For three years running, The Astronomer and I have returned to the site of our wedding banquet to celebrate our anniversary. These happily ever after years are flying by so darn quickly, so it’s always nice to sit back, relax, feast, and reminisce.
This year, we were a bit nervous about returning to the fourth floor of the Focus Jewelry Center because our beloved restaurant had undergone a name change—New Capital Seafood now goes by Five Star Seafood Restaurant.
We were relieved to find things virtually unchanged since our last visit. The menu still offered our old standbys, the staff still had difficulty understanding us, and the decor still struck a gaudy note.
Even the ridiculously priced lobster special, 99 cents per pound with every $30 purchase, was still intact. All was right with the world.
The evening began as it has for the past three years with a big ‘ol bowl of hot and sour soup. It was a touch under-seasoned this evening, but the situation was easily rectified with a pour of soy sauce.
And then came the prized lobster, wok’d to order with plenty of ginger and scallions. We dropped our chopsticks and attacked with bare hands to extract every tasty morsel. Another tradition that’s sprung out of this one is feasting on leftover lobster straight from the fridge the following day. It’s so delicious that way.
The French-style fillet steak was as miraculously tender as always. How does the kitchen do it?
The most indulgent part of our feast was the Peking duck. A whole bird for two people means that we can both eat our fill and still have buns and skins for the next day.
While the lobster, beef, duck, and soup were all part of our original wedding menu, we’ve been experimenting with the carbohydrate portion these past couple of years. This time we selected the e-fu noodles, linguine-like strands stir-fried with shitake mushrooms and scallions, and quite liked how their simple flavors worked with the spread. We might just have to repeat this one next year.
To finish were bowls of warm, sweet red bean soup. Though not quite as exciting as the lemon, passion fruit, and blackberry cake that Sarah baked for our wedding day, it quelled my sweet tooth well enough.
We’ll see you next year, Five Star.
Five Star Seafood Restaurant
140 West Valley Boulevard, Ste. 4D
San Gabriel, CA 91776
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