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Apr 23, 2014 01:47 PM

Game changer? Newport Seafood -> Beverly HIlls

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  1. WHOA.

    Hope the food doesn't get watered down. My impression is that there are many more wealthy Chinese immigrants on the westside now, so perhaps there's a market for this.

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    1. re: ilysla

      That and the tourists on Rodeo Drive... this is NEEDED.


      1. re: Dommy

        A nice boost to restaurant row w matsuhisa fogo and lawrys. Decisions...

      2. re: ilysla

        More REAL Chinese food on the Westside is GREAT.
        Meizho Dongpo - which seems to get little love here at CH-LA has a few dumbed down dishes but is the real deal,IMHO. It is a great trend.

      3. Bet the price of lobster is going up !

        1. I hope they succeed there.

          1. wow this is great...i think. But will be really surprised if the prices aren't inflated in this new location.

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            1. re: TailbackU

              if it's more than sgv but less than the rest of BH, I think that would be reasonable.

              1. re: ns1

                what would you consider "less than the rest of BH" given that there really is no fair comparison to the food that they put out?

                1. re: TailbackU

                  less than hakkasan/chi lin/whatever.

                  IOW for an average meal, $20-30pp would be ideal. $40pp would be stretching it, and $50pp would be WTF I'll just drive to the SGV.

                  and if you guys claim to drop more than 30pp on average at the SGV Newport Seafood outpost, then jesus christ I need to eat with you fucking whales.

                  1. re: ns1

                    I've spent ~$50/person last few visits (all special occasions).

                    1. re: chrishei

                      see previous note regarding whales.

                      1. re: ns1

                        Don't hate the playa...

                        (and I don't mean beach)

                        1. re: TheOffalo

                          I thought Playa closed ??????

                          Isn't it Petty Cash now ???????

                          1. re: kevin

                            Didn't Bill & Hinoki take it over? Or was that the Stinking Bird Finger?

                            1. re: Servorg

                              Hmm. I don't know. I sure hope so.

                              But research on both topics and then get back to us on the double.

                        2. re: ns1

                          My only correlation w/ whales are looking like a beached one and working for some.

                2. re: TailbackU

                  How dare they pass along the higher cost of doing business...and make a profit. Why the nerve of some people!

                  1. re: Servorg

                    they charge ~$18/lb for their special lobster in SGV. Would you still be ok if they charged $35/lb in BH because of the higher rents?

                    1. re: TailbackU

                      Time is money. And the prices reflect the cost of doing business. I don't expect them to sell food at a loss.

                      1. re: Servorg

                        But would you still be OK paying those prices knowing that you could get the same dish for half the price?

                        I wouldn't. And the after dinner massage in BH would be a helluva lot more than $15.

                        Mr Taster

                        1. re: Mr Taster

                          Time or money; both are valuable, it's up to the diner to decide which one they have more of ^_^

                          1. re: ns1

                            It strongly depends on which one you have more of, and which less. Not entirely, but it can be the deciding factor, all other factors being equal.

                              1. re: ns1

                                It just causes my hackles to go up when folks who don't have a clue, not even an inkling of a clue, want to criticize pricing based on what they have in their bank account. To hell with anyone making a profit on their risk and hard work.

                                1. re: Servorg

                                  You still haven't said, "yes, Mr Taster, I would gladly pay double for the same dish because the restaurateur has a right to earn a profit."

                                  Mr Taster

                                  1. re: Mr Taster

                                    I would not personally pay double. My boss who makes 3x as much as me? He'd undoubtedly pay it to avoid the 2-3 hour round-trip drive + wait @ SGV Newport Seafood.

                                    I mean really now, higher prices = less lines = less riff raff = less wait.

                                    win/win/win for people with money.

                                    1. re: Mr Taster

                                      I replied in a way that makes sense to me. Time vs Money. It all depends on which is more important to me at the moment I'm hungry for what the restaurant has to offer.

