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Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

Both. Food is very good by westside standards and even with the smaller lunch portions it's a good value. Ordinary dinner entrees seem to be about $3 more than San Gabriel.

about 14 hours ago
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

Things are looking up! My son is there for lunch and he took 9 friends with him, and he says the place is more than half full today. Guess everybody goes out to lunch on Friday.

about 15 hours ago
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area
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Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

Hope you're right, but I suspect there's a much bigger potential lunch crowd in Beverly Hills than Santa Ana.

about 18 hours ago
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

Well it's better than ROC. New Port may have toned down slightly for the westside but it's still a short version of the San Gabriel menu prepared in a similar style.

about 18 hours ago
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Tony C's Best Dim Sum in Los Angeles

Plus the little old Chinese ladies who cut in front of you at Yum Cha.

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

As an aside, the restaurant called me this morning to confirm whether I was keeping my lunch reservation. I commented to my lunch partner that I was wondering whether they were so busy that they wanted to cull unused reservations, or whether they wanted to see if they needed to open up or not. Looks like it was the latter.

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

Don't recall seeing that. Orange beef, though.

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

Lobster not on the lunch menu. Not enough Westsiders seriously interested in Chinese food.

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

Well, 176 posts in the thread is pretty exciting for this board. Also Eater LA covered it. And my kids were excited (neither is a Chowhound or even a Yelper).

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

Doesn't rank with Tasty Garden's orange chicken, though.

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

I believe validated parking in back is $2.50. I parked at a meter a couple of blocks away.

Ipsedixit Was Right--Visit To New Port Seafood Beverly Hills

Well ipsedixit is usually right anyway. But I'm referring to a lively discussion on this board from a few years ago as to Westside Chinese food. It was posited that if a signature San Gabriel Valley Chinese restaurant were to open somewhere in West LA, that they would clean up. However, ipsedixit replied to the contrary with words something like don't be fooled by the number of knowledgeable Westside Chowhounds who understood and appreciated SGV Chinese food, but there really weren't enough such Westsiders to actually support a high quality authentic Chinese restaurant.

My lunch today at New Port Seafood was certainly consistent with ipsedixit's observation. When we arrived at 11:45am there were three pairs of diners in the restaurant, for a grand total of 8 patrons. Around 12:30pm the other three pairs had left, leaving just 2 of us to enjoy the restaurant by ourselves. However, before finishing around 1pm, three more pairs came in, restoring the total to 8 diners. Which means the place was less than 10 percent full the entire time, barely two weeks after the restaurant opening. Interestingly, 4 of the 6 pairs of diners were Asian. Now with everything on the lunch menu under $10, you really can't go wrong. We had the kung pao chicken (best I recall eating), basil fish (same as San Gabriel), mapo tofu (they tricked us by calling it something else), and string beans (so so, a substitute for pea sprouts which were unavailable). Not as good as Tasty Garden or other top SGV fare, but still one of the best lunch values in the area. And the place was almost empty. I can only hope they make up for it at dinnertime, though nobody has said they're full at dinner.

Now I don't deny that the Westside Chinese food scene has improved in the few years since the earlier thread. Hakkasan and Meizhou Dongpo seem to be doing OK, ROC is doing well enough to open up two more Westside branches, and 101 Noodle Express is looking to open a full service location on the Westside. But as of now, the excitement over New Port Seafood opening in Beverly Hills may have been unwarranted.

Shortest Chinese Restaurant Menu in the San Gabriel Valley

What has me completely baffled is that there's an Israeli copy of my blog.

http://www.directrss.co.il/TextPage_E...

Sep 17, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Shortest Chinese Restaurant Menu in the San Gabriel Valley

Barely have enough time to do my monthly article for Menuism. Besides I really don't have anything more to say.

http://www.menuism.com/blog/author/da...

Sep 17, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Chinese restaurants in downtown LA's chinatown? Anything good there, since i notice Chinese restaurants after a post-prandial stroll from Little Jewel

I stop at the cha shu bao.

Sep 17, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Shortest Chinese Restaurant Menu in the San Gabriel Valley

The cash register receipt says 99 Ranch on it, so that's what I call it.

