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amazing lobster, chinese style

calabasaschow Feb 21, 2011 03:49 PM

Went to celebrate my mother-in-law's birthday and decided to try this Chinese-vietnamese style seafood restaurant. I had heard raves of this place from a few friends before, and since I love lobster, thought it would worth the wait-time & cost. We were a small party of 6, and went on a Friday afternoon at 5pm. The parking lot was only half full, so that was a relief. We actually only had to wait about 5 minutes, before we were seated in the main dining room (there are some private rooms).

The house special lobster was just amazing, in it's size and freshness. We ordered the 5 lb. lobster and it arrived very quickly...it was cracked and easy to eat, but do expect to get your hands and napkin full of the delicious sauce. The price of the lobster came out to $91, so it isn't an inexpensive dish, but well worth it IMO. We also ordered several other dishes, of which I loved the beef loc lac, as well as the the sauteed peasprouts. The seafood hot sour soup was very good, but it has a definite Vietnamese angle to it.

As we were leaving around 7pm, the number of people crowding the front entryway & even the parking lot must have numbered at least 50 or more...so if you go for dinner, the best time would be to arrive as early as 5pm.

Newport Tan Cang
518 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

  1. Servorg Feb 23, 2011 09:09 AM

    Is it just my imagination or did the OP get through their entire review without giving either the name of the restaurant they raved about or the address? Oh, well... ;-D> I get the feeling that this is the right place link. If not someone needs to speak up.

    ADD: Well, the place link didn't show up the first time I looked at this thread. And now, low and behold...here it is. At least it gave me time to add the website (which also includes their Rowland Heights location on Colima Rd) to the place link and to change the name of the place link to "Newport Tan Cang" - so the law of unintended serendipity can both give and take away.

    Newport Tan Cang
    518 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

    10 Replies
    1. re: Servorg
      ipsedixit Feb 23, 2011 09:16 AM

      You mean like this?

      1. re: Servorg
        calabasaschow Feb 23, 2011 11:57 AM

        Newport Tan Cang Seafood is what they go by, so I guess I was a couple of words short in my OP...thanks Servorg. That's sort of like one of my favorite pizza places, Sally's in New Haven (next to Yale U.)...some people know it as Sally's, or Sally's Pizza or officially as Sally's Apizza: http://sallysapizza.com/default.aspx

        Newport Tan Cang
        518 W Las Tunas Dr, San Gabriel, CA 91776

        1. re: calabasaschow
          Servorg Feb 23, 2011 12:11 PM

          I altered the place link name because, when I look at their logo on the website, it says (in English lettering) "Newport" on the left side and "Tan Cang" on the right. So I figured I couldn't go wrong by aping their own nomenclature. However, that sort of logical thinking doesn't always protect one here on CH as the "legal beagles with the Ph.D.'s in nit picking" can always find room for another angel on the head of any pin... ;-D>

          1. re: Servorg
            calabasaschow Feb 23, 2011 12:20 PM

            As long as it tastes good, it's all good :)

            1. re: calabasaschow
              Servorg Feb 23, 2011 12:25 PM

              Obviously you haven't been around CH long! All kidding aside, Cchow - I hope you'll stick around and lend another food obsessed voice to our confederacy of dunces.

          2. re: calabasaschow
            raytamsgv Feb 23, 2011 12:40 PM

            The official name is actually rather trivial. We prefer to save our energy for heated discussions about real issues, such as whether XLB can be categorized as a "bao." :-)

            1. re: raytamsgv
              J.L. Feb 23, 2011 04:06 PM

              The "B" in XLB stands for Bao.

              I hate it when they're called soup dumplings, by the way...

              Real issues... :-)

              1. re: J.L.
                raytamsgv Feb 23, 2011 09:02 PM

                I meant "dumpling" instead of "bao". That's what happens when my fingers type faster than my mind thinks. :-)

                1. re: raytamsgv
                  Tripeler Feb 23, 2011 09:19 PM

                  Or maybe you were hungry for a new avatar...

                  1. re: Tripeler
                    J.L. Feb 23, 2011 09:39 PM

                    I changed mine. On a whim.

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          ns1 Feb 23, 2011 08:52 AM

          maybe I need to revisit this place.

          I've been to the one in Santa Ana one or twice over a decade ago (waaaay before the expansion) and found the whole experience underwhelming.

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          1. re: ns1
            chezwhitey Feb 23, 2011 08:59 AM

            I went to the santa ana branch a couple weeks ago. The SGV one is much better, no question.

            1. re: chezwhitey
              Porthos Feb 23, 2011 10:00 AM

              Been to all 3: the Rowland Heights, the SGV, and the Santa Ana one. On lobster alone, I like the Rowland Heights one best since it is spicier and is made with more cracked black pepper. After that, the Santa Ana and SGV ones are tied. The SGV location has the benefit of nicer decor but the lobster prep is not really superior.

              1. re: Porthos
                chezwhitey Feb 23, 2011 12:32 PM

                I guess its one of those things where just depends on what night of the week you go and who the chef is.

                1. re: Porthos
                  catbert Feb 23, 2011 03:36 PM

                  have you been to the rh branch since their remodel? i've heard from others it's not that good and they give less.

                  1. re: catbert
                    Porthos Feb 23, 2011 03:57 PM

                    Last visit was about 6 months ago? Looked same to me so I guess that was before the remodel.

                  2. re: Porthos
                    catbert Feb 23, 2011 03:37 PM

                    p.s. the new decor at the rh branch is nice too.

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                Chandavkl Feb 23, 2011 08:15 AM

                After Din Tai Fung opened their second location I think Newport Seafood became the most crowded Chinese restaurant in the SGV. No wonder it gets so many recommendations on this board.

                Din Tai Fung Restaurant
                1108 S Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

                Newport Seafood Restaurant
                4411 W 1st St, Santa Ana, CA 92703

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                  chezwhitey Feb 22, 2011 09:57 PM

                  Pro tip: if you have leftovers of the lobster, use the chillies, scallions and roe to make some fried rice the next day.

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                  1. re: chezwhitey
                    J.L. Feb 22, 2011 10:43 PM

                    Hey that's what we do too! Amazing lobster fried rice.

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                    handlertaper Feb 22, 2011 06:31 PM

                    We love the House Lobster too and drive in from Santa Monice at least 1x a month. It does get very crowded but definitely worth the wait. We also order the French Beef and the clams with a spicy basil sauce. Soooo good. And the owners are lovely people who are always helpful.

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