Restaurants & Bars 7

Best lunch in awhile

Just Larry | Aug 26, 2004 10:30 PM

Took 3 colleagues to lunch today in San Gabriel.
MPV BBQ and Seafood
545 W Valley Blvd
San Gabriel

We were seated and brought out a bowl of the richest beef broth. Great start. We ordered Scallops and Tofu with Black Bean Sauce, Clams in Spicy Sauce, Beef with Chow Fun noodles, Whole Fried Flounder, Kung Pao Oysters, and Pea Sprouts. They brought out a complimentary plate of about 16 whole boiled (steamed?) shrimp. The shrimp were very good. I couldn't help but wonder what all the the specials were. They were written in Chinese characters on signs all over the restaurant. At least 40 specials. Every dish was amazingly fresh and so good. Many of the items were ordered verbally as I did not see them on the menu. When the bill came I was expecting to see something in excess of $100.00. To my amazement it was $33.90. This restaurant was selected purely on the basis that it had the word "Seafood" in its name. They do a very good lunch business and we were the only non Chinese customers in the house. Some of the dishes were ordered by pointing to a dish on another table. We realized that we must have ordered well when we noticed a few Asian customers pointing to and ordering dishes that we had on our table. A real Chowhound experience. The staff has excellent English skills and are quite helpful in letting you try things that they might percieve as not appealing to a non Asian person. I will return any time I am anywhere nearby. For the fans of ofal, they had dishes with Pig Intestines and Goose Intestines. They also have a few live tanks with Lobster, Crab and Whole Fish. Lobster was $25.00, Crab and Fish $13.99. A good price if it was for the whole fish but kinda pricey if it is by the pound.

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