Today I was driving aimlessly through the San Gabriel Valley for lunch, lamenting the fact that Lucious Dumpling is closed on Mondays, and I saw a bunch of people outside the old MVP location on Garfield and Valley in Alhambra. Turns out it's the "grand opening" of a new restaurant there, called Blue Ocean Seafood Restaurant. I got lucky with parking and got a number for a table. It was SUCH a madhouse though, I probably would have had to wait about 45 minutes to an hour for a table. So after 15 minutes I decided to get dim sum to go instead. I got five orders and the bill came to $9.05!!! All dim sum is only $2.00 per order during the week ($2.50 on the weekend), and they are having a 20% discount "promotion". Not sure if the discount applies to any menu item or just the dim sum. But I asked how long the promotion would last and the girl said, "forever". Um, okay. (If you go there and they don't have it, blame it on the language barrier, don't blame me.) They also apparently serve dim sum from 7 am to 3 pm! Two different staff people told me this so I think it's true.
They serve dim sum in carts rather than off the menu, by the way. At 40 mostly standard items, the dim sum menu is not as wide or interesting as some other places but the price was right. I got standard dim sum: har gow, siu mai, sesame balls, mushroom stuffed with shrimp and BBQ pork rice noodle. It was delicious; as good as Elite or Sea Harbor (although the pieces might not be as large as Elite's); and better than Empress Pavilion but half the price.
The (non-dim sum) lunch menu has over 100 specials ranging from $4.99 to $6.99 and looks really good. The dinner menu looked incredible too, with lots of beautiful pictures. It seemed similar to Elite's menu, but the prices seemed more reasonable.
They also serve a late night dining menu from 9:30 to 1 am. It was a lot like the lunch menu but the specials are a few bucks more and I'm guessing come with more food.
The to-go bag says "New Capital Seafood Restaurant" on it so I'm guessing they're related (never been to New Capital or even know if it's still around.)
Blue Ocean Seafood Restaurant
1412 S. Garfield Ave. (where MVP used to be)
Alhambra, CA 91801
tel: (626) 289-3018
fax: (626) 289-7202