                                      1. re: Mr Taster

                                        "yes, Mr Taster, I would gladly pay double for the same dish because the restaurateur has a right to earn a profit."

                                        I do it at airports and ballparks quite often.

                                        Location, location, location.

                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                          With re: to ballparks and airports, don't you mean to say, "yes, Mr Taster, I would gladly pay double for the same dish because I'm hungry and there are no other viable options."?

                                          Mr Taster

                                          1. re: Mr Taster


                                            If you're stuck west of La Cienega, and want Newport (or the equivalent), then "yes, Mr Taster, I would gladly pay double for the same dish because I'm hungry and there are no other viable options."

                                            1. re: ipsedixit

                                              For the price of urasawa fly to japan

                                              1. re: jessejames

                                                An Urasawa-type kaiseki meal would actually be more expensive in Tokyo.

                                                And then factor in the approx. 20k for a roundtrip flight ...

                                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                                  We flew 1200 per person rt coach but not shabby on Asian airlines. Hard to justify the splurge for urasawa for me given what u can do with the money.

                                        2. re: Mr Taster

                                          Can I say
                                          ""yes, Mr Taster, I would gladly pay double for the same dish because [it is closer]?"

                                          1. re: Ciao Bob

                                            You can say whatever you like, Bob :) Thanks for the Meizho Dongpo rec. I hadn't heard of it before. Dongpo pork in Culver City is big news-- as big as Newport in BH. Not sure why that info hasn't been glommed on to.

                                            Mr Taster

                                            1. re: Mr Taster

                                              Hope you like it. Many but not all the dishes are as authentic as you can find in in the homeland (the Big C) , as well as the hinterland (SGV).

                                              1. re: Mr Taster

                                                I think Meizho Dongpo is in Century City, not Culver City lest you make your plans to visit.

                                                Not enough high-end branding in Culver City for Chinese shoppers flush with cash.

                                      2. re: Servorg

                                        re: the value of time/geographic proximity,

                                        if i'm spending the additional time in the car chatting with folks that i enjoy, that's one thing.
                                        if i'm driving out by myself it's another.

                                        if i'm driving at non peak times, that's one thing
                                        if i'm fighting rush hour traffic, that's another.

                                        if i'm the one doing the driving and i'd like to have a few drinks with my meal that's one thing
                                        if someone else is going to be the responsible person, that's another.

                                        there are a lot of situations that, in my mind, would be worth it for me to spend the additional money.

                                    2. re: Mr Taster

                                      Yes. Happy endings in the bountiful hills of Beverly can get beyond pricey.

                                      1. re: kevin

                                        Wow. Your Chinese foot massages sound a lot different than mine.

                                        Mr Taster

                                      2. re: Mr Taster

                                        Should Newport Seafood not open a place in BH? If they do, the rent is double, Taxes are double, the work force costs double, etc, which add to the price of said dish. So unless the owners want to eat that cost of doing business in BH, there is no way you can have the Special Lobster for $18

                                        1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                          How are taxes double? Beverly Hills has it's own city tax?

                                          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                            I'm presuming the Licensing and Business taxes in BH are more than in the SGV Plus if you are paying higher wages your payroll taxes are higher. Also, higher property taxes are rolled into your lease.

                                            1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                              LA L&B taxes are extreme and oppressive.... Hard to imagine BH taxes being worse, but not impossible.....

                                        2. re: Mr Taster

                                          We always do the $15 massage _before_ dinner so we aren't uncomfotably full while getting poked and prodded.

                                            1. re: kevin

                                              kev - smart phone lost some I.Q, points or you out of town or did your ISP yank your connection? (last CH posts as of 5/01/14)

                                      3. re: Servorg

                                        A 30-45 % increase in price comes with the Zip code.

                                    3. I'm so excited about this... crab and lobster for LUNCH!!! yeah! SGV was a bit of a drive for me but this is totally do-able during work.