've probably ordered the sesame bread (da bing).
Christina L. on:
1/15/2013 3:43:00 PM
Dishes ordered:- Sesame Bread with Green Onion (thin), $7.25- Chicken Homemade Chow Mein, $6.95- Lamb Homemade Chow Mein, $7.25- Mu Shu Beef (with 4 Pancakes), $9.95- Beef with Leek, $11.95The Sesame Bread is a popular choice here, and the thin option is actually quite thick. The thick option is about twice as thick as the thin ones. Very filling dishes due to all the starch. The homemade noodles are thick and can be floury. Beef with Leek is typically spicy, but you can request non-spicy. The Mu Shu Beef doesn't actually come with American pancakes; it comes with thin wraps that you fill with the beef mix. It's pretty tasty, but the wraps are so thin that it ends up tearing if you put too much of the beef mix.Every time I've come, it's always busy. I will never forget the time I found a ladybug in one of my dishes. My family has been calling this place "Ladybug Restaurant" ever since, and we still come back despite the incident.
Jason H. on:
1/4/2013 11:31:00 AM
Darda is one of the few restaurants in the Bay serving Islamic Chinese cuisine. Fortunately, that lack of competition hasn't affected the quality of either the food or the service, both of which are great.The greatest item that Islamic Chinese restaurants serve are the sesame and scallion bread - a large round of delicious and soft layers of pan fried scallion and oil bread with a fantastic crisp crust coated with white sesame seeds - then cut into wedges. They offer the bread in both thin (approx 1/2 inch) and thick (1 inch) varieties. I personally prefer the thick version, but the thinner variety takes less time for the kitchen to prepare and is naturally more crispy. Order this first!You'll also find a variety of the standard "Chinese food in America" dishes - egg rolls, fried rices, beef and broccolis - prepared pork free with halal meat. Please don't waste your time.So few Chinese restaurants do lamb as well as Islamic Chinese restaurants, I take full advantage. I love the Pickled Cabbage and Lamb Soup - a delicious sour broth served with a bit of rice vermicelli mixed in. If you're in a less brothy mood, the Pickled Cabbage and Lamb Hot Pot is similarly delicious stew. The Hunan Spicy Lamb is a simple stir fry of lamb with peppers and onions with a very nice kick. If you are in a Mu Shu mood... get the Mu Shu Beef with the egg topping - the whole thing is topped with a thin layer of scrambled egg. And always be sure to ask what fish is in season and available for a pan fry.If you are in the mood for a chow mein, fortunately they do it with the knife-cut preparation, where the noodles are cut in a very rustic way with varying lengths, widths and thicknesses.The service here is surprisingly good for a Chinese restaurant - waitresses have always been very friendly. The decor inside is spartan and a bit worn. Prices are reasonable. The food is fantastic so be sure to get here early because the wait can get very long. Plus, the parking lot at this shopping center is always packed anyway. Just be prepared to bring a lot of patience to dinner. It will all be worth it.
S J. on:
1/2/2013 2:29:00 AM
the gan bian si ji dou (dry fried four season bean) and yu xiang qie zi (fish fragrant eggplant) are very good here. the other notable item here is the zhi ma da bing (sesame pancake). both the thick and thin ones are delicious, but i personally prefer the thin one. more fried sesame surface area to the soft inner layers of bread and scallions.i was excited to have their taiwanese style breakfast with soy milk, rice rolls, and such... but that was only 3 star worthy at best.
Anish M. on:
12/26/2012 1:31:00 AM
One of the best Chinese food I have had in years! Went with a group and we had the chance to taste quite a few dishes! No complaints and extremely satisfied...
Rucie R. on:
12/19/2012 7:24:00 AM
This place ranks as one of the worst for service. Their food is great try their shrimps with hot pepper and their chili chicken. I have never called for take out and been asked "whatca want".This is my sons favorite place don't let the service shake you.
