Twas a good weekend for some wonderful chow
It started off with a couple of brave hounds for a drizzly lunch at Quality Seafood on the Redondo Beach Pier on Saturday. I arrive a little late, so my partners had already ordered a round of Live Sea Urchin (Yup, just like in that episode of Lost, they just crack them open and you scoop out the yummy roe while they wiggle in your hand!), Salmon and Ahi Sashimi (They even have Wasabi Paste available!), and Fried Smelt (Which are the TRUE fish chips! SO salty and crispy and YUMMY!!!).
Then, to fight off some of my cravings, I ordered some battered fried fish and received a HUGE thick piece of meaty cod that I doused in Lemon. The batter wasnt that great, nor was it freshly fried (I suppose I could have asked) but it was only $2.99 and totally killed my craving. I also ordered their Peel and Eat Shrimp and Veggie Platter, which is the dish of choice you see everyone carry around in the San Pedro Fish Market. TONS of shrimp in a spicy red sauce with bell peppers, potatoes and onions. You also get a BIG loaf of Garlic Bread (Which I should have let them keep as I didnt touch as I was saving room for the final course of Raw Oysters and Clams! Ive never had a raw clam before and was happy to discover, I like them better than raw oysters! Rich, meaty with a SNAP! Hmm . I only had a couple of Raw Oysters. A Hama Hama and Kumamoto. Tasty, but I still prefer my oysters fried and from R-23 LOL!
The following day, it was off to an African Feast at Ngoma. A little restaurant on Wilshire near La Brea. As with usual chowhound events, we ordered way too much but had a blast trying lots of things on the menu.
To start we got Chicken and Beef Samubas (Like Indian Samosas but served with a sauce that resembled Peruvian Aji!), I liked Chicken the best and Cassava Chips, which were more like really dense French fries!
Then came the mains: SAMAKI MASALA, which was a whole fish, COVERED a very nice and slightly smoky curry sauce. LAMB MAFE, one of my favorite dishes, cutlets of lamb with an awesome peanut based sauce the kinda dish rice was made for. POULET YASSA, which was like a Chicken Stew with lots of lemon and sautéed Onion. CHAPATI AND DENGU, a rich lentil stew served with flat bread that was similar to a really THICK flour tortitilla. YARD BIRD, curried chicken, AGGRESSIVE curry flavor. Some found it wonderful. Some a bit salty. NYAMA CHOMA, we ordered both with beef and goat. Great smoky flavor to both of them. FINALLY, most dishes came with this wonderful bread called FUFU. I would describe it as Mashed Potato bread, it comes in a round ball, and then you just glide it over the dishes and it kinda SUCKS up all the wonderful sauces. If you get ONE dish there, it doesnt matter what it is really just make sure it comes with the Fufu!! I feel like Im missing out a dish or two, either way, it was really a great place; moderate prices and I would go again (For more Fufu!!)
FINALLY, being the crazy hounds that we were, we headed over to Luna Park for cocktails and dessert. Ive been here several times and love their cocktails nice and strong We split the Goat Cheese Fondue with Apples and Grilled Bread (The grilled bread rocked!), Apple and Berry Cobbler (SO good!), Crème Brule (Pretty Standard), Bananas Foster (Bananas were done PERFECT!), and of course, the Make Your Own Smores which were the HIT of the table!
AH! Believe it or not, I am SO looking forward to Easter Weekend and taking a break from all this eating!! As during the holidays, I spent more time rushing around the kitchen, than sitting at the Kitchen Table