Richard Foss

South Bay dining news: Hawaiian Poke coming to Hermosa Beach’s Pier Plaza, bourbon dinners at R10 Social House and Hey 19, wine dinners at Uncorked, Hostaria Piave, going old school at Chez Melanze

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Hook & Plough is opening Ploughed on Pier Plaza, focusing on Hawaiian Poke. Photo by Brad Jacobson

Hook & Plough is opening Ploughed on Pier Plaza, focusing on Hawaiian Poke. Photo by Brad Jacobson

by Richard Foss

Things That Make You Wonder… Hook & Plow will be spawning an offshoot called Hooked that will specialize in Hawaiian Poke. That mix of marinated tuna and other seafood is a great cooling and tangy snack and should sell well in the location on the Pier Plaza. We wonder if they’ll open another offshoot called Ploughed, although that’s how some people already leave the bars nearby…

Event Alerts… And there are several coming up soon. The R10 Social House is hosting a bourbon dinner on April 21st, and you’ll enjoy four courses that include a starter of five-spice chicken liver mousse with balsamic onion jam paired with Rittenhouse Rye. Tickets are $50 on Eventbrite – for more information call 310-798-2500. (179 N. Harbor Dr., RB) The same distillers will be featured at a dinner at Hey 19 on April 27, so if you miss one you can catch the other – or attend both and see how two talented chefs approach pairings with the same liquors. Hey 19’s events are usually a bit more cocktail-centric, but we don’t know for sure because the menu isn’t available as of press time. You can check with them at 310-378-8119. (4525 Calle Mayor, Torr.) Also on the 27th, Hostaria Piave, which usually holds events featuring Italian producers, will host a wine dinner with Ave Winery’s Bob Kugler. Kugler is a Redondo Beach native who has shown brilliance in choosing and blending Bordeaux-style wines, and this is a chance to taste the work of a local rising star. The five-course dinner is $95 per person, and you can see the menu at Hostaria Piave’s website or reserve by calling 310-374-1000. (231 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., RB) A little further out, a restaurant that led South Bay dining into the future is going to focus on the past. On May 1st Chez Melange will transform into a retro supper club serving American classics to the strains of TrumPete and the Repeaters. Old favorites like duck l’Orange and Steak Diane will be served and desserts will be flamed tableside, and it sounds like great fun. A four course dinner with your choice of entrees is a mere $50 plus tax and tip – call 310-540-1222 to reserve. (1611 S. Catalina, RB.)…  

And More Festive Evenings…  Doma Kitchen and Uncorked will co-host a Spanish wine and appetizers event this Friday. It’s at the wine shop on Pier Avenue, not the restaurant, and a mere $20 gets you tastes and snacks from 7 to 9 PM.  No reservations needed, so stop in on a whim (302 Pier Ave., HB.)… A bit later in Manhattan Beach, Tin Roof Bistro will be having a dinner with Barley Forge Brewing of Orange on May 4th. Barley Forge makes Belgian, German, and West Coast style beers, so there are a lot of possibilities here. The menu had not been finalized as of this writing, but the price has – it’s $65 per person. Check Tin Roof’s website or call at 310-939-9900. (3500 N. Sepulveda #100, MB)…  

More Reliable Than Politicians… Political candidates all claim to listen to your concerns and respect your votes, but at A Basq Kitchen they will actually be paying attention. The restaurant will be holding monthly Wine Wednesdays at which customers may sample different wines and vote for their favorites, with the winners added to the house wine list. Vote early and often, friends… They’re also serving bocadillos, a Basque breakfast sandwich using bread handcrafted by a local Basque baker, so if you’d like to try something new and different you might head to the Boardwalk soon. (136 N. International Boardwalk, RB. 310-376-9215)…

  Any new restaurants I should know about, any upcoming events, any other great ethnic sandwiches? I’m at richard@richardfoss.com…

 

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