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Dec 9, 2012 04:27 PM

Fortune Gourmet Kitchen Opens in Chinatown

I always get excited when a new restaurant opens in Chinatown, even if it merely replaces an existing one. While Chinese residents started seriously moving into Monterey Park almost 50 years ago, Chinatown was still the dominant Chinese food area in Los Angeles well into the 1980s and I remember those times well. Latest entry in Chinatown is Fortune Gourmet Kitchen which replaces the short lived (maybe 6 months) Friendly Seafood, a location best known for hosting Sam Woo Seafood, upstairs in the building formerly known as the Food Center. Food here is fairly decent, typical Hong Kong seafood menu, but not earth shaking, which is the most you can expect in Chinatown these days. Good choice of lunch specials. They use the street address of 727 N. Broadway, #215, even though the restaurant fronts on Hill Street.

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  1. I've been twice for lunch and agree with your assesment of fairly decent. They sure cleaned the place up from it's previous existance as Sum Wu Seafood. I'll miss Sum Wu's kao yuk though.

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    1. re: JAB

      Kao yuk has killer written all over it. Love the stuff though.

      1. re: JAB

        I saw someone having kao yuk at a table. It looked good.

        1. re: silverlakebodhisattva

          No dim sum, just lunch specials. Went back for dinner and was impressed. Thought I was eating in the SGV. Not Sea Harbour, of course, but fish fillet, special tofu, and beef chow fun were not only quite good, but dinner tab came to $27 including tax.

        2. Came here for dinner last Saturday after a day at the Getty. Food was good, it did not make me jump up and down, but, now I know where some of the staff from Golden City migrated to.

          1. It was Sam Woo Seafood, and then became Sum Wu (became disaffiliated with the family that runs the chain, or were they being sue for trademark infringement?)...closed for a few months before reopening as Fortune. Practically the same staff when it was Sam Woo, and Sum Wu...

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            1. re: TripleAxel

              Don't think Sam Woo cares about trademark infringement. When they sold the original Sam Woo downstairs in the Food Center, it operated as San Woo for many years.

            2. I trek down there a couple times a week for lunch lately. love the cold chicken (bok jeem guy).