At Kah Asian Restaurant & Lounge, Chef Vit Suttichanond blends Thai, Japanese, and Chinese flavors into pan-regional cuisine that Easy Reader News has praised for its presentation and its approachable flavor combinations. Familiar Thai curries and noodle dishes fill most of the menu, although wok-fried orders of kung pao chicken and meaty fried rice lend distinctly Chinese touches as well. The sushi chefs also breathe new life into sushi-bar staples with inventive aesthetic details, such as the crimson slivers that explode from the center of the dynamite roll.
Sconce-lit walls and exposed ceiling beams surround the dining room's gleaming wooden tables. Separated by a line of high-backed booths, the lounge area's backlit bar brims with potent spirits and a collection of bottled sakes that diners can knock over in hopes of winning an enormous stuffed animal.
Manhattan Beach is known for its warm sunshine and welcoming waves, which surfers chase on the beaches of the historic El Porto district. It's the type of place that lends itself to relaxation and laid-back personalities. That's why Clint Clausen was surprised how hard it was to find his ideal dining trifecta: organic coffee, fresh cuisine, and friendly smiles. Most local cafes seemed to lack at least one of these key ingredients, so he started his own. Named after his four daughters, the restaurant teems with eats that are as comforting as they are healthy. Between cups of steaming Lamill coffee, guests can taste breakfast's sweet side with a stack of caramel-pecan pancakes or explore its savory flipside with a 4DK omelet stuffed with spinach, ham, and roasted mushrooms. At dinnertime, the kitchen bolsters the menu with draft beers, more than a dozen types of wine, and Angus rib-eyes as hearty as Paul Bunyan's handshake.
In order to reinvent the seafood-eatery formula of their oceanside neighborhood, a group of restaurateurs looked elsewhere, to what they name in their bio as the "only other coastal location in the U.S. that matches the allure of Manhattan Beach." As a result, The Hamptons' seafood-focused cuisine and oceanic decor stays true to its namesake. Executive chef David Linville crafts a menu of gourmet-inspired, yet casual dishes that range from tender crab cakes and seared scallops with risotto to fish tacos and lobster rolls. Inside the sea-foam-hued dining room, blue-glass floats suspended in fishing nets cast an underwater glow across rows of tables to the lobster traps above the bar. There, 14 types of craft beers rush from the taps, and red and white wines pour freely into glasses or the tackle boxes of fishermen angling for tuna sommeliers.
Oceana Bistro Cafe's floor-to-ceiling windows and outdoor patios unveil sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean. Located just down the street form the neighborhood eatery, the sea provides more than just idyllic scenery—it yields fresh scallops, shrimp, and crab for gastro-pub-inspired fare. Chefs tailor their cooking style to suit the time of day. At lunchtime, they layer casual, deli-style sandwiches with Boar's Head meats, leaf lettuces, and seasoned mayo. At dinner, they take a more gourmet approach, grilling fine meats (among them, filet mignon and ahi tuna) until they achieve a supple texture and jail stripes. Chefs pair the dishes with locally produced wines and craft brews.
Meticulously prepared dishes brimming with fresh ingredients greet palates at India’s Tandoori Halal Indian Restaurant, a celebrated Hawthorne eatery with a full menu of Indian cuisine. Taking its name from the clay oven often used in Indian cooking, the restaurant serves up signature morsels such as tandoori game hen and channa masala, a Punjabi-style chickpea dish laden with spices. Clay-oven-baked breads known as rotis accompany savory main courses, and desserts in the form of rice pudding add a sweet-ending note to a symphony of flavors, much as most conductors conclude orchestral pieces by distributing brownies to the audience.
Skewers loaded with chopped veggies, meats, and shrimp sizzle atop oversize grills in the bustling kitchen at Magic Skewers Restaurant. Waiters ferry speared eats through the wood-paneled dining room to hungry diners waiting in high-backed booths, or wrap up to-go orders for patrons to munch or javelin-toss through their car windows on their way home.