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Fishing With Dynamite Open

Got a chance to dine at Chef David Le Fevre's charming new Fishing With Dynamite in Manhattan Beach (two door down from his MB Post) and boy did I enjoy this upscale fish shack. What a great addition to the South Bay. Started with their great SS Minnow chilled shellfish platter with jumbo shrimp, oysters, muscles & 1/2 lobster $39. The Clam Chowdah with neuske bacon in a thin broth, loved the grilled octopus, excellent fresh crispy fried squid (that included fried cauliflower, zucchini and lemons) had the all crab Maryland Blue Cakes and California sea urchin iced platter ($15!) Ended the meal with their tasty Pretzel and Chocolate bread pudding. Wonderful service. No lunch service yet at this tiny delight (they only have around 10 tables & 4 seats at the bar & 4 seats at the raw bar), they open at 5pm nightly and they were packed by 5:30pm. They do take limited reservations and will be on Open Table. Highly recommended for seafood lovers.

1148 Manhattan Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA.
(310) 893-6299

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  1. Sounds good.... Do you know if their chowdah had dairy in it?

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    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

      Their Chowdah' is made with cream New England style. What I should of said is it was a delicious light cream broth.

      1. re: wienermobile

        Darn.... You got my hopes up when you wrote "....in a thin broth..."

        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

          Photo of the Chowdah' with homemade oyster crackers.

    2. the seafood at MB Post is always superb.
      doesn't surprise me that the seafood at this restaurant is also terrific
      thanks for reporting.

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      1. re: westsidegal

        If you say MB Post is superb I will follow your lead and go...based on your spot-on recommendation(s) of Coni's Seafood.
        Coni's has proven to me to be one of the 'greats' in regard to seafood in the surrounding areas. I just love everything about the place.

        Thanks, Wienermobile for the pics and description of the food at, what appears to be, another great find for my great love of all seafood.

      2. I can't wait till they open for lunch. I work in MB area but never come down here for dinners.

        1. Here is a photo of their large shellfish plater.

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            1. re: TailbackU

              That in the photo is the large plater called the "Mothershucker" that feeds 5-6 at $145. Mine was The "SS Minnow" for two at $39 with 4 Jumbo shrimp, oysters, 1/2 dozen muscles & 1/2 lobster. They also offer "The Queen Mary" that serves 3-4 at $75.

            2. Concur. A really great place and a terrific addition to the neighborhood. As noted, small and crowded but not a trace of attitude--the staff could not have been nicer or more eager to help from the FOH to the folk behind the counters. Everyone seemed genuinely concerned about providing the best possible experience for the diner.

              I, too, had the very good chowdah [$6/10] (though I think the Providence version still edges it out) followed by the pitch-perfect crabcake [$16] and assorted, chilled seafood...my favorite was the Peruvian scallops [$2 each] though I also enjoyed the fine selection of a half dozen different, delicious oysters [price varied depending on which type but all under $3] (you probably get more bang for your buck from one of the set platters but I had my heart set on the scallops after seeing them in front of someone else while waiting). Dessert was an excellent maple pudding with bourbon sauce. All in all, Fishing With Dynamite was a blast!

              1. Gonna try to go tonight. Is the California uni like a live sea urchin in the prickly shell? Was a bit disappointed when I saw that Paiche's uni ceviche ($25 I think) was just a wooden box of uni similar to what one could buy at a Japanese market.

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                1. re: PeterCC

                  Don't know if it's alive. It is served out of it's shell but shell was included as a garnish.

                  1. re: wienermobile

                    Thanks. Worth a try for $15. I've recently had some uni freshly dispatched from shell so I should hopefully be able to tell how close to live it was.

                    1. re: PeterCC

                      It was indeed very fresh. Would love to hear what you think.

                  2. re: PeterCC

                    The live ones in the shell aren't necessarily better than the top quality ones in a wooden box. They're sorted and boxed based on grade which is why the uni is consistently excellent at some sushi places. They and then you pay for the top grade stuff.

                    One of my most disappointing uni experiences was with a live one, spines still moving at some sushi place in SD.

                    1. re: Porthos

                      Thanks, I've definitely had some excellent uni from wooden boxes (at Mori, Shunji, etc) but the amazing live uni I had at Shunji in March will be what I'm gonna have in my mind as I try this tonight (if we can get into FWD).

                      1. re: PeterCC

                        Couldn't get in tonight. Had a party of six, and though some arrived before 5, the entire party didn't arrive until after 5:30. Wait would have been 1.5 hours.

                        Went to MB Post instead who could seat us right away. FWB said we could order from their menu and they'd send it down to their sister restaurant (so, already impressed with service despite not being able to eat there), but we thought that might be too logistically difficult.

                        MB Post is amazing (our first time), but that's another post. Definitely will try to get into FWB again, and soon.

                        1. re: PeterCC

                          Um I mean FWD. Not sure what kind of restaurant FWB would be, but if it stood for Friends With Benefits, it might be worth checking out! ;-)

                  3. Need to try soon! Any photo of the octopus by chance?

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                      1. re: wienermobile

                        Is that a really tiny bowl, or a really large piece of octopus? What are the portion sizes of the others? Are they all small plates?

                        1. re: PeterCC

                          All small plates...most are good for two. The fried squid was more generous.

                    1. FYI - FWD starts lunch service tomorrow, and is taking reservations on OT now (http://www.opentable.com/fishing-with...). Still need to go, and both of these will help make that happen hopefully very soon!

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                      1. re: PeterCC

                        Oh my.... Do you know if they do lunch on the weekends too? TIA!

                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                          Yes, open 7 days at week at 11:30 AM, according to their Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/eatFWD/posts....

                      2. Kevin eats has a great review with wonderful photos;