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New Bay Seafood Opens In Alhambra

Chandavkl Mar 6, 2013 03:44 PM

Well JThur01 beat me to this one, mainly because I was sitting at New Bay Seafood while he did his posting asking about the predecessor Ah Sham Tseng at 203 W. Valley Blvd. This location is hallowed ground in SGV Chinese food history since it was the home starting in the 1970s of Jumbo Seafood, one of the pioneering Hong Kong style seafood restaurants in the Los Angeles area, and after detouring into cafe food, it's back in the seafood fold. For a Chinese restaurant, New Bay Seafood has a very limited menu of just a few dozen items. In addition, New Bay breaks from the mold because if you don't like seafood, there are not a lot of choices, as the menu is more heavily weighted towards seafood than anyplace I've seen. Their signature dishes appear to be New Bay black cod, and New Bay lobster, presumably made with their own secret sauce. They say they've already been open for a couple of weeks, which is what I get for spending so much time in New York.

Also, down the street on Valley Bl. in Alhambra, Shanghai Village (1281 E. Valley) is gone, to be replaced by Kim Kee Noodle.

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    TailbackU Oct 21, 2013 01:28 PM

    Any reason to go here over Newport Seafood?

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      Chandavkl Oct 21, 2013 01:38 PM

      Only to avoid the crowd. I don't think this is in the top tier of SGV seafood restaurants.

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        TailbackU Oct 21, 2013 02:59 PM

        thanks

    2. ipsedixit Sep 15, 2013 06:23 PM

      Let me just say something.

      New Bay might have some of the most kick-ass desserts for a Chinese restaurant in SGV.

      Crème brûlée? Almond tea soufflé? Holy mother of earth.

      And they're both damn good, too.

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        attran99 Oct 21, 2013 01:06 PM

        I'm looking for a place to host my Mom's 60th birthday dinner. She's an avid seafood-eating fan. Would this be appropriate for a family dinner? The family's not big on spicy Chinese. Just looking for a nice place to have a good meal to celebrate in the SGV. No specific budget. Party of at least 10. Thanks in advance.

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          ipsedixit Oct 21, 2013 09:12 PM

          No

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            attran99 Oct 22, 2013 11:25 AM

            ipsedixit, If no, any suggestions? I'm not entirely familiar with SGV for dinner. We usually go to the OC for dinner, but I want to take my Mom somewhere delicious and new. Thanks!

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              ipsedixit Oct 22, 2013 06:51 PM

              Sea Harbour

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                barryc Oct 22, 2013 08:48 PM

                +1 for sea harbour & plan on getting the crab

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                  ipsedixit Oct 22, 2013 08:51 PM

                  When the fresh abalone or geoduck are available, they're a real treat.

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                    attran99 Oct 23, 2013 09:39 AM

                    Thanks all for your recs. I'm going to make a reservation now. The birthday is next month. I hope there's abalone and geoduck available.

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            dreamcast18 Oct 21, 2013 09:40 PM

            I say go King Hua for seafood dinner. BETTER ambiance and food.

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              hppzz Oct 21, 2013 10:28 PM

              We enjoyed some good dishes a few days ago for early dinner. The roasted eggplant was a stand out. Their bo luc lac is also very good, nice sear on and well seasoned. They also have good version of canh chua. The catfish steaks were big, not the tiny thin ones. Not as good as seafood cove but better then Newport. Haven't tried the lobster yet though but it's 17.99 lb like new port and they only have female lobsters (if that's important to u) but they do have several private rooms. Overall not as good as seafood cove in OC but prefer it over Newport

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                ns1 Oct 22, 2013 10:55 AM

                re: seafood cove

                man, that place has not cleaned up at all since I first ate there in like 1992.

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                  hppzz Oct 22, 2013 02:47 PM

                  true, but the new one on Bolsa is much nicer.

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                    ns1 Oct 22, 2013 04:05 PM

                    where the heck is the new one on bolsa?

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                      hppzz Oct 22, 2013 04:15 PM

                      across for Phuoc Loc Tho in the former phoenix spot?, open about 3 yrs years ago...best canh chua, fried flounder, and 11.99 lobster.

