Restaurant: Gladstones [1, 2]
Location: 17300 Pacific Coast HwyPacific Palisades, CA 90272. (310) 454-3474
Date: Jan 18, 2011
Cuisine: American Seafood
Summary: Updated classic coastal seafood
Just 48 hours after our Sunday trip down the coast to Paradise Cove (REVIEW HERE), the incredible January weather was holding in fine form. 80 degrees, sunny, nice breezes. I had heard that SBE, the food/club group which operates the awesome Bazaar (REVIEW HERE) had bought Gladstones down at the end of Sunset. Now I’d never been too partial to Gladstones, even though it’s nicely located. Despite the great view, it never made the best of it and the menu was a bit old school, over priced, and leaned toward the fried and over-sized.
They didn’t change the look too much, but it’s not much to complain about.
The menu, click as usual for larger.
And page 2.
We decided to try both chowders. First the manhattan. Not bad, broth like a Cioppino.
The New England. Not as good as Paradise Cove actually. Too much like canned stuff, i.e. thin.
The impaled sour dough was cool though.
When I’d come here in the 90s I used to get the “coconut shrimp,” which were fried. In their update of the menu they have replaced them with this. Those are shrimp with rice and dried coconut, in a kind of thai peanut red curry. Oh wow. They tasted great! I mean I always like red curry (HERE, FOR A THAI PLACE REVIEW), but this was pretty damn succulent. Not exactly what I expected, and very rich, but damn good.
Since my Paradise Cove meal had just whet my seafood tower appetite, and I now had a partner in shellfish slaying crime, we went for the 2 person cold seafood extravaganza. This WAS better than it’s equivalent at Paradise Cove. Not the best tower I’ve had, but good. Scallops, shrimp, oysters, clams, lobster with avocado cerviche, Alaskan Crab legs, and the sauces: Cocktail, tartar, and vinaigrette. Everything was great except for the crab legs which tasted too frozen.
But again the biggest winner was the view, and the weather. January! East Coasters look and weep.
Another shot of the porch.
The menu certainly hasn’t been radically redefined. It’s gotten a bit of an update, and the quality has risen. Still, it would be neat to see what someone really creative — like Jose Andres! — could so with the beach side restaurant concept.