I was walking down Garvey Ave. in Monterey Park when I noticed a sandwich board proclaiming "Now Open" and a picture of a chef. I was somewhat puzzled because I didn't know of any restaurants at the particular location, but apparently while I wasn't looking somebody built a small mini-mall across the street from the Catholic school and indeed there was a restaurant at the very back of the mall. That little sign had a couple of interesting things on it. It said "H.K. N.T. Village cuisine" which I presume refers to the New Territories area of Hong Kong. It also had the letter "B" highlighted with a bunch of Chinese characters. At first I thought they were proclaiming a "B" rating from the health department. However as I approached the restaurant I saw a sign on the window that said "B Village Cuisine." (And the rating is "A".) The inside of the place was quite interesting too. Near the front there were Chinese vegetables laid out on the counter of the open kitchen. The restaurant did not have printed menus. Rather the "menu" is posted on the walls in the form of various signs and banners. "Village pork" "Village dumplings" "Village chicken" "Village chow mein" "Filet Mignon Chow Fun". Also there were a number of cruise ship posters and pictures on the wall, leading me to believe that the chef used to work the cruise line circuit. I settled on the deep fried fish balls, which I thought might be fish balls on a stick like at the Hong Kong Fish Ball stand in Rowland Heights, though at almost $7 it would have been kind of pricey. What I got was batter encrusted supersized fish balls, a bit bigger than a whole scallop (which it kind of resembled). I can't say anything great about this dish, though it was interesting and artistically presented on vegetable leaves.
I'd be curious if someone could explain all the references to village cuisine and dishes. Is Bon Mar Che Bistro something new under the sun in terms of regional Chinese cuisines here in Los Angeles? Bon Mar Che Bistro is at 331 W. Garvey in Monterey Park, on the block east of Lucky City.