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Lobster Lo Mein and Surf Clams @ R and B Seafood in Palo Alto


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Lobster Lo Mein and Surf Clams @ R and B Seafood in Palo Alto

Melanie Wong | May 12, 2010 11:24 PM

Now that I’ve been to R&B Seafood twice now, a couple dishes stand-out: lobster lo mein and giant clams.

Lobster lo mein, $12.95, is crowned with a good-sized fresh New England lobster stir-fried with ginger and scallions. The wide noodles, bathed in a savory pan sauce, were firm with good tooth and a silky mouthfeel. The lobster had one regular-sized and one tiny front claw.

The giant clam aka queen’s clam or surf clam is a must order, $5.95. Shown here as two orders, the clams are expertly carved, seasoned with garlic, soy sauce, and scallions, and steamed with a little bundle of vermicelli to soak up the juices. Tender and bursting with the sweet flavor of freshness, the minimalist treatment and steaming on point lets the natural goodness of these huge mollusks shine through. One order, split between the two halves of the shell, makes a nice appetizer serving for two people.

Some others that we liked:

Steamed oysters on the half shell with fermented black beans, half-order (3 pieces), $4.50, were fat and juicy, cooked to a custard-like texture.

Whole black bass, clear steamed with ginger and scallions. At $12/pound, this weighed in at $18. Very good hand at steaming here with the flesh needing a bit of coaxing to come off the bone.

Crispy Cantonese fried chicken with garlic, $8.95. Half a bird, delectable golden brown crackly skin, seasoned with salt and fried garlic. The breast pieces were a little bit dry, but a good effort overall.

As others have recommended, the live seafood dishes are well-priced and the kitchen’s forte.

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R & B Seafood
2209 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306

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