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Shanghai No. 1 Seafood Village (first impressions)

Chandavki, one of the waiters said that the reason it took so long to open was because of the renovations.

Dec 20, 2011
ciaochow in Los Angeles Area

Shanghai No. 1 Seafood Village (first impressions)

Shanghai No. 1 Seafood Village is now open.

My first impression, walking through the door, was ... wow. They have taken the former Green Village space and turned it into what I imagine the Shanghai opium dens of the 1930s looked like. It is an opulent space, with scarlet walls and ebony woods. There are chairs in silver gilt fit for (minor) royalty.

I was there today for a late lunch. According to the sign, their grand opening was yesterday, December 18th. For lunch, they automatically present you with a dim sum order form, but you can also order regular dishes from the menu. The dim sum includes both the Cantonese and Shanghai varieties. The regular menu has the look and heft of a glossy fashion magazine like W - no mimeographed double-sided paper menus here. This is glossy paper with oversized close-up photos of mouthwatering-looking dishes, but I wasn't able to actually read the menu as it was monopolized by everyone else at the table, so I'm not sure what their prices are like.

We ordered, among others: the xiao long bao; vegetarian dumplings; special soup dumpling; baked pork buns, as well as some pastries. No dim sum carts - you can order from the menu, but there are also servers roaming the dining room with trays filled with dim sum ready-to-eat.

The food we had was great. As with all high-end dim sum establishments, the portions are small. The xiao long bao was so good, served in small tins. The skin was not too thick, just slightly chewy and practically melt-in-your mouth tender, with a gratifying spurt of juice. The XLB normally comes eight to an order, but there is a lunch size of only four dumplings for half the price. None of the dishes we sampled were overly seasoned - not too sweet, not too salty, just delicious.

Dining here is an experience to savor, from the fine china with gold edging to the relaxed and solicitous waiters. Unlike the typical Cantonese dim sum house, with its cavernous dining rooms, banging plates, and surly waiters, Shanghai No. 1 was a more intimate experience, with a relatively small main room. This meant that most of the food on the servers' trays was still hot from the kitchen, always a plus. This is the type of restaurant which uses real tea leaves in its tea (instead of tea bags) and where the servers use pens to notate on the order slip which dishes had already arrived to your table (instead of their fingernails). Despite only opening yesterday, the room was consistently 1/2 to 2/3 full.

Lunch dim sum prices are as follows: small dishes are $1.98; medium dishes are $2.98; large dishes are $3.98; specials are $4.98, with a few dishes even higher.

I really enjoyed my meal here and definitely plan to come back. I hope that everything stays the same and that they don't degenerate into another typical dim sum place.

Shanghai No. 1 Seafood Village
250 W Valley Blvd. #M, San Gabriel, CA 91776
P: (626) 288-1777
F: (626) 289-3777

Dec 19, 2011
ciaochow in Los Angeles Area

Indian food / Near Beverly Center

Second India's Grill. Have eaten there many times and have come to depend on their reliably great food.

428 S San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
(310) 659-3903

Dec 14, 2009
ciaochow in Los Angeles Area

ISO: American Steak house / set menu in the SGV area?

There is a Ruth's Chris in Pasadena....

369 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101-1909
(626) 583-8122

Aug 05, 2009
ciaochow in Los Angeles Area

the quest for cobbler

Just tried the peach cobbler from The Cobbler Lady and it was divine!

Jul 06, 2009
ciaochow in Los Angeles Area

Economical lobster still to be had in LA?

Picked up some lobsters (1-1.5 pounders) for Mother's day from Bristol Farms in South pasadena for $9.99/pound.

May 14, 2009
ciaochow in Los Angeles Area

Best bolognese?

As a fan of bolognese sauce (including having spent a few hours making my own several times), I really enjoy La Scala's version if you're willing to travel to Beverly Hills. Not sure how traditional it is or not, but it certainly is delicious, as is their chopped salad. Happy birthday to your husband!

434 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills (310) 275-0579

Apr 09, 2009
ciaochow in Los Angeles Area

Haru - new sushi place

no, i don't think they do but maybe they could fax one to you?

Nov 21, 2008
ciaochow in Los Angeles Area

Haru - new sushi place

I hadn't seen anything on Chowhound about this newish place on San Vicente just south of the Beverly Center. Sushi places are a dime a dozen in LA, but there is such an emphasis on fresh and healthy ingredients - the salads are made with organic ingredients, they use rice bran oil for deep fried foods, and most importantly, the fish is very fresh.

