The hostess/owner is charming and the décor is warm, but modern; with dark woods and interesting lighting (large pink balloon-like shades seemingly made from umbrellas).
Service is capable and quite friendly; also very attentive.
Bread is warm, and served with a small bowl of olive oil with chopped garlic, among other herbs.
Not knowing what a lamb tartine is, I ordered it. And it was delightful. It’s a piece of tender bread layered with arugula under perfectly grilled lamb tenderloin. On top are thinly sliced marinated onions and chunks of goat cheese. All these flavors and textures were perfectly complementary, from the bitterness of the arugula to the sour onion to the creamy cheese and umami of the lamb. And texturally, the bread was perfect, as it held its shape but was easy to cut. It also absorbed the lamb juice to make it even more flavorful. To balance it, the texture of the arugula gave it a light crunch, and the meatiness of the lamb gave it body. Altogether I was quite happy with this dish.
It came with a mountain of garlic fries and a small bowl of ketchup that they refilled without my even asking. These were also done perfectly.
My dining companion got the pasta with vodka sauce, and it also looked very good. I may try that next time.
All in all, this was an unexpected treat. I will be back for sure.
Lido di Manhattan
1550 Rosecrans (behind Houston’s)
Lido Di Manhattan Restaurant
1550 Rosecrans Avenue Suite G, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266