Jonathan Tam's new organic health-food restaurant in Monterey Park is an incongruous slice of Santa Monica chic in one of the San Gabriel Valley's most Chinese neighborhoods.
At Farm Cuisine, diners nosh on salads and miso-glazed salmon against a backdrop of artfully overturned vegetable crates and hip chalkboard menus.
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Tam has entered a crowded, highly competitive market where restaurants compete on taste and price rather than presentation or healthfulness. Industry publication Chinese Restaurant News lists more than 500 Chinese restaurants with a 626 area code. The total for adjacent area codes 909 and 818, by comparison, is just 161.