Brunch and the beach, that is a hard combination to pass up. Combine those two with the laid back feel of Manhattan Beach and the classic style of Manhattan and you have a delectable brunch experience that will make the Manhattan House you weekend morning home.
The Manhattan House just opened in 2015 and recently expanded to bring the brunch experience to their guests and with the warm beach weather fast approaching, this creates the perfect reason to experience Manhattan Beach. What you will quickly find out about Manhattan House is that this is not your typical brunch and certainly not your typical restaurant. Head Chef Diana Stavaridis takes freshness to a whole new level with food that is seed-to-table, as she maintains local gardens where much of their kitchen’s produce is grown. The Manhattan House also cooks all of their bread in-house and the combination of all of these ingredients creates an unparalleled freshness that comes through with each bite.
If you are looking for that truly decadent and over-the-top dish for your brunch experience, the short rib pastrami hash is the only way to go. This is one of those dishes that you want to carefully try and get a little bit of everything in each bite to enjoy it, but the rich pastrami cooked to perfection really steals the dish. But the pastrami is far from alone, crispy potatoes, a unique flavor that has a sweetness resonating throughout makes the caramelized onions a delight and busting up the yolk from a flawless cooked egg just creates richness throughout this dish. If you are looking for something a little lighter and healthier, the chia porridge is not only filling, but it has far more flavor than the name might give it credit for. The chia has a delicate soft texture and the dish itself has fabulous nutty flavor to it from the cashew nut milk, coconut date cream and is topped with nuts and fruit that is so ripe you would think it was just off of the vine.
If you are looking for a more standard brunch experience, the House ABC egg sandwich will satisfy any breakfast appetite. Freshly baked sourdough is filled with house bacon, cheddar and avocado along the Manhattan House secret sauce that will leave you pleasantly guessing as to what the ingredients are. Served with a side of potatoes, this dish really allows the ingredients to shine. Other items that are featured include; cornflake crusted French toast, a seasonal vegetable frittata and the Shakshuka, which is for the more adventurous diner as it is Israeli-Tunisian inspired and features poached eggs, saffron braised tomatoes and chili herb yogurt.
This stunning restaurant and inspired menu are more than enough reason to visit, but the cocktail menu is nearly as interesting as the food. The Manhattan lineup will keep you coming back as they are all unique in their own way. Two of the most flavorful would have to be the Howard Beach features a duck fat-infused James E. Pepper 1776 Rye and the Brown Derby which is centered around grapefruit and honey. Beyond the great mixology program, Manhattan House also has a beer lineup that takes you from coast-to-coast including the fabulous Ommegang Gnomegang Blonde Ale from Cooperstown, New York and that is fresh on tap.
You really don't need an excuse to visit Manhattan Beach to relax on the weekend, but the Manhattan House gives you a tasty reason to begin your day. From the amazing art and photography that fill this beautiful restaurant to go with a little Frank Sinatra overhead and fresh ingredients, Manhattan House is the place to take in brunch and the beach.
Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, but make sure to visit Manhattan House for dinner and nightly featured menu items. You never know what the fresh ingredients might inspire.
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