I seldom venture outside of Orange County for media tasting. But when Eating Around SoCal and Baleen Kitchen partnered up to host a media tasting for BK’s Valentine’s Day Menu, I couldn’t pass it up. How could I resist a beautiful location right next to the marina?
Baleen Kitchen is part of The Portofino Hotel & Marina in Redondo Beach. It was voted Top 10 Best Restaurants for Waterside Dining in LA by The ZAGAT. Read on and you will understand why.
The lounge serves great Happy Hour drinks and menu daily from 3:00pm – 7:00pm with a different theme everyda; Monday Night Football, Taco Tuesdays, Rockefeller Wednesdays, etc.
I absolutely adore how beautiful and elegant the main dining room is with the crystal chandeliers.
Once all the guests were seated, we were presented with Charcuterie. It was the perfect starter to share.
I could not get enough of the second course – Grilled Maitake Salad (avocado, harico vert, heirloom tomato, maitake – pictured above bottom). I love salad and I could eat a full plates of this and call it a meal.
The beautiful desserts completed the the meal. The Lemon Meringue Pie (white chocolate anglaise – pictured above top) was incredibly delicious. Allen has been on a diet and had not eaten sweets for quite some times. One bite of this, he lost his will power. :) I had about 2 bites of it, the rest went into his tummy. LOL!
The Warm Chocolate Cake (chantilly cream, chocolate shavings & vanilla gelato) was also superb.
General Manager, Mr. Felipe Murcia, chatted with us all throughout dinner. He has a wealth of restaurant experience both in the States as well as abroad. I expect to see more great things happening under his direction.
We also got to meet Chef Crespin who was born in Spain but grew up in the US. Trained at the French Culinary Institute in New York, Chef Crespin has worked in many top kitchen around the globe. His vast experience with Spanish, Japanese, and American Cuisine inspires him to create unique and delicious dishes. For the upcoming Valentine’s Day, you will get to enjoy Chef Crespin’s Six Course Tasting Menu that will knock your socks off.
So hurry up and make your reservation here now!
Special thanks to Eating Around SoCal, Baleen Kitchen and the entire staff for their hospitality! It was an amazing evening. I look forward to my next visit again soon.
The Portofino Hotel & Marina
260 Portofino Way
Redondo Beach, CA 90277