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San Gabriel’s New Mega-Hotel Gains an Upscale Cantonese Specialist

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Opal Chinese Cuisine opened July 23

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Mona Holmes Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater LA and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. In 2022, she was nominated for a 2022 James Beard Award.

San Gabriel’s brand new Sheraton Los Angeles San Gabriel opened in February, along with the swanky new EST Steakhouse. Now the upscale property has added a second restaurant named Opal Chinese Cuisine, working a South China-inspired menu as of July 23.

At the kitchen helm is chef Horace He. His approach is traditional Cantonese with some California flair, including options like wildflower honey-glazed barbecue pork, salt and pepper squid, Sichuan Peking Duck air-dried in a special oven, braised abalone, and — if ordered 24 hours in advance — the rare bird’s nest soup. The lunch menu is even more casual and family-friendly, and there’s room for teas from the Yunnan Province, plus a full bar to boot.

Of course, Opal is far from the only Cantonese option in San Gabriel, with neighboring Man Chan Cuisine, and Sam Woo only blocks away. That said, the greater SGV has been making quite a push in recent years to add more flair and upscale dining to its mix, from Din Tai Fung’s Westfield Santa Anita flagship restaurant to the casual refinement of places like Chengdu Impression.

Opal’s 3,000 square foot space is accessible through the hotel lobby, and hours are Sunday to Thursday from 5:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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Inside Opal

Opal Chinese Cuisine. 303 E Valley Blvd, San Gabriel, CA.