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Let Me Please Have Another Quick Rave About The ‘Sea Bird’ Chinese Restaurant In Wolfeboro, N.H.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

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Sea Bird, Center Street, Wolfeboro, NH
THE BEST Chinese restaurant for miles and miles around.

That we are huge fans of the ‘Sea Bird’ in Wolfeboro is no great secret — as at least three posts on this blog will clearly attest, loud and clear.

They are very good about supporting local events with advertising dollars.

What is there not to like? The ‘Sea Bird’ has tasty food, generous portions, wonderfully friendly staff and very affordable prices. I don’t know. That seems like a pretty good formula. If you get to know the owners, Guy Phu and Lan Sam, it becomes even more special. Very nice, ‘salt of the Earth’, couple. Very family-oriented and down to earth. We are very fond of them. We like them and the Sea Bird so much that it has now become our default venue for celebrating our ‘January 1’ wedding anniversary. That has to mean something given that we are not ‘shy’ about driving an hour to go for dinner.

Here is another data point. This last Wednesday we had lunch in Wolfeboro with a friend. So five people. It was five people again last night. Three adults and our two brats. Yet again we had two drinks. But the check at the Sea Bird, for considerably more food (if not a view of The Lake), was $40 cheaper! That, in my book, is no small potatoes.

Yes, we went there last night after ‘Snow White‘ at the Kingswood. We had been foiled in December after the Northeastern Ballet ‘Nutcracker’. But, that was Winter and this was Summer. Teischan, my little prima donna, is very specific about what she expects of Dad after her ballet performances. She needs roses and she needs to be taken out for dinner. She likes Chinese — or at least Fried Rice. When we sat down she said she wanted a ‘Shirley Temple’ and two orders of Fried Rice. Well we didn’t get two orders of Fried Rice but we got quite a bit.

Anyhow, I had not bothered to check or call ahead last night to make sure that they would be open after the show. It was Summer. We pull up just past 9 pm. It looked closed! I went up to the door. Ooops! It said Friday & Saturday closed at 9pm. I saw Guy, seated at a table, eating his dinner. I didn’t disturb him. I walked back to the car. He must have seen that somebody had come to the door. When I got to the car he was standing at the window. I didn’t want to be rude. So I went up again. As soon as he saw me he opened the door and insisted that I come in. I told him that it was ‘O.K’. We understood. He would not have none of it. Insisted that we all come in and have dinner — no hurry, take our time. We had taken a retired Alton Central teacher with us to the show. So she was with us too. Guy had let the waitstaff go for the night. Lan, with their kids, were on vacation. So it was just Guy. But we had a great meal and great time. Suffice to say it was just us. He gave us our customary table in the corner. He did all the serving and in between we would chat. It was sublime. The kids are very comfortable there. Lan has spoiled them. So they can be loud. Didn’t matter. We had the place to ourselves.

The food, as ever, was good. We had two boxes left over. We are still eating it today.

So, we just want to make a point.

IF you are in Wolfeboro and want a good meal go to the Sea Bird.

IF you are within 35 miles of Wolfeboro, NH and fancy a GOOD, affordable Chinese go to the Sea Bird.

Phu Jee’s in Meredith, which is also very good, is Guy’s brother. Notice the name. Guy Phu.

Bottom Line. Sea Bird, in Wolfeboro, soars above others when it comes to Good Chinese in the Lakes Region. If you don’t believe me check their online reviews.

Another Positive Shout-Out For The ‘Sea Bird’ Chinese Restaurant In Wolfeboro, N.H.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

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Click to ENLARGE.

Click to ENLARGE.

That we, I in particular, like the ‘Sea Bird’ in Wolfeboro is no secret. I have been going there since 1993 — which is more or less when they first started. Lets be fair, it is pretty easy to like them. There food is good, they are kind to your wallet, the layout inside is pleasant enough and they are VERY NICE people. Yes, over the last 2 years we have got to know the Vietnamese owners Guy & Lan. They are always there. So, now when we go we have a little chat before we even sit down — and Lan typically comes later on and we talk some more. Since I am known to travel with chocolates to give people at whim, I have started taking chocolates for Lan. That amuses her.

Going to the Sea Bird for Chinese on January 1 (or late on December 31) will become a family tradition. We went there December 31, 2012. January 1 is our wedding anniversary. We got married at 3 pm, on January 1, 2003 at the Gunstock Inn, Gilford. I insist that we celebrate birthdays and anniversaries — since to me life, or at least just being alive, is worth celebrating. A year ago we lucked out in that we managed to get John P. Kimball (who works at AutoServ of Tilton) to join us. John, who is also a J.P., and worked for 94.9 for decades (and was a fellow Rotarian in Laconia), was the one that, kindly, married us. John now lives in Wolfeboro, on Smith River. So it was fun to have John join us on our 10th anniversary. I tried to get John to join us this year. He couldn’t; he is house sitting up in Hanover. So we are going to go to the Sea Bird again, later this month, with John.

In December, as you must recall, we had the Clearlakes Chorale concert and the Northeastern Ballet ‘Nutcracker’ performances. Remember? Well, ‘Sea Bird’ to their CREDIT advertised in the programs for both shows. BRAVO, Sea Bird. I was pretty damn impressed. Yes, we too ‘advertised’ (or at least put something in), in both programs since we are committed to both organizations — and appreciate the opportunity they give our kids. I study the programs assiduously since it tells you something about the community. For example, I never see any of the Alton marinas advertise in these programs. Ditto for the asset management and investment firms in Wolfeboro. I have to assume that these folks make more money than the ‘Sea Bird’. But they don’t advertise, but ‘Sea Bird’ does. That makes me like the ‘Sea Bird’ even more.