My friend and I started off with a generously sized seaweed salad, and a side order of sauteed shishito peppers.

They offer an extensive selection of specialty rolls, as well as traditional sushi/sashimi offerings. My friend started with an order of yellowtail sashimi (2 slices to an order), which was very fresh, and I ordered spicy tuna and spicy scallop rolls. I generally don't venture too far from the rolls, but the spicy tuna and spicy scallop rolls were both delicious, and in my opinion, better than those I've had at Sushi Gen. The spicy tuna/spicy scallop rolls came 8 pieces to an order.

We also tried a Caterpillar roll and Rainbow roll. Again, very generously sized.

They have a nice sized selection of premium green teas, but no alcohol unfortunately. The service was extremely gracious and personable. I would love to see more people discover this place - I really enjoyed it. Our food total came to just under $70.

Haru Sushi & Roll Cafe
480 S. San Vicente Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
T: (323) 782-0547
(free delivery within their delivery area)

Nov 20, 2008
ciaochow in Los Angeles Area


I have not tried Josie, but the Urth version is fantastic and is actually where I ordered my own Thanksgiving pie. Some places the filling is good but not the crust, or vice versa. With Urth, everything is great. Whole pie goes for $40, which is an absolute splurge but ... it's Thanksgiving.

Nov 18, 2008
ciaochow in Los Angeles Area

Wolfgang's Steakhouse - Report

I went to Wolfgang's Steakhouse on Saturday night as an early Mother's Day celebration. I've never written a review before, so go easy on me. :-)

We were a few minutes early for our reservation, and were seated right away. The restaurant is a beautiful space, with high ceilings, dark wood floors, light walls, and an open, airy feel due to the wall of windows. I did not see any booths; most tables seat four, with a few larger tables in the main room, a private room off to the side, and another, more secluded dining room in the back.

Just as a comparison, I've eaten at Ruth's Chris, Mastro's, the Lodge, Lawry's, the Palm, Morton's on Melrose, Porterhouse Bistro - a fair number of steakhouses as my mother is a fan of red meat. Mastro's had been my go-to steakhouse.... until Saturday.

We started off with a shrimp cocktail. The jumbo shrimp were so fresh there was a slight crunch to each bite. We also ordered a Wolfgang's Salad, which is a chopped salad, but not the typical chopped salad with garbanzo beans and salami. This is a delicious mixture of chopped tomatoes, green beans, red peppers, shrimp, and onions served in a half cup of lettuce.

For the entrees, two of us decided to split the steak for two, and two ordered grilled chilean sea bass. The sea bass was very good. The steak was tasty as well. It is served on a sizzling plate, and the beef comes sliced. The waiter adds a bit of zing to the presentation by skating a slice of beef along the hot plate before serving it. We had ordered it medium, but be aware that the sizzling plate does continue to cook the beef. I didn't mind, though, as it was tender and flavorful.

We ordered a baked potato, mushrooms, and steamed spinach as sides. The portions here are very generous and were perfect for our family of four.

Dessert was probably the weakest point of the meal - we got key lime pie and pecan pie. The portion size is rather small for the $9.95 price, but the schlag... the schlag! Schlag is their whipped cream, and it is scrumptious. It tastes richer, more substantial than the typical whipped cream which is pumped full of air.

Mr. Zweiner himself was making the rounds, and he stopped for a moment to chat with us. He took a genuine interest in asking how our dinner was, and it was a nice way to end the meal.

Overall, I much prefer Wolfgang's to Mastro's. I always felt a bit claustrophobic at Mastro's, and the last few times their quality had seemed to slip a bit. I never could figure out what the orange color on my steak was! Our total for the meal, plus one bottle of mineral water, was $250 not including tax and tip. Of course it will take more than one visit to know if Wolfgang's is consistently good, but ten days after opening, I was very pleased.

Wolfgang's Steakhouse at 445 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills (310) 385.0640

May 12, 2008
ciaochow in Los Angeles Area

Anybody know when Wolfgang's Steakhouse is opening?

EaterLA reports that Wolfgang's Steakhouse is opening May 1, 2008. They are accepting reservations.

Apr 18, 2008
ciaochow in Los Angeles Area

Beggar's Chicken?

I believe Green Village in San Gabriel (on Valley) has this as part of one of their set menus. We tried it about a year ago and I quite liked it. The waiter who served us asked us what we thought of the dish - he said everytime the kitchen made one for the staff to try, it would be ordered by paying customers and they never got to sample one.

Feb 07, 2008
ciaochow in Los Angeles Area