Sep 17, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Shortest Chinese Restaurant Menu in the San Gabriel Valley

Restaurants called "99 Ranch" don't count.

Sep 17, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Full House Cafe--Dim Sum Alternative in Chinatown

Thanks for the Chinesupdate. It's interesting to chronicle the spread of Sichuan food throughout both our historic Chinatowns (particularly San Francisco--hasn't hit Los Angeles Chinatown yet) and other areas. Seems like almost half the new restaurant openings in the San Gabriel Valley are Sichuanese (and almost another half, Taiwanese hotpots), leaving scant room for other varieties. Plus all the authentic Sichuan places opening/converting in any university town with a large international Chinese student population.

Sep 17, 2014
Chandavkl in Manhattan

Shortest Chinese Restaurant Menu in the San Gabriel Valley

That honor goes to the recently opened Go 2 Deli, a Taiwanese eatery located in the food court at the Square in Rosemead, at Garvey and San Gabriel Blvd. There are just six items illustrated on the wall, strangely numbered 9, 10, 11, 12, 17 and 18. There is no printed menu. But wait--the selection is actually smaller than it seems. Two of the dishes are chicken fillet, one with ground pork over rice, the other with ground pork over noodles. Two other dishes are pork stew soup and pork stew noodle soup. And the other two dishes? Why ground pork over rice and ground pork over noodles. That's all, folks!

Chinese restaurants in downtown LA's chinatown? Anything good there, since i notice Chinese restaurants after a post-prandial stroll from Little Jewel

CBS

Sep 17, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

SGV: MaMa's Kitchen returns...

Thanks for the report. Wonder if the steam table is why Quick Meal is still on the markee.

Sep 17, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Mr. Baguette Downtown? In The Bonaventure?

When did that happen? Hopefully it's harder to dumb down banh mi than other kinds of stuff. Bonaventure is a graveyard for eateries, though.

Sep 17, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Tony C's Best Dim Sum in Los Angeles

Washington Cafe now Hunan House, and featuring hotpot [Chinatown, San Francisco]

Thanks for the on scene report. Didn't The Pot Sticker on Waverly Place also get rechristened to something with Hunan in the name?

Dong Du Hot Pot in Monterey Park

No that's Boiling Crab

Sep 15, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Dong Du Hot Pot in Monterey Park

Well TonyC previewed it in Eater LA and a couple of us have mentioned it on Twitter, but I don't think this newly opened restaurant has been mentioned on this board. Kind of like Boiling Point--choose from about 10 Taiwanese hotpots with standard set of ingredients. Reasonably priced at $10 plus or minus, with only about a $1 difference between lunch and dinner. I personally liked it better than Boiling Point, but they're not doing nearly the same magnitude of business. It's in Atlantic Times Square, right on Atlantic, near the theaters.

Sep 15, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Chicken Papa in Industry

Thanks to TonyC for the heads up in his latest Eater LA update of the San Gabriel Valley. What's interesting is the Yelp reviews of this restaurant. All 5 stars, all from first time reviewers. Hmmmm. Nevertheless this sounds like an interesting spot.

http://la.eater.com/archives/2014/09/...

Sep 14, 2014
Chandavkl in Los Angeles Area

Hakkasan

For complicated reasons, some of which have yet to be deciphered, there is a lack of innovation in New York Chinese food compared to places like the San Gabriel Valley, the suburbs of San Francisco, Richmond, BC and Richmond Hill/Markham Ontario. There was a touch of this in a recent thread on this board discussing Shandong beef rolls, a great innovative dish that is ubiquitous in LA, SF, Vancouver etc., and the discussion was whether even one restaurant in Manhattan or Flushing served that dish. Not to say that there isn't good innovative Chinese food in NY at places like Hakkasan, Red Farm, Decoy and XFF. But certainly on a community wide basis, New York is far, far behind the other cities mentioned.

Sep 11, 2014
Chandavkl in Manhattan

Chinese restaurants in downtown LA's chinatown? Anything good there, since i notice Chinese restaurants after a post-prandial stroll from Little Jewel

+1 on the pineapple top baked char siu bao. Sister chicken bao is pretty good too. One of each is a complete meal for about $2. And best of all they have their own parking lot.