Named one of the top 10 South Bay ethnic restaurants by the Daily Breeze, Al Watan has served up authentic Indian and Pakistani fare for more than 25 years. Much of the menu is cooked in a traditional clay oven, bringing intense heat to meaty specialties such as the tandoori chicken, expertly spiced to the rich orange hue of a dying sun ($6.99). Lamb, goat, and beef are also offered, cooked in a variety of regional spices and sauces. The naan, also cooked in the clay oven, includes plain ($1), garlic ($1.99), and butter ($2.25) varieties to mop up the savory leavings of the entrees. An extensive vegetable selection ensures that noncarnivores will find something to put in their bellies. Tongues stung by spice can seek succor in the cool sanctuary of the lassis or mango shakes ($2 each).
Thumping beats emanate from the ship, dissipating as they scatter across the tranquil waters of Marina Del Ray Harbor. Tiki torches stand sentry over two outdoor decks, where passengers sip beverages, sashay to the music, and send plumes of smoke into the sky from the cigar deck. Such maritime revelry is all in a day’s—or night’s—work for the Tiki Mermaid, a yacht designed to take up to 60 passengers on festive jaunts into the harbor. Swaddled in Polynesian-style decor, the dynamic vessel offers something for everyone, inviting guests to lounge in overstuffed sofas surrounded by tropical plants, dance on two enclosed floors or two outdoor decks, or peer overboard to summon the family of porpoises that raised them. During private and public parties, passengers enjoy a menu of first-rate appetizers and drinks prepared by the Tiki Mermaid’s master chef.
From under the grill at Britt's BBQ, flames reach their flavor-enhancing tendrils up to barbecue-glazed ribs, tender pork shoulders, and skewers loaded with fresh veggies, infusing the whole menu of barbecue eats with their smoky essence. Grill-savvy chefs fill sandwiches, entree platters, and fresh salad greens with cuts of brisket, ribs, and chicken as guests order, resulting in hot meals fresher than a daisy on laundry day. A flavorful assortment of sides and freshly squeezed lemonade enhances the sensory experience of barbecue feasts, surrounding entrees with verdant slivers of cucumber salad, herb-speckled chunks of potato salad, and scoops of beans glistening in pools of barbecue sauce.
A Fresh Face Skin Care Clinic's aestheticians aim to eradicate stress with a lengthy, comprehensive slate of holistic-minded spa services amplified by sensory experiences. To kick off each soothing therapy, including massages, scrubs, facials, and hair-removal treatments, clients answer the Aveda Elemental Nature questionnaire, which is designed to help staff members customize treatments based on the five ayurvedic elements found in nature: infinity, air, water, fire, and earth. Like a cradle made from billowing cloud fragments, Aveda tea and a relaxing foot massage bolster each spa session.
Like a real jungle, Scooter’s Jungle is full of vibrant colors and potential for adventure; unlike a real jungle, however, most of its attractions are inflatable. Named for its tropical theme, the indoor family-fun center’s inflatables range from gargantuan slides and a zip line to an obstacle course, where kids can build the agility necessary to finally outrun their shadows. For a break from the pillowy structures, kids can play ping-pong and air hockey at the free game tables, or nosh on pizza during private birthday parties.