1148 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Fishing with Dynamite is a very small restaurant (about 5 tables total), owned by the same chef as MB Post a few doors down. I’ve heard that it’s very hard to snag a dinner reservation, since the restaurant is so small. So decided to go here for lunch instead. Lunch reservation for New Years Eve was relatively easy — just made it on OpenTable!
I wasn’t really sure what to expect — the best seafood I’ve had was in Seattle, and hadn’t had anything in LA that came close. But the restaurant has an impressive selection of oysters and other seafood. Everything we had was so fresh and delicious! Parking is always a little tricky around Manhattan Beach, so make sure you’re parked at one of the longer-term parkings, like the one with the underground parking. Most of the street parking is 2 hours max and may not give you enough time. Bring lots of coins, as most of the meters only take coins. Try to make a reservation if you can, otherwise the wait could be horrendously long!
Inside of the restaurant. Like I’ve mentioned… it is very small!
The oyster sampler with half a dozen oysters. The oysters come with a little card, which says the type of oyster and the place where it came from. We also got the live uni (a daily special)! It was all very fresh, and naturally sweet. My favorite oyster was the Double DD (second from the right). The oysters were hands down, some of the best I’ve had. Mmmm….. $18.25 for the half dozen oyster sampler. $15 for the live uni.
The oysters came with 3 different sauces: horseradish/mignonette, cocktail sauce and the ponzu. The horseradish and the ponzu were really great on the oysters. Really brought out the natural taste.
Steamed manila clams comes in a little iron crock. It’s steamed in tomato, vermouth and linguica, and comes with grilled foccacia bread. The clams were really tender and flavorful. And the foccacia was perfect to soak up the sauce with! $15
The Cape Code Squash Rolls with rosemary butter were really good, but a bit on the small side. We also used this to dip in the clam sauce. Mmm… $5
We’ll be back to try the oyster poboy and the mahi mahi fish tacos! We saw that people all ordered different dishes and everything looked so good~~