SGV: A Seafood Feast at 626 Lobster

lobster noodles

lobster noodles

 

Over the holidays, I went to 626 Lobster for lunch on Christmas eve. I made a reservation though they weren’t terribly busy so we could have just walked in. This was a pleasant change immediately from their direct competitors, the venerable Newport Seafood and Boston Lobster, a more recently opened restaurant. Like Boston Lobster, I heard a rumor a chef left Newport Seafood and started his own Chinese-Vietnamese seafood restaurant.

The goal was to get lobster noodles and everything else was open. Our group of 6 easily finished our dishes though I longed for leftovers. Perhaps I just have to order more next time!

walnut shrimp

walnut shrimp

 

We got a nice sized lobster full of good meaty chunks. It is a bit of work so only bring friends and family who like to work for their meal.

The walnut shrimp was great. The shrimp were still crispy.

clams

clams

 

We also got the clams which weren’t spicy despite the appearance of a few sliced chilis.

crab

crab

 

Although I really like lobster, I actually like crab more. We got this done with ginger and green onions. This takes even more work than lobster so really bring friends who are into picking meat out of shells.

pea shoots

pea shoots

 

For a veggie, we chose the pea shoots. I think I ate most of it by myself while everyone was attacking the seafood. These were nice and tender as pea shoots should be. I liked that the garlic wasn’t too overwhelming either.

beef

beef

 

Just to shake things up, we also got the classic shaken beef. The tender pieces were gobbled up in no time.

Overall, I still like Newport just a bit better but you can’t beat the friendly service and no wait at 626 Lobster. Plus, it’s slightly more affordable. Given the choice between Boston Lobster or 626 Lobster? I would have to say Boston has a slight edge. But again, I liked 626 Lobster quite a bit. They didn’t try to up sell us and the parking was super easy, something that can’t be said about Newport or Boston Seafood.

 

626 Lobster

8632 E Valley Blvd., Rosemead, CA 91770  —  (626) 617-6667
 
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