If there’s one thing I miss about living in Hermosa, it’s literally seeing the ocean the minute I walked out of the apartment. I also miss the walks on the strand, just steps away from my house. This is why I jumped at the chance to try The Strand House thanks to an invitation from BWR PR.
I was taken on a a tour of the multilevel property. The views were stunning. I learned the lower level has a dance floor that would no doubt be packed by night’s end. The bar and dining area were also slightly separated that helped out with the noise level. The place was already filled to the brim with the beautiful people of Manhattan Beach that admittedly made me revert to my high school self but thankfully that didn’t last long due to the friendliness of the staff.
This was the view I saw from my table. Not bad at all if you ask me!
I enjoyed the strand house margarita ($14). The smoked salt and tamarind infused tequila gave it a nice kick.
The grilled peach salad ($14) wasn’t your average bunny food. The peach was wrapped in ham that surprisingly went together fairly well along with the goat cheese that was just an interesting medley of flavors.
Balancing out the heavy salad was the hamachi crudo ($18) which was very light and fresh. The buttery avocados and the alea salt added some good textures to the dish.
There was a short break between the starters and the next courses which I didn’t mind too much. It was a little sensory overload for me so I didn’t mind the downtime.
Up next was a margherita pizza ($13) with a thin but crispy crust. I could still taste some flour on it which made it have even more of a homemade appeal to it.I appreciated the fresh basil but I do wish that it had just a bit more seasoning to it.
Finally it was time for the bacon wrapped pork loin ($26). I was given a steak knife but I honestly didn’t need it. The pork was so tender, I could probably cut it with a dull butter knife with little effort. I was also a fan of the creamy mashed potatoes.
These are the butterscotch donuts ($10) the pastry was light and fluffy and the butterscotch literally exploded in my mouth. It really gave the sweet fry bread I tried the day before a run for its money. My only complaint is that I didn’t want a munchkin, I wanted the whole donut!
All in all I had a good time at The Strand House. The appetizers, drinks, and desserts were definitely the stars. The pizza and main were good but needed a little more oomph to them. Yes there is no question that the menu is put together very well with a casual elegance to it and the dishes were spot on. However, I ultimately hope that The Strand House succeeds not just as a glitzy bar, but as a great place to eat as well.
117 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266