Hi Phil, I missed that one from last year, I didn’t pay attention to any openings at all. It looks very good! It seems that Sei Bar has a smaller menu (Still a plenty!) and from comparing photos and my memory, Sei Bar’s presentation dining in is nicer, (At least on the benchmark dish, Steamed Fish with Chilis on top of Tofu.) but that’s not fair because most of My Happy Hunan Kitchen’s Yelp photos are takeout. Although the two places’ dishes overlap, a dining friend explained to me that the Hubei style runs sweeter than Hunan, although they are similar. Upon another visit a couple years later, I was told that Sei Bar was actually not Hubei influenced, so I’m a bit confused on that bit. Perhaps one of the original chefs was from Hubei. One very interesting Sei Bar dish I never tried was the giant sesame ball, it’s about the size of a volleyball and dotted with sesame seeds. It’s not available online.
Sei Bar has 3 locations all of which have been around a while, but only Wakefield has Hunan food, I believe. It used to be a rather generic sushi and fusion place but when they started cooking Hunan in 2017, they didn’t change their name or signal the shift. It just blew up on WeChat word of mouth. That’s probably why many of you missed it. Eventually they stopped serving sushi and asian (con)fusion at Wakefield a couple years later, so that bar area sits rather dormant. It looks like a drinking bar anyway, not a sushi counter, so I suspect this was a sports pub or something akin in another hospitality lifetime. It’s actually a pretty small seating area, so they would benefit from converting it sometime in the future, I would imagine.