William K. on:
12/17/2012 3:21:00 AM
Normally I am not a fan of chinese food but my boss loves this place and always makes us eat team dinners here. All the food is really good and they have this bread with green onions inside it that is tasty as a replacement for rice. The service is FAST and the food comes out QUICK. Overall good place to eat.
Jeanne Y. on:
12/15/2012 7:10:00 AM
I was exhausted from a day of volleyball and was a little bit cranky. The wait wasn't helping. Luckily, the food cheered me up.Luckily, the DaBing (large scallion/green onion biscuit) was delicious. I really wish I could translate properly what we ordered. This is one of C.'s favorite restaurants in the bay area, and he's been wanting to bring me here for months.Get something with the homemade/knife-cut noodles. The QQ (al dente, for you non-Asian folks) texture is just perfect, and the carby food is delicious. Eat it all there. It won't taste so good after you bring it home.We also got what I suppose is called mongolian beef. Excellent dish. Perfect for being soaked up by the DaBing.If you don't know what to get, look around at what other people are eating and point. Or ask your waitress.
Peg S. on:
12/13/2012 7:29:00 AM
Zoo-like atmosphere during peak times, but the sour cabbage lamb soup and the *thin* sesame seed and the green onion bread (the thick one is just too filling to eat anything else) are the things to get here. On the night we dropped in, someone went a little crazy with the vinegar cuz the soup was a little too much on the sour side. The pancake was a hit, as usual, fresh/hot/sesame/green onions/crispy flavor goodness. Everything else--cashew chicken (small bits of chicken), short ribs (aack - too chewy!) and lamb noodles (saucy wierd)--was just ok.
Kim l. on:
11/24/2012 2:58:00 PM
Arrived at lunch time on Monday and there was no wait. Whoo hoo. Waitresses are super nice which is very rare at a Chinese restaurant. My friend and I shared:Onion pancake: not the thick sesame one, but the regular one. It's not deep fried like at Liang's Kitchen, so it's somewhat healthy. 3.5/5Garlic Eggplant lunch special: comes with rice and soup: 4/5 great flavor, good texture.Oxtail soup with noodle: 3/5 Good portions, but I have had better.Wouldn't mind coming back to try other dishes. Extra star for the friendly service!
Raizel G. on:
11/18/2012 10:57:00 AM
Pretty good. I have also eaten at their Newark location, and the one in Milpitas is way more popular. We had to wait quite a while for a table for two during lunch time. The food was great! The service was just okay, but I'm sure that it was because we came during the most hectic time of the day. I would recommend trying to arrive before noon if you are trying to eat lunch here on a work day.
Sherry L. on:
11/8/2012 1:29:00 AM
Pretty good northern chinese food!The lamb and pickled cabbage soup with noodles was really good. The broth was amazing, and the lamb was lean and flavorful. I was slightly disappointed by the pickled cabbage, but then again, who can make it better than my parents?I also really liked the seaweed dish. This is a homey dish that my mom likes to make and is really just boiled seaweed with lots of garlic and a sesame oil and vinegar dressing. Really yummy!I saw some hearty dishes ordered by other tables... definitely want to try more dishes next time!
Andrew C. on:
11/7/2012 6:55:00 AM
Pretty popular lunch spot in the 99 Ranch Asian strip-mall. I arrived at 11:45 and easily got a table. When I left at 12:30 there was a line of several parties waiting.Eats: Lamb with sour cabbage noodle soup ($7.25?) + $1 for the handmade / knife cut noodles (Dao Xiao Mian).Large serving for the price. My bowl came out within minutes and was almost overflowing the large bowl it came in (http://www.yelp.com/biz_…)The lamb was tender and had a smokiness to the flavor so appeared to be stir-fried with the cabbage and then put into the soup. Broth was thick and flavorful. I loved the contrast of the sour cabbage flavor with the savoriness of the broth and lamb.The knife shaved noodles were inconsistent in thickness with the thickest ones about 1/4" thick (http://www.yelp.com/biz_…) and not fully cooked through. The made an adventure of finding the thinner noodles to eat. These had good chew and texture.I had plenty of leftovers so the plus side of the undercooked thick noodles is that they rehydrated further and held up better than typical noodle soup leftovers the next day!
