Dinner in Redondo
I'll be in the Redondo Beach on Thursday and would love to go to have great dinner. What are your favorites in the area? It can be either cheap or expensive, good food is the main criteria. Thanks in advance.
Second Izakaya Bincho, also at the pier is Kincaid's a seafood chop house with nice views, Chez Melange just moved to Catalina Ave and Ave I. I haven't been yet but heard they were updating their menu.
Kincaid's Fish Chop & Steak
500 Fisherman's Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
112 N International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Thanks for the news about Chez Melange moving...I really hated the atmosphere at their old location, so hopefully this will be an improvement! I can't speak to the updated menu, but in the past I really enjoyed Chez Melange for brunch but found it disappointing for dinner. I will have to try it for dinner again, post-move.
Thanks to all of you hounds for the great recommendations. I went to Izakaya Bincho and loved it!
What a fab discovery in Redondo Beach that is definitely worth a drive. Izakaya Bincho is a little hole-in-the wall on the pier that has great Japanese dishes.
It was around 8:00 when we sauntered in. Parking was easy; there were plenty of empty spots at the large, public lot. The pier was pretty quiet, as was the restaurant. There were 4 people in the place, all Japanese men that looked like they were in their 30s. Two were sitting at a booth, one on a bar stool. The owner was behind the small counter that stretched one side of the tiny restaurant, chatting with everyone in Japanese, a good sign of an authentic restaurant.
We were seated and handed 2 menus, the regular one and the specials of the day, a sheet of paper handwritten in blue ball point ink, a cute detail demonstrating the intimacy of the place. Even though the owner spoke little English, he was friendly and provided great service. I asked about a few dishes, some he recommended, a few he suggested that we should not order, by saying "uh-uh" and shaking his head. I'm guessing they were out of them.
The homemade Ricotta cheese tofu was absolutely divine. From his little English I understood him to say that he was the one that makes the dish. Made with soy, Ricotta, soy sauce and gelatin, it was like a silky custard served like a scoop of ice cream with a slightly grainy texture of Ricotta. That dish alone makes this a place definitely worth returning.
We also ate small, light meatballs served in a Tsykyne Mizore sauce. The radish was OK, the meatballs delish, as were the fried chicken wings, 3 in all, spicy with a zing of spice to them. The roasted Ginko nuts were served beautifully on a bed of salt. I'd never tried them before; I don't think I'd like them anywhere. The taste and texture was odd. It looked like a miniature, yellow grape that had the skin of a fruit but the interior of a soggy nut.
In Redondo proper, I like Gina Lee's Bistro (Chinese fusion, a lot of good fish dishes). In nearby Torrance, I like Christine (american with mediteranean and asian influences) and Musha (Japanese ikakaya). In nearby Hermosa Beach, I like Catalina restaurant (american--get the "duck, duck, goose."). This board has great things to say about Izayaka Bincho, but I personally haven't been there yet.
re: Dr. Confoundo
This is the old Cocole space? I've been meaning to try this. It will go on top of the list along with the new Chez Melange.
I also want to mention Ortega 120, the new modern Mexican restaurant on PCH in South Redondo. It kind of reminds me of what Coyote Cantina was years ago - new and exciting food with great margaritas and a fun atmosphere.
On the Redondo pier:
Pacific Fish Center - a Korean style fresh crab and seafood place. Love their large (no, make that giant) prawns, freshly steamed, with some fresh sashimi and fried clams. Yum.
Pacific Fish Center
Two great upscale Italian places are Buona Sera in South Redondo and La Sosta in Hermosa Beach. I highly recommend either one.
Brix 1601 is the new wine bar in Hermosa Beach that has a lot of good buzz. I think the food is very good, and the wine list is outstanding. It has beach chic-casual thing going that I like.
Petros is another newish restaurant in Manhattan Beach that it pretty happening at the moment. I would call the cuisine modern Greek, unlike anything else in the LA area, but not unique in places like New York. It is also next to the Shade Hotel which was written about in the LA Times Food Section today as a good place to meet for a drink.
Gina Lee's is a good choice for Asian fusion. It's a bit more casual than the other places. We go there semi-regularly, but it can be a bit uneven.
Christine is also a good choice for upscale seasonal American. We have always had friendly service there.
I haven't been to Aimee's in a few years. I thought the food was OK, but the service was either great or awful.
I don't think the new Chez Melange is open yet. It was great, cutting edge food 15 years ago, but it had become tired. I'm looking forward to seeing how they update the menu in their new location.
For ultra-casual (Dive) places with great fresh seafood, the Redondo Pier is a good choice. Either Pacific Fish Center or Quality Seafood are good.
La Sosta Enoteca
2700 Manhattan Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Buona Sera Ristorante
247 Avenida del norte, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
1601 Pacific Coast Highway , Suite 290, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254