I had a friend flying through LAX on Sunday night and we decided to meet up for dinner. Her only request was that there were some gluten-free options on the menu (she is allergic to wheat) and somewhere we could have some good wine. I decided to make reservations for Manhattan Beach Post, based on the reviews I found online. We loved it!
The restaurant is tapas style food, which I always like because you can try an assortment of foods. The menu changes several times a week at the chef's whim apparently. My friend asked our server which menu items were GF, and he was nice enough to mark them all on her menu (for the record, roughly half the items were GF, which she was very happy to see!) Our server recommended several items. They are known for their bacon biscuits with maple butter. Pretty much every table had them, but since my friend wouldn't be able to partake, I skipped ordering them since I didn't want to eat the whole plate alone.
We ended up ordering a kale, roasted beet, goat cheese and quinoa salad, which was delicious. The quinoa was just enough to add some texture, and it was dressed nicely. We also ordered Maine diver scallops with Fuji apple, and chestnuts, on a celery root puree with a cider gastrique. These were amazing. The scallops had a nice golden sear but were still very tender. The apples went really well with the scallops, which surprised both of us. We really enjoyed this one. Our server recommended the 12oz rib-eye with black truffle butter, which we had to get. Delicious! We ordered the steak medium rare, and it came out perfectly cooked, and sliced for easy eating. We also got the roasted Brussels sprouts with hazelnuts, sage and emmenthal cheese. I would have never thought to put emmenthal with Brussels sprouts, but it went very well together, and was perfect with the rib-eye.
For dessert, I asked our server which desserts were GF. Luckily, the one we wanted to order was GF! We got "The Elvis" -- chocolate pudding with a peanut butter mousse, bacon brittle and bruleed bananas. This was amazing! We couldn't stop oohing over it. I could have easily have eaten the entire portion myself!
They have a nice wine selection, and offer 3oz and 6oz pours on the wines by the glass, which is nice. We each had a couple glasses of wine (6oz of course). Total before tip was $145, which we thought was very reasonable considering the food and service. Definitely a place I want to return to in the future!