David W. on:
11/5/2012 4:08:00 PM
Haha, we were put into the "VIP Room" in the back because they were filled in the front. This place is packed during lunch!!!This place is Muslim Chinese but everything literally tatstes the same. I wouldn't be able to notice.Their hand cut noodles are their specialties. We ordered family style and everything was delicious. Especially their walnut shrimp! Yummy!!!
Lolia S. on:
10/28/2012 9:10:00 AM
The first Chinese Islamic Halal restaurant (that I can remember) in the Bay Area still draws crowds. I hadn't been there in a few years and am happy to report it as an oldie but goody. The menu has typical Chinese dishes (soups, seafood, beef, lamb, poultry, warm pot, vegetables, noodles) minus the pork. On weekends, they have a brunch menu with soy milk, Chinese donuts, etc. During the week they have lunch specials. Though it's called a seafood restaurant, I never thought of seafood as one of their specialties. They're known for their sesame bread. They also have handmade noodles.* Green onion pancake http://www.yelp.com/biz_…: huge but possibly the thinnest version I've ever seen, not much green onion but good flavor, seems perfect for wrapping stuff in almost like a tortilla, not too greasy, light in color (usually the color is more golden and the exterior crispier), personally found it too thin on its own* Cold beef http://www.yelp.com/biz_…: Slices of marinated beef cold cuts drizzled with sesame oil, topped with scallions, not as flavorful as some other places, goes well with the green onion pancake* Beef dumplings http://www.yelp.com/biz_…: homemade thick wrapper, very juicy (surprisingly so for ground beef), nicely seasoned, delicious* Soy milk: thick, fresh and hot; you can ask for it sweet, savory or plain.Portions are generous, prices reasonable, and the restaurant is spacious enough for large parties and banquets. If you like lamb and Chinese food, you should check it out.
Anna M. on:
10/20/2012 4:01:00 PM
I'm sure everyone has certain foods that they crave uncontrollably from time to time... well, one of those happen to be spicy beef noodle soup for me!A plus of working for a Chinese company is that I know all the good spots to eat (not that it's hard to find or anything since I'm located in Milpitas). A coworker had recommended Darda's spicy beef noodle soup. Quite honestly, I was a bit skeptical due to the mediocre reviews on Yelp and none specifically on beef noodle soup. But I said to myself, "what the hay?"THANK YOU ELMO (nickname of coworker)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!This place, by far, has the best spicy beef noodle soup I have ever tasted. So scrumptious, I DIE! Unlike the other beef noodle soups I've tried, this place has the perfect amount of spice and saltiness. I find other places to make it WAY TOO SALTY. In addition, the noodles are homemade and perfectly textured. Not too doughy, not too tough. PERFECTION. I usually opt for the thick noodles, that way it can soak up the broth and be equally as flavorful. Generous amount of beef! I love how the put cilantro in this bowl of goodness as well.The only downside about this place for me is that they proceed to speak Chinese no matter what :( I AM KOREAN :(Anyway, highly recommend for beef noodle soup!
Kurt S. on:
10/3/2012 8:24:00 AM
I went here with a bunch of computer science people I knew from college as a mini-reunion sort of thing. We ordered 8 dishes and shared them family style. The food was good, for the most part.The few complaints I have are as follows:1. I ordered the hunan lamb (I've had a really good one before) and the waitress told me that the cumin lamb is better and basically ordered for me. It would be ok to just tell me that their hunan lamb isn't very good, but I for one am sensitive to cumin, and found the dish to be overpowering. I'd prefer to order something that I want, unless I ask the server to tell me his/her favorite(s).2. It took forever for us to get water. It took our server at least 4 reminders before she actually brought us the water.3. Our bill was being paid for partly in cash, and after we confirmed with her how much cash we gave her, she shorted us on the actual receipt. $73 of our bill was paid for in cash, and she confirmed we gave her that much money, but looking on the credit card bill, she only took $63 off. When we asked her what happened, she got angry and started yelling at us that we only gave her $63. It's very rude to yell at a customer, let alone an entire group of patrons that spent a large amount of money at their restaurant.The food was decent, but the service was pretty rude.
