Go for the lobster, but stay for the rest of the menu...
I found out about Newport Seafood on Jonathon Gold's list of 99 essential restaurants. In checking out the website and reviews, I knew I'd come across something special. Huge fish tanks housed ridiculous amounts of lobster, shrimp and whole fish. But most of all this dining affords you the ability to eat Chinese food without feeling like you are carrying a brick around in your stomach afterwards. It's fresh and light! (Well, lighter than your average Chinese...)
The masses of people waiting on a Saturday night was unimaginable. There was a number dispenser to pull a ticket from, just like a deli, although here, be ready to wait quite a while.
All these people are waiting for good reason though. And once you sit down and order, your food is likely to be out in less than five minutes. Honestly, it's faster than McDonalds.
People come for the lobster. They are known for their lobster, particularly the Newport Special Lobster, and I must admit it was really tasty. It's broken up and served covered in a green onion and garlic sauce. I will say it was a little over-done for my liking and thus a little dry.
We also tried the hot and sour soup. I am still not used to the gooey texture of hot and sour soup, but it does have a great array of flavors. It was mildly spicy, pipping hot and a little sour.
The kong pao chicken was incredibly flavorful but also a little. I guess that's what happens when you are turning tables in 20 minutes. It was topped with green onions and peanuts and was probably the best dish of the night.
Everyone recommended the "Big bean sprouts", which weren't on the menu and were a quite expensive side at $16.95. They came out with huge pieces of garlic and was fresh and light, I think I'd skip them next time and try the sauteed pea sprouts instead.
Overall it was a really fun experience. They have a great wines by the bottle and inexpensive by-the-glass options. The seafood is fresh and portions are HUGE. It's the perfect group dining place, and next time I'll be sure to bring more people...in the meantime, I have a lot of leftovers!
Newport Seafood 518 W. Las Tunas Dr. (626) 289-5998