Terra in Malibu
Went last night for the first time. Spent some time in the bar area having cocktails until our table was ready. We (6 of us) waited well past our reservation time as there are not too many large tables. As an apology we were treated to a complementary antipasto plate/charcuterie with very good ham, breseola and salami. Service was very good and the dining room was lovely, with the fireplace active. I started with a shared gorgonzola tart that was very tasty. My main was loup de mer served with white beans. The fish had a very crispy skin yet the flesh was done perfectly and not overcooked. Some of the other starters were a beet carpacio special and baby lamb chops, neither of which I tried. The other mains were the lamb shank (I tried it and it was very good). Another special was beef cheeks which looked great and which my friends said were delicious. For desert we shared a few orders of the crustless salt caramel cheesecake; it is interesting and delicious, a cross between a cheesecake and a custard. The wine list held some interest, we had a roussane from Santa Ynez by Renard that was excellent, and an alexander valley cab someone brought. All in all it was a very good experience and we all agreed we would return. It is located on PCH (north side) just west of Las Flores.