'Sea Bird' to their credit advertised in the 'Clearlakes Chorale' and 'Northeastern Ballet' programs in 2013. Click to ENLARGE. Bravo 'Sea Bird'.

‘Sea Bird’ to their credit advertised in the ‘Clearlakes Chorale’ and ‘Northeastern Ballet’ programs in 2013. Click to ENLARGE. Bravo ‘Sea Bird’.

Lan's special 'Shirley Temple' for the girls.

Lan’s special ‘Shirley Temple’ for the girls.

We didn’t order a huge amount of food last night. We were all still getting over getting home at 4 am in the morning from Portsmouth after First Night! [Yes, for the 2nd time in a week, and very atypically for us, we again had car trouble. Dead battery this time. We actually ended, all four of us, spending some time in the back of a Portsmouth Police cruiser — a first for all of us! No, no. Don’t get excited. We were not arrested or even suspected of causing trouble. They let us sit in the back of the cruiser to stay warm until AAA arrived! Thinking back I realize that, never mind asking for ID, they never even asked us for our names. Just said get in and get warm! It is AMAZING how we LUCK out with strangers when we have car trouble. So, we started 2014 with a BANG. Quite an adventure. It wasn’t bad. But, we were all suffering yesterday. I worked out that I don’t function that well on 4.5 hours sleep though I struggled to do some writing.]

Though the kids will live on fried rice, I, alas, have to watch my carbs. Though I ordered a ton of rice knowing that we would take it home, and we did bring back 3 very full boxes of food, I was parsimonious, as is my new wont, in my carb intake. Tried a new appetizer, the ‘Wontons in hot sesame sauce’. It was divine! We got the other usual suspects: beef teriyaki, boneless ribs, crab rangoons, General Gau’s, sesame chicken, egg rolls etc. etc. All of it was good. They tend to get it just right. The girls had ‘Shirley Temples‘. Lan makes it, ‘special’, for them. After the night before I felt entitled to a ‘Suffering Bastard‘ (though I had not touched any alcohol in Portsmouth). I think the ‘Suffering Bastard’ will again become my signature drink at Chinese restaurants. I had forgotten that it is a robust drink with a kick. Went down well. Just what I needed.

So, unreserved, unstinted praise, kudo and endorsement for the ‘Sea Bird’ and the staff. Support them — they support the community cultural efforts.

Thanks Guy. Thanks Lan.

Happy New Year.

Anura Guruge 11th anniversary, 2014

11th wedding anniversary. ‘Sea Bird’, Wolfeboro, N.H., Jan. 1, 2014.

Chinese Picnic By The Side Of Cotton Valley Rail Trail in Wolfeboro, NH Last Saturday.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

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Our picnic ‘table’. Doesn’t get better than this.

P1040238We knew we were going to the British car rally in Wolfeboro, NH on Saturday. We knew the weather was going to be spectacular. We knew that the kids would be asking for lunch. Plus, Deanna wanted to ‘do’ the Cotton Valley after hearing my rave reviews. So I decided to synthesize all of this together for the best results. We all like Chinese though we have cut back drastically since I started my no-carb diet. The last time we had Chinese was May 30 — in Manchester when we went to meet my son, Matthew, for his 21st birthday.

Wolfeboro’s (other) Chinese restaurant, the Sea Bird, is right by the trail and we are talking abutting. We like the Sea Bird. Good, non-greasy, fairly authentic food and very nice owners. So on the way to the rally we stopped and picked up a menu (though I am sure there was one already in the car). We were done at the rally just before 1. I called and ordered 4 luncheon specials — two of them heavy on the appetizers because I would have to get by just on uncoated meat. We got the Sea Bird and only had to wait a few minutes. Gave us a chance to chat with the two owners Lan Sam and Guy Phu. Always very nice. When we told them our plans they gave us plenty of plates, utensils and some plastic containers. I carried the bag — and it did not break though we walked a total of about 3 miles with it. Strong bag.

It was delightful. It really is an exceptional trail. Pleasing to the senses in so many different ways. Picture postcard perfect scenery of lakes and mountains behind them. Lots of trees. Turtles in the water. Birds in the trees. Boaters of all varieties. The N.H. lakes region personified — at its best.

We stopped and ate. Chatted with some boaters and walkers. The food hit the mark. We left the soups till later. The fried rice last the kids till the next day.

It was very civilized and pleasant. So typical of Wolfeboro. It really is a quintessential Summer Resort.

Definitely recommend it. Get some takeout. Walk about a mile. Find a stone bench and Bob really will be your uncle.


Sea Bird Chinese Restaurant, Wolfeboro, NH: My New ‘Local’ Chinese

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.


..by Anura Guruge

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Sea Bird Asian Cuisine, 89 Center Street, Wolfeboro, NH, 03894; (603) 569-9031

Sea Bird Asian Cuisine, 89 Center Street, Wolfeboro, NH, 03894; (603) 569-9031. Click to access their Website.

It is not that prepossessing from the outside, but many ‘experts’ will tell you that that can be a good thing when looking for good Asian food.

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.