Perch from New Zealand, crappie from Lake Superior, cod and halibut from Alaska are a small sample of the fresh, lake and ocean fish featured at World Seafood in San Bernardino. Steven Wuo opened his restaurant on February 4 at the former Mug site, and includes oysters, scallops and jumbo shrimp at competitive prices.
A former resident of San Bernardino, Wuo has owned several commercial properties in the city dating back to the early 80’s, and noted through the decades he has gained an understanding of what residents want. He purchased the property on Highland in September, and is no novice to the restaurant industry; his experience includes owning import and retail seafood ventures in the Los Angeles area, and a running his family-owned piano bar and steakhouse in Alhambra.
“I want to bring high-quality seafood that you can’t readily get in this area such as crappie, regarded as a superior fresh water fish in the culinary arena, and offer it at a reasonable price,” Wuo said about his choices of fish. “I run this restaurant like a fish market, but I only sell cooked products, that is what I believe will make me stand out from other restaurants.”
Wuo put perch on the menu because its mild flavor is palatable to a range of taste buds, and its versatility. Fish and chips are made with Alaskan cod and portions are generous – a large order for $15 provides one pound of fish, or approximately 13 large pieces. Patrons can request salmon and halibut be grilled, and for $9.50 diners are served half-a-pound of fish.
“I wanted to see what took the place of The Mug, and I was happily surprised by the quality of my lunch,” said San Bernardino resident Philip Anderson. “It’s always dubious to try seafood being so far inland, but my filet of sole was outstanding and very fresh.”
Wuo, whose family immigrated here from Taiwan in the 70’s and currently lives in Duarte, says the community has been warm and welcoming since he opened his doors. His business has been mainly fueled by word of mouth, and he is confident that this will be a successful venture. His goal is for World Seafood to become a destination restaurant.
“I bought this property because I liked the location, and if I didn’t it may have stayed vacant,” he said. “I am excited about bringing something special to San Bernardino and making a difference in the seafood business in the city.
World Seafood is located at 1588 W. Highland Ave. in San Bernardino, and is open everyday from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., phone number is (909) 474-9437.