Restaurant: Charcoal Venice
Location: 425 Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292. (310) 751-6794
Date: July 21, 2018
Cuisine: New American Grill
Rating: Interesting so far
We were out on a family bike ride and decided to stop at Josiah Citrin’s (owner/chef of Melisse) newish more casual eatery for brunch.
It’s located on Washington Blvd about 2 blocks in from the ocean.
The space is contemporary and attractive.
Maybe about 3000 square feet.
Grilled Cucumber Gazpacho. Persian Cucumber, Calabrian Chili. I’m not sure what else was in this, other than certainly a lot of olive oil — but it was delicious. Roasted vegetable flavors, very roasted, lots of vinegar tang.
Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits. Pepper Honey. Being moved by a 9 year-old, hence the motion blur. Nice and cheesy. Excellent biscuits.
Hanger Steak Salad. Chopped Salad, Tomato, Havarti, Bacon, Grilled Onion, Kalamata Olives, and Jo-Jo’s Vinaigrette.
Fries. My 9 year-old didn’t like the spicy ketchup, I did.
Charcoal Benedict. Grilled Ham, Tomato Compote, Poached Egg, Charcoal-Infused Jet Black Hollandaise. Never had black hollandaise sauce before. The color made my mind think it should taste like squid ink. I can’t actually say that I tasted the charcoal at all, although clearly you can see it. Tasty classic Benedict either way.
Three Egg Omelette. Wilted Spinach, Avocado, Aged Cheddar, Grilled Spring Onion and Tomato.
Kitchen and interesting menu seemed promising, and several friends like it for dinner, so I’ll have to give that a try one of these days.