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Review: Regent Seafood in Downtown Los Angeles

Hungry Girl | May 18, 200507:00 PM

My company is building a new office building adjacent to Union Station. Yesterday, group of 13 of my co workers and I went on a tour of the construction site and had lunch at Regent Seafood.

When we walked in I was a bit underwhelmed by the "B" rating on the door. They have a score of 86. The restaurant was half empty at about 1:30pm.

We did have a reservation, but had to wait to be seated because there were no accommodations made for one person in our party that is in a wheelchair. I know that it was not the fault of the restaurant, as we found out that it was not mentioned when the reservation was made...

One member of our party starting speaking Mandarin with the owner (I think), who perked up and smiled at us. He was very friendly to us after that!

When we were seated, we were served hot delicious tea from stainless steel tea pots. The lunch menu has 62 lunch specials listed, all for $4.25 each, including soup of the day and steamed rice.

This is a partial list of what we ordered:
Kung Pao Chicken
Singapore Rice Noodles
Kung Pao Scallops
Scrambled Egg with Shrimp
Sweet and Sour Pork
Cod Fillet with Black Bean Sauce
Lemon Chicken
Three Kinds Kung Pao with Beef, Chicken and Pork
Seafood Chow Fun
Sauteed Seasonal Vegetable
Beef with Garlic and Black Bean Sauce

I think there were three more dishes, but we kind of lost track! Everything that I tried was delicious. The soup of the day was clam chowder, which was very good, with a strong taste of fresh clams. There were only a few small pieces of clam, but the broth made up for that. The soup broth was creamy, and was thickened with Corn starch.

We ordered all at once, and were reminded to order by the number of the dish. The food came out in dribs and drabs, so that we could have time to pass each dish around the table. Each portion could have easily served two people - we had a great deal of food left over. And everything was steaming hot!

Service was minimal, but we didn't need much. Hot Tea was refilled as needed.

I don't know what the total of the check was, but for all of that food, including a generous tip, we paid
$6.78 per person. We had to ask for fortune cookies as we were leaving, and the waiter begrudgingly brought a few(not enough for everyone)from the bulk box of cookies in the waiters station. These were the unwrapped kind of fortune cookie, but still good.

I would go back there, and I will most likely eat there frequently when we settle into the new building next spring. For the next visit however I have requested Phillipes!

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