                      9211 Bolsa Avenue
                      Westminster, CA 92683
                      (714) 893-3682
                      seafoodcove.com‎

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                        ns1 Oct 22, 2013 04:21 PM

                        PHOENIX CLOSED DOWN!? ON THE 2ND FLOOR?! 3 YEARS AGO???

                        clearly I haven't been to that neck of little saigon in a while.

                        Pardon the obvious but did they at least clean up the Phoenix space?

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                Porthos Oct 23, 2013 09:47 AM

                If you really mean no budget as in the sky is the limit, call Elite and ask for the live king crab 2 ways or simply steamed with garlic. About $45-50 per lb and I recommend around a 8-lb beast (Sea Harbour won't go get it for you, Elite will). Also ask for the whole or half suckling pig in advance. If you want abalone or goeduck, live prawns, rock fish request them too. That way, you don't have to take the chance you show up and the tanks are empty.

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              ns1 Jun 2, 2013 04:42 PM

              any update to this place?

              yelp photos look fucking AMAZING.

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                dreamcast18 Jun 4, 2013 06:41 PM

                almond tea is overrated. for the price...King Hua or Seafood Village is better.

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                  Chandavkl Jun 13, 2013 09:15 PM

                  Went back for dinner. Nothing amazing.

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                    ns1 Jun 13, 2013 09:23 PM

                    thx for report back.

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                  dreamcast18 Mar 9, 2013 12:42 PM

                  do they have lunch specials?

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                    Chandavkl Mar 9, 2013 02:53 PM

                    Yes, but the lunch menu, like the regular menu, is not terribly extensive.

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                      dreamcast18 Mar 9, 2013 03:13 PM

                      i did went for lunch today..probably won't go back as the food is pretty average. Had the steamed tilapia and bay special duck.

                      wished The Kitchen (at its peak) was still around.

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                    JThur01 Mar 7, 2013 10:25 AM

                    Thanks for the update. Posting about a place while Chandavkl was actually inside...that's quite a unique accomplishment.

                    Between its time as Shanghai Village and Rainbow Noodle, the spot in Valley Square was Good One, which was extremely short lived even by SGV standards.

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                      blimpbinge Mar 7, 2013 11:00 AM

                      I remember that place because it took over rainbow noodle *shakes fist* but it was only opened for a few weeks before it was basically abandoned.

                      I'm curious to see if kim kee will try and get the old chef from rainbow noodle (and old kim fung) to come back, because he has been around for a long time and makes some great teochew-vietnamese food.

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                        Chandavkl Mar 7, 2013 11:24 AM

                        The short life of Good One was especially disappointing as they were the only purveyors of white meat chicken dumplings I have ever seen in the SGV.

                      2. blimpbinge Mar 6, 2013 05:42 PM

                        what's interesting is that kim kee's new spot, where shanghai village used to be, also had a teochew-vietnamese noodle restaurant, "rainbow noodle" for awhile. Rainbow noodle actually was run by the people that ran the kim fung branch on valley blvd where green zone is now. teochew making a comeback?

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                          ns1 Mar 6, 2013 05:33 PM

                          Kim Kee?

                          So are there like, 3 kim kee (kim ky?) noodle houses in the SGV now, completely unrelated?

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                            blimpbinge Mar 6, 2013 05:35 PM

                            i'm not sure abt the newest one, but kim ky has 2 branches, one on san gabriel and one on garvey near rosemead blvd

                            kim kee (which is related to noodle cafe on garvey closer to atlantic) is not related to kim ky. They have a branch on garvey close to walnut grove.

                          2. blimpbinge Mar 6, 2013 04:21 PM

                            was the jumbo related to the actual jumbo chain from HK? or did they just borrow the name?

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                              Chandavkl Mar 6, 2013 04:49 PM

                              Like most of the name alikes, it was a ripoff. Indeed, I don't think any overseas places opened up US branches until perhaps the boba places about 15 years ago.

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                                blimpbinge Mar 6, 2013 05:18 PM

                                ah i see. thanks!

                                btw i think tokyo lobby on las tunas is closing on 3/17/2013

                                sort of unofficially confirmed by an employee there when i got lunch

                            2. ipsedixit Mar 6, 2013 03:57 PM

                              Thanks for the update.

                              Jumbo Seafood had the best deep-fried shrimp balls. Ever.

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