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New Bay Seafood Opens In Alhambra

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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  1. Thanks for the update.

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

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

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      1. re: blimpbinge

        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.

        1. re: Chandavkl

          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. Kim Kee?

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

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        1. re: ns1

          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. 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?

          1. 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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            1. re: JThur01

              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.

              1. re: JThur01

                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.

                1. re: dreamcast18

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

                  1. re: Chandavkl

                    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.

                2. any update to this place?

                  yelp photos look fucking AMAZING.

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                  1. re: ns1

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

                    1. re: ns1

                      Went back for dinner. Nothing amazing.

                    2. 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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                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        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.

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            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!

                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                +1 for sea harbour & plan on getting the crab

                                1. re: barryc

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

                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                    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.

                          2. re: attran99

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

                            1. re: attran99

                              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

                              1. re: hppzz

                                re: seafood cove

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

                                1. re: ns1

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

                                  1. re: hppzz

                                    where the heck is the new one on bolsa?

                                    1. re: ns1

                                      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

                                      1. re: hppzz

                                        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?

                              2. re: attran99

                                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.

                            2. Any reason to go here over Newport Seafood?

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                              1. re: TailbackU

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