Here's why New Port Seafood's opening is going to change the game in Los Angeles. First off, Chinese cuisine has been relatively difficult to find on the Westside, despite having one of the best enclaves in America in West San Gabriel Valley. Part of what made SGV's cuisine so great was the consistency of New Port Seafood, which constantly battles hours-long lines.
In addition, the famous house stir-fried lobster is finally poised to hit the masses of Beverly Hills. In a part of town where high-end Chinese abounds, this one has the culinary street cred to back it up. Founded by Ly Hua and Wendy Lam, the team is preparing to launch off a national brand with this location starting August 29, when it opens for dinner (lunch service commences September 2).
The signature luc lac, or stir-fried tenderloin might have one of the most addictive sauces ever, and gets perfected when eaten over a bed of rice. The full menu from the SGV home base won't be offered here; instead, they've whittled the bill of fare to 14 very reasonably priced lunch dishes and about 50 dinner courses that will have everything from salt & pepper dungeness crab, shrimp with candied walnut, hot and sour soup with fish filet, and kung pao chicken.
Although there are plenty of traditional Chinese dishes, the flavors tend to skew toward Cambodian (the founders' country of origin), Vietnamese, and Thai. So don't be surprised to see dishes like chicken kappron on the menu.
Inside, find an elegant, airy, and bright space that does away with a lot of the over-the-top decor a place like Hakkasan might show. Also, consider the patio seating that looks out to the rest of La Cienega's Restaurant Row. The whole endeavor took extra time because of the numerous live fish and shellfish tanks that had to be installed, but the freshness will be more than worth it.
New Port Seafood Lunch Menu
New Port Seafood
50 N La Cienega Blvd.,
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
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