Dalu Q. on:
9/29/2012 8:48:00 PM
I really like the sesame pancake, the thick version.All the other stuff..meh
Ruzan B. on:
9/26/2012 1:56:00 PM
This review comes 5 years late :) I was introduced to this place by a friend and it's been a favorite since. Warning: Don't expect any kinda service ethics here. Be happy with what you get and you'll be fine :)Some background, it's a muslim-chinese owned place and serves the regular chinese food that you would expect. This place serves one of the best sesame-leek breads, something I would love to carry back home. I normally order their lunch specials, since they are perfectly sized and priced.
Cindy X. on:
9/8/2012 8:31:00 PM
Authenticity check? DING DING DING, we have a winner!If you're looking for American fake-Chinese food (think orange chicken), or regular/standard traditional Chinese food (think xiao long bao/dumplings), then skip over Darda in favor of the other restaurants in Milpitas Square. Darda's uniqueness lays in the specific type of Chinese food it serves - primarily catering to a northwestern Chinese taste that is somewhat similar to Middle Eastern and Mongolian food. Specialties: lamb, and flour-based meals (as opposed to rice-based). Of course, the seafood there is pretty spot on too, which makes sense seeing as how it's in the restaurant name.I usually dislike lamb cooked non-Chinese style (European, Mediterranean, Indian, etc.), since it's way too gamy for my tastes, but I absolutely LOVE lamb cooked northwestern Chinese style. We ordered the lamb with preserved vegetable soup, lamb with hand/knife-cut noodles, a special fish of the day, and a sesame green onion thick pancake that turned out to be the best part of the meal for me - about 1.5 inch thick, crispy and sesame-covered on the outside, chewy, yeasty, and green-onion-flavored on the inside.Also a huge plus - service was SO QUICK! The line was out the door most of the time we were there (7pm on labor day evening), but we luckily snagged a spot during a short lull. Our order was taken a few minutes after we were seated, and the food arrived soon afterward.
Connie C. on:
9/3/2012 7:11:00 AM
Like all Chinese restaurants- you have to know how to order your food!I absolutely hate it when people put down a Chinese place for "poor food" when it's most likely because they didn't order right, k?Don't go for your Panda-Express favorites here.Order all or some of these items at Darda and I'm almost 100% sure that you'll walk away with a pleasurable dining experience:Thick Green Onion Sesame Pancake (Da Bing)Lamb (or Seafood) Thick Dough-Sliced Fried NoodlesShuang Dong Yu Pian (fish)Lamb with Green OnionsChao Ma Mian (champohng)Lamb with Picked Veggies and Vermicelli SoupFried PotstickersDarda is definitely our family's favorite go-to restaurant in the Bay Area!Biggest plus? Food comes out FAST. Today, our first entree came out less than ten minutes after we ordered and it was top-quality too!It has gotten quite popular over the years, which might explain the "rushed service". But, in reality, the waitresses will always be there when you call for them. In fact, when a busboy forgot to serve our tea today, a waitress scolded him for forgetting our table."Overcrowded and loud"?I mean, sitting around a table, eating delicious food with people you love and shouting above the hustle and bustle in a crowded restaurant? What, did you really expect the same service you'd get at a Western place? Shame on you.You can't find a more home-y or traditional/cultural Chinese experience than Darda's!
