..by Anura Guruge
Teischan and I went to the ‘Sea Bird’ for dinner around 5:30 pm yesterday, after we had finished unloading the truck at Brewster after the Clearlakes Chorale concerts. Deanna and Devanee were attending the ‘after concert’ party, so it was just the two of us for a change. That was a good thing since I had hardly seen Teischan over the last 3 days because I had spent so much time helping out with the concert setup. [It is a good job that we hadn’t checked their Website because it claims that they are closed on Sunday during the Winter — but maybe by ‘Winter’ they mean post New Year.]
I hadn’t been to the Sea Bird in many, many years. In a prior life, when I owned a place on Shaw’s Pond, 6 miles down the road from Wolfeboro, I used to frequent them often.
I wanted to check them out. I was in search of a local Chinese now that I have decided to help the one in Alton pay less taxes by not going there.
I am glad that I went. The thing that struck me the most was the service. It was spot on, the best that I have experienced at a Chinese in a very long time. Thank you. Made my day, and it had been a busy and tiring day, but also very rewarding. The Sea Bird was the ultimate icing on the cake.
To be fair it wasn’t that busy. There was one other table occupied and when they left we had the place to our self and the undivided attention of the two owners. The lady who served us was one of them, Lan Sam. I also got to chat with her husband Guy Phu. Very nice folk. Know what they are doing. Interestingly Guy’s brother owns Phu Jee’s in Meredith. I know it well and we talked about that restaurant since we had visited quite recently as part of the Meredith ‘Trick or Eat‘.
Lan was attentive to Teischan. She is a mother. I pay particular attention to these things. It was the way that she treated Teischan that gave me a warm fuzzy feeling. The generous portion of ‘Pineapple Passion’ I was served helped.
We ordered our usual staples: steamed dumplings, scallion pancakes, House fried rice and the cashew chicken dinner special that came with spare ribs and chicken wings. The scallion pancakes were fluffy and dry; not oily and compressed. They were good, as was all the others. It is genuine, unpretentious ‘Chinese-American’ food — what Americans expect when they order Chinese at a common or garden, local Chinese. The portions were good and the price decent. I was pleased.
Per Devanee’s explicit instructions before she headed off for her party, I ordered the ‘usual stuff’ — which is what Devanee told me to order. She had some when we got home even though she had eaten at the party too. She had Chinese for breakfast also. Yes, she likes Chinese. Deanna and I had some for lunch. Guess we are eating Chinese for dinner too.
Food is good. We are going back. I was impressed. Good overall experience. Very nice people. Also nice to have Chinese folks serving you at a Chinese restaurant — as opposed to Americans at the Alton place who also volunteer that certain dishes are too spicy for them. Hoping to go there for dinner New Year’s Eve while we are at the Wolfeboro First Night. It is their busiest night. So we agreed that we will come shortly after 8 when things would have quietened down a bit. I will let you know how that goes.
P.S., Mitt Romney has never visited the restaurant in person, though he might have got takeout from them. That kind of makes sense. The Romneys don’t strike me as folks that will eat Chinese from a local place.