New Sam Woo BBQ opening in San Gabriel ...
- ipsedixit May 24, 2007 08:21 PM
... sure looks like it.
On Las Tunas Blvd. in the shopping center just a bit east of San Gabriel Blvd., in the same strip mall as the Albertson's and Tokyo Lobby.
Sounds good to me. I haven't been to Sam Woo in a long time, but I have enjoyed their food in the past. How many Sam Woo's are there now? I know the one in Irvine, the one in Alhambra...
I checked on Wikipedia, and these are the Sam Woos in the area. I never knew there were so many Sam Woo's!
Freestanding - Alhambra (BBQ)
Cerritos (BBQ and Seafood)
Costa Mesa (Seafood - defunct)
Covina - (BBQ - defunct)
Irvine (BBQ and Seafood)
Rowland Heights (BBQ and Seafood-closed around December 2006)
Freestanding - Chinatown, Los Angeles (original BBQ closed - relocated BBQ still open)
Van Nuys (BBQ)
Garvey Plaza - Monterey Park (BBQ)
Mandarin Plaza - Rowland Heights (BBQ and Seafood)
San Diego (BBQ)
San Gabriel Square - San Gabriel (BBQ and Seafood- Closed- Lost lease at beginning of 2007)
Apparently, there's one in Nevada and Ontario, Canada as well.
Well my wife and I ate there last night so definitely the place is open. We got there around 6:30 and soon after we arrived the place was filled. I don't know what happened but our order took 30 minutes to arrive. My wife was looking at the other orders coming out (many to people who were seated well after we were) and observed that it seemed they were bringing the same dish out to two different parties, as though they were waiting for two orders to come in before they made a particular dish. Was our 30-minute wait worth it? Unfortunately, no. We only had simple dishes of young chow fried rice and shredded chicken chow mein, but the former was really salty and the latter was really greasy. Both were quite bland. The water glasses also smelled of peanut oil. The dishes we observed going to the other tables looked decent, like most any other Chinese restaurant. Portion-wise, they were medium, being neither skimpy or generous. We also noticed that a couple of other tables complained about the slow service. Now, this must be taken in context of the restaurant only having just opened sometime during the week so maybe the kitchen and the service need to settle down. It sure was crowded in there. Given the multitude of Chinese places in the area, there's nothing special about this one.
Thanks for the review, Monkuboy.
Yah, that's pretty much par for the course at Sam Woo, IMHO (minus the slow service - but that's probably due to the new location / wait staff as you said).
FYI: Sam Woo's (in general) are serviceable, homely Cantonese-style food. Depending on the cook (and the location), it can bump up to "Good" or drop down to "Awful." The highlight of most Sam Woo's is the price and value. I'll give the new location a try next week or something (give it some time to settle in).
it's my understanding that SAM WOO BBQ & SAM WOO RESTAURANT is not a chain and most are independently owned.
and it's not the name of the founder as many believe. SAM in chinese is three, in this case symbolic for the three strokes for the character of the culmination of heaven, man, and earth. WOO or WO meaning harmony.
OK EVERYBODY!!! Each and every Sam Woo's IS a different restaurant. It is not a chain. That is what I was told by those who work in the Original Sam Woo's on Broadway in Chinatown L.A. If they were Americans they would have taken this to court but I don't think they have copyrighted the name.