Dawei L. on:
8/18/2012 7:06:00 AM
Darda is probably my favorite chinese food restaurant in the East Bay. I've been coming here since I was 8 and I've even taken most of my close friends(white, asian, indian, etc.) and they have all enjoyed it.While Darda has its flaws(like a typical chinese restaurant its not the cleanest nor is the service the best), it's popularity and deliciousness are unrivaled in this area. There are almost always lines here for dinner and the place is usually packed.I usually get a few staples at Darda. Its most unique dish is its large sesame bread with green onions. I have not been able to get this type of bread anywhere else in the bay. It's delicious and definitely worth it and the serving size is huge.In terms of dishes Darda has two dishes I find great and stand head and shoulders above the rest. My favorite dish is lamb with pickled cabbage. The cabbage tastes slightly unusual for those who aren't used to pickled dishes, so its an acquired taste, but I've grown to love it. The other great dish is cumin lamb. Although the cumin taste is particularly strong, I still find this dish incredibly enjoyable.Where Darda really shines in terms of value and taste is its noodles. I love the three flavor fried noodles as well as the three flavor soup noodles. Fresh, flavorful(repeat word haha), and unexpensive, Darda has a specific type of noodle(knife cut, dao xiao) that you can find almost no where else in the bay. (It's a Chinese specialty) Thick and chewy, I can eat a bowl of noodles by myself. I also found the Beef Noodle Soup really good as well.Darda also happens to be halal, so there are no pork dishes and you will find a large amount of muslims who also want to have chinese food. Their menu is diverse(many specialties but a lot of chinese standards) so you will definitely find something that suits your tastes. Give Darda a shot, you'll definitely find something enjoyable.
Monica N. on:
8/16/2012 12:03:00 PM
I've been here for lunch and it's always crowded. The second time we came, it's so crowded that we got seated in a corner with a small table not enough to fit our plates! It was difficult moving the dishes back and forth making sure they don't fall. Now that's the last thing I want to worry about when I'm eating.But when a place is crowded, food must be GOOD right?? Not necessarily, just mediocre. I ordered beef chow fun, and it was way too salty that I couldn't stop drinking water. My friend's food was better, she ordered mongolian with rice.Service was better than the food. For a crowded place, they managed to be very friendly and attentive. The wait for food wasn't that bad either. Our waitress was nice enough to refill our waters almost immediately after we empty our cups. Might come back here again and try other dishes, but I know I can find better chow fun elsewhere.
Way F. on:
7/21/2012 3:08:00 PM
Every once in awhile, I come here for their three flavor hot noodles, beef with pickled cabbage, and sesame bread with green onions (the thick chewy one). The food has been tasty and consistent almost every time. It's just as good if you order out and it's prepared fast (usually 10 mins).The food is a bit rich and heavy, so keep that in mind.
Linda T. on:
7/12/2012 5:18:00 PM
Darda is hella good, ate here on 5/27Ordered:Sesame Green Onion BreadLamb with Green OnionsLamb with Chinese cabbage soup3 flavor hand cut noodlesI had zero complaints about the food, we strolled in at around 5pm and got seated immediately, towards the end of dinner there was a pretty long wait to be seated. It's totally worth the drive from San Francisco, just make sure you get there early.
Audrey G. on:
7/5/2012 3:14:00 AM
Came here for an early dinner on a Saturday, so the place wasn't too full and the staff was pretty attentive. We even saw a few women sitting around a back table cleaning a pile of snow peas - so typical of a Chinese family restaurant.Anyways, we ordered the thick sesame bread with green onions, three-flavor knife cut noodles, and orange peel beef. The orange peel beef is definitely unique, and is like orange chicken but with crispy sliced beef, and a more authentic sauce. The sauce was a little too thick and starchy for my preference, but the beef still tasted amazing. And the sesame bread was sooo good! And the price was reasonable for the amount of food we got.
Hari B. on:
5/28/2012 2:48:00 AM
This is a low cost, authentic, roomy, fast paced joint.Service is friendly. It is in a Chinese-frequented mall on 237, so lot of authentic restaurants and stores in the mall.I have gone to Darda for many years - they are always good, unique and memorable.We got the thin sesame bread, kung pao chicken, homemade lo mein and pepper fish, tsing tao. Everything came in huge portions and the bill was under $40.No change in plans - will go there again when in the area, recommended.
