Location: 514 West Valley Boulevard, Alhambra, CA, 91803; 18908 East Gale Avenue, Rowland Heights, CA; Lincoln Shopping Center, 19008 Pioneer Boulevard, Cerritos, CA; 937 East Last Tunas, San Gabriel, CA; 140 West Valley Boulevard, #107 San Gabriel, CA
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 12:00am Daily
Telephone Number: (626) 281-0038
Official Website: www.samwooirvine.com/
SAM WOO Barbeque Restaurant 三和燒臘麵家: Best Roast Duck in California?
Like Koreatown, the restaurants at Alhambra and Monterey Park are built around its growing Asian community. Sam Woo’s restaurant chain banks on Hong Kong immigrants finding comfort in Cantonese cuisine that they are familiar with. Despite several shakeups like SARS that resulted in some of its stores losing customers, its steady flow of loyal patrons continue to keep Sam Woo alive. If you’re looking for the best roast duck, roast pork and barbecued pork in Southern California, Sam Woo is that go-to restaurant. It never loses foot traffic, and it never loses a long line of customers, even Mexican Americans and Filipino Americans.
This made me curious to try out Sam Woo.
Sam Woo’s Roast Duck is quite good, and the meat is very tender and juicy.
On another note, one shouldn’t expect the best customer service. The staff often gives out wrong orders and some of them rude.
The dishes apart from their Roasting station aren’t stellar, made up of typical oiliness and salty appeal that can be experienced in other Chinese restaurants. Prices of the dishes are cheap and are well below $15 per dish.
This Seafood noodles was mistakenly given to us, and after we nabbed a succulent shrimp thinking this was the seafood dish we ordered, the waitstaff took it and gave it to another customer. They’re lucky our utensils were still clean! But you don’t do that to customers, ever.
Another incorrect hotpot placed on our table. We ordered for Seafood and Tofu Hotpot, not beef.
This is the RIGHT DISH. Almost all of the seafood here are huge and my favorite part is the tofu.
If you ever ordered this Sliced Beef dish, you’ll be needing possibly three glasses of water for every bite you have. It was so salty, it’s as if it has been bathe in the ocean.
I am not a fan of this fried fish. Once again, every bite was as salty as ever.
Sam Woo Barbeque Restaurant isn’t the go to place for rice and noodles, and people only come here for their barbecued meat. The chain also has stores in Toronto and Las Vegas, but they aren’t well-known for their Chinese dishes too.
Sam Woo Barbeque Restaurant Rating:
|Taste and Originality:||( 2 / 5)|
|Customer Experience:||( 1.5 / 5)|
|Value for Money:||( 3.5 / 5)|
|Brick and Mortar:||( 2 / 5)|
|Average:||(2.3 / 5)|