Do you know good restaurants in and around Manhattan Beach ?
I have been in Manhattan beach for a few weeks now, and I am looking for a top notch restaurant. So far in Manhattan Beach itself I have enjoyed Cafe Pierre, Octopus and Mangiamo. I was very disapointed by 12 and Highland. So, for saturday, I am looking for a good, gourmet restaurant in or around the Manhattan Beach / LongBeach area, that would serve some decent French, italian or new american food.
Can you recommend something ?
Petros, the Greek place in MB, is pretty good. But if you're really thinking "gourmet," then you need to head north to other parts of LA because MB is a gourmet wasteland. That's one of the reasons I moved.
Darrens (american new, sorta), La Sosta Enoteca (italian)
Thats about it.
The del in playa del rey gets great reviews. It is somewhat updated American comfort food with slight international flair, but more or less updated American comfort. It definitely isnt diner food.
Another option could be bora bora. It is polynesian, but really its ribs, ribeye, risottos, etc. It sounds bad, but it is actually decent. It has a fantastic beer list and a cool vibe, so I am partial to it.
Gina Lees in South Redondo is decent asian fusion. It isnt Chinois on Main quality. If you have been to Mako, Orris, Celadon, Beacon in LA or any really good asian fusion place in SF, you wont like it, but it is 5 huge steps above PF changs. It is chef owned by a korean and a french husband wife couple, but neither of them actually man the stoves anymore.
A lot of people mention restaurant Christine in Torrance. The restaurant is ambitious, but it never delivers compared to the better LA or SF counterparts. I dont like that place, but it is somewaht america-modern/pan asian. They have a tasting menu, so tthat says "something" but not much.
If it were me I would choose La sosta Enoteca and get the cutting board, and some pasta. I hear Darren's is good, and it is owned and operated by a very capable american-modern chef. I dont know if he is classically trained, but he has attention to detail and is skilled. It just opened, so it might still be working out the kinks. That is a place I have my eye on.
Had dinner at Christine's two weeks ago and was disappointed. It had been a couple of years since we ate there and either memory was playing tricks on us or it is not the Christine's we remembered. We had two meat dishes, an Osso Buco and a Piedmonte sampler special. Both had wine reduction sauces that were very heavy and overpowered the dish. It was all you could taste.
Previous posts have mentioned a place called Borra Borra or something in MB. My buddy really likes it.
I had a very nice dinner last night at Chez Melange in Redondo Beach..
1716 Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277