Linda D. on:
5/28/2012 3:33:00 AM
Tried this place twice. Upon the first visit, I thought it was alright. On the second visit, it was more disappointing! HA, I think I finally learned my lesson.But keep in mind this is from a vegetarians perspective. The first time I tried vegetarian fried rice, and the vegetarian dumplings. The dumplings wrapper were a little too thick for my liking. I don't remember anything about the fried rice, so I guess it wasn't that great ha!Seccond visit, I tried the vegetarian fried noodles. They use thick noodles, which I don't like as much as the thin noodles. The vegetables on it taste good though. The hot and sour soup was disappointing. A little bland, not sour enough.I also don't like the taste of their garlic chili hot sauce. Tastes like the cheap brand ha, I'm Asian and I love hot sauce, so I know what I'm talking about. It tastes too salty, and vinegar-y.Anyways, like I said maybe the meat and seafood dishes are better. It is called Darda Seafood after all!
Emmeline S. on:
4/29/2012 2:36:00 AM
OM NOM NOM... is seriously the noise I make whenever I'm stuffing my face at Darda. =) Something about this halal Muslim-Chinese restaurant encourages excess. Everything-- from the pillowy rounds of sesame-studded green onion bread, to the huge steaming bowls of chili-fragrant beef noodle soup, to the crowded chatter of a hundred diners-- makes you feel like you're surrounded by this cornucopian abundance of food and warmth, and that you have some pressing obligation to your Asian peasant ancestors to chow down like a glutton.No... ? That's not what it feels like at all? Oh, I guess it's just me & my tummy then. =/I used to dread Darda because my parents insisted on eating dinner there 1-2x a week for my Entire. Fucking. Childhood. Now that I've flown the coop and experienced how terrible Chinese food can be outside the Silicon Valley, I've come to appreciate and miss this place.... Especially the noodles. The noodles here are hand-pulled and knife-shaven to the thickness or thinness of your specification. They're chewy, hearty and perfectly toothsome when slopped into a bowl of beef & tendon soup. The knife-shaven curried seafood noodles come tangled with rosy shrimp, mung beans and thick cuts of scallions, and the Cong Bau Yang Rou (Lamb with spring onions) is a certifiable mouthgasm when eaten over rice. The Suan Cai Yang Rou Tang (Lamb soup with pickled cabbage & vermicelli) is an acquired, but wonderful taste- each spoonful yields a mouthful of salty, savory & tangy mellowness.Everything is abundantly flavorful... so much so that many dishes are aggressively overseasoned. Some days, I wonder if the beef noodle soup is really "soup" or just anise-flavored soy sauce. The dry-fried string beans leave a thick film of grease on your mouth, and the fried noodle dishes could use an oil blotter. Tell your waiter beforehand "less salt & less oil" so that the chefs can prepare your food accordingly. I wager they listen about 20% of the time (because the food is mostly pre-cooked) --and generally only when you have a demanding Asian mama with you-- but it's still worth a shot. :)In any case, the food is, overall, good and cheap (so cheap!), and honestly, it's hard to complain when your mouth is full.Bottom Line: Heartburn... so worth it.
Nadeem A. on:
4/12/2012 12:45:00 AM
I'm usually a little hesitant to try halal places, since they're usually inferior to their non-Halal counterpart.* But every once in awhile, I'll forget my rule and end up at one of these joints only to be disappointed by the bland and overcooked food.We ended up at Darda one night and ordered things like hot and sour soup, kung pao chicken, mongolian beef, and a noodle dish. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't good either. We ate the food, but it lacked flavor and was not very memorable.The reason that this place isn't getting 2 stars is because there was one time when I' went with friends that ordered Chinese dishes that I'd never tried before. That food was pretty good. So, this place gets bumped up a star for the food that I can't name and will never be able to order on my own. :p* This rule obviously doesn't apply to types of food that are really Halal by definition like Pakistani or Middle Eastern.