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Chinese seafood for only 2 people?

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Reading descriptions on this board of adventures in Chinese seafood and banquets have made me extremely covetous. But all those joyful posts seem to detail meals for groups of at least 4, and often more.... are there places where ordering for only two people makes sense? I guess I am asking for any picks where we can have a great time eating exiquisite Chinese seafood dishes (and some veggies) without going overboard on the family style. My range is anywhere from Santa Monica to the SGV, and probably the Valley too.

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  1. I don't see any problem in going to any of the restaurants. Yes, you won't be able to order a 4 pound lobster but there are plenty of other seafood choices.

    1. There should be no problem for two at any Chinese seafood restaurant. It's just that you'll be able to order fewer dishes and have more food to take home. Just beware: wedding banquets usually take place on Saturday or Sunday night, so it may be difficult to grab dinner at the more popular wedding banquet locations at those times.

      1. Pretty much any steamed fish dishes or shrimp by the pound will be OK for 2 people.

        We have 3 people and we still order the 3-4 pound lobster. Still good as leftovers. Plus I don't think they ever look at you strange for ordering a bit too much and taking the leftovers home.

        The one seafood item we didn't tackle are those gigantic 6+ pound crab. That's way too much...

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        1. re: notmartha

          My wife and I tackled an 8lb King Crab last night. It was awesome. The leftovers were great for lunch today.

          1. re: jkao1817

            Hats off to you then! We had 3 people (2 adults, 1 child), and tackled a 2.5 lb salt & pepper fried Dungeness crab. At the end of two pieces I have to throw in the towel.

        2. You're going to be hard-pressed to enjoy the full panoply of seafood offerings if it's just 2 people.

          I would suggest trying dim sum at one of the more upscale locales. You won't get to order any of the live seafood items (e.g. steamed fish, prawns, crab, etc.), but you'll definitely be able to sample a variety of seafood items.

          For example, at Sea Harbour in Rosemead I've had abalone, sea cucumber, squid, stir-fried giant clam, fish maw, etc.

          You could probably get a similar experience at Triumphal Palace, New Concept or the Kitchen.

          Enjoy and have fun.

          SEA HARBOUR
          3939 N. Rosemead Blvd.,
          Rosemead
          626-288-3939

          1. Depending on the size of crab, you could also get one order of whole crab. I've done this on numerous occasions as part of a 2 person meal. My mom and I can pretty much polish of a 1 to 2 lb crab in a sitting, with a noodle dish on the side or something. Of course, you can also order more than enough to stock the fridge =)

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            1. re: S U

              Which type of crab? The only ones about that size that I've seen is the Dungeness Crab at SF (about 2.5 pounds).

              The crystal (whitish looking?) and king crab are like 6 pound monsters - I asked.

              1. re: notmartha

                definitely dungeness... and I prefer the garlic s&p prep (if leftovers, then the crispy bits end up on steamed rice or something at home).