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Quality Seafood June 15, 2009

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It’s been over 8 years since I last visit Redondo Beach, things has changed but not too much. I was invited to join a few bloggers for fresh live sea urchin (uni), yes you heard me right, LIVE!! At first I thought it was $6 each piece, but when I got there, I found out it’s $6.99/lb.
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I was surprised to find a seafood market in Redondo Beach, I didn’t even know such place exist! I always been eating around the restaurant at the pier and never venture down here. You can find all sort of fresh seafood down here, starting from clams, shrimps, crawfishs, oysters, crabs…and fish. But what’s so interesting is that you can also find sea urchin here as well. Which was the reason we came here for.
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So what you do is first ask them to pick a sea urchin for you, tell them you want a small one or big one..etc. I ask the guy to pick a big one for me, and he sure did pick a REALLY big one for me. My was the biggest among all the other sea urchin that he pick for my friends.

weighting the sea urchin

Weighting the sea urchin

My was heavy...

My was heavy...

Cleaning out all the craps inside

Cleaning all the craps inside

Washing it..

Washing it..

Ready to serve

Ready to serve

It bleed....omg...

It bleed....omg...

It’s still moving after they clean the internal….

My uni is very strong.. still moving after I ate half of it

I would suggest bring a bottle of water to wash the sea urchin a little bit since it was roughly clean and wash with tap water. Those fresh sea urchin actually were very light in taste, not flavorful like those serve in the restaurant. But it was still a very interesting experience eating sea urchin live by the pier. If you never been there before, it’s your chance to come try it out. They also have many other seafood here that they can steam and peel for you. But if you want it to be steam, you might need to wait for 20-30 mins.


* Taste: 4 out of 5
* Decor: 2 out of 5
* Service: 4 out of 5
* Price: $$


Quality Seafood
130 International Boardwalk
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 372-6408


Providence, LA June 8, 2009

I have selected Providence as my first post on my food section since it has 2 Michelin Star @ 2009.  I went with a few food bloggers on 6.7.2009 for 9 courses tasting menu.  My initial impression was alright, it was located on a more isolated section of the Melrose Ave.  There’s only valet parking or street parking, since the left side of the street is residential, you can only park on the right side of the road.

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Service was not very attentive consider they are an upscale restaurant, it took them around 10 mins for our waiter to take our order for drinks, another 15 mins to bring us the menu.  Whole dinner took about 4 hours, and we were the last customer to leave the restaurant.  UGH..  -_-;;  I’m just glad that it wasn’t a date b/c I can’t escape in the middle unless I decide to give up my meal.

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For aperitif (I think that’s what it’s called):

we have some fancy small liquor filled appetizers.  First one on from the left need to squeeze lime on top, and it was very strong…since I don’t drink alcohol, I have no idea what I was tasting.. middle one was kindda interesting, it was liquid filled gel, maybe like a mimosa or something but I need to ask my other friends to confirm.  Last one on the right is creamy bisque.  Which completely wash away the alcohol taste in my mouth…hehehehehehe.. =)

First course:

Japanese Kanpachi sashimi with crispy rice crackers, flowering coriander, endive sous vide, soy creme fraiche. Taste is very light and bland, but the fish was very fresh.

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Second course:

Santa Barbara Sea Urchin served in a farm fresh egg, champagne beure blanc, fine herbes.  This dish is particularly interesting, I can taste a subtle hint of sea urchin, but the egg york was a little bit overpowering, but most of us agree the croutons on the top were tasty.

Third course:

Hokkaido Sea Scallops (Japan) with fava beans, chanterelles, applewood smoked bacon, jurancon sec.  The scallop was very sweet, and the bacon actually bring out more flavor of the sweetness inside the scallop.  But I hate bean so it got another minus point..ho ho..j/k

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Fourth course:

Wild Day-Boat Pacific Habibut (talahoh, Wa.) with burdock, shiso, and lemon.  This is actually my favorite course of the night, the halibut was so soft, moist and juicy and shiso and lemon was a perfect compliment to bring out the flavor of the fish.  It was the strongest course of the night which I’m perfectly fine if they give me 5/9 courses with same dish..hehehehehhehee..

Fifth course:

Wild Troll Caught King Salmon (sitka. ak) with Japanese turnips, sweet peas, preserved meyer lemon, gingered carrot juice.  I know my picture turn out very orange…and funky…but maybe b/c it was dark and everything was orange.  o_O  I have to say that I usually love salmon but not this particular one, either it was the beans (I hate beans) or it was the sauce that just wasn’t calling my name.

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Sixth course:

Roasted Tenderloin of Veal with crushed king edward potatoes, spring onions, hazelnuts, new crop spring garlic confit.  None of us like the veal for some reason, the texture was just a little bit off…it was very tender but it remind me of eating the rabbit meat @ Stinky Rose roughly 10 years ago.  I actually got some goose bumps while eating the veal.

Seventh course:

Since I’m not a big fan of cheese, I substitute it out for another dessert…it was a fresh strawberry and basil ice cream with some hazelnut marshmallows, the basil ice cream was good but I was quit disappointed with my strawberry tho.  Just by looking at the picture doesn’t really  stimulate my sweet tooth.  Blah….

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Eighth course:

Cucumber, Kaffir Lime, Juniper Berry & Yogurt…this was interesting, I wouldn’t say it was was more like sorbet. W/ salty fermented cucumber on the bottom.  It was refreshing but in an odd way…no common about that one.

Final course:

Miso Cheesecake with regier farms peaches, black sesame, cassis sorbet.  Cheesecake was good, but I love the peaches more…

Score?  Hmmmmm…probably a 3 stars out of 5.  I am not trying to be mean but overall service was okay, but it went downhill toward end of the night.  I might give them another try in the near future to just give them a second chance.  Okay, now my question is….who’s going to take me???


* Taste: 3 out of 5
* Decor: 5 out of 5
* Service: 2 out of 5
* Price: $$$$



5955 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90037
(323) 460-4170