There's seems to be a myth in Los Angeles that all the best restaurants are in West L.A., Santa Monica or Beverly Hills, and that the trade-off for great food is an expensive bill. While it's true that Los Angeles boasts many fine restaurants north of LAX, there are a few overlooked gems in South Bay. Zane's Restaurant in Hermosa Beach is a culinary delight offering great service, delicious food and the atmosphere of a family run restaurant like you might find in Europe.
Seating is small and intimate and you can expect that at any time, the owner and chef Zane or his wife, might stop by your table to ask how you are enjoying the food. The menu includes seafood classics like fried calamari, Ahi tuna tartar (lightly seasoned with a twist of citrus), pesto shrimp and a show stopping spicy cioppino ( a light touch of red pepper gives the fresh seafood just the right accent.) They also offer lightly grilled Chilean sea bass brushed with olive oil and spices as well as perfectly cooked steaks.
I was lucky enough to try all these dishes at a recent blogger "Taste and Tweet" dinner. The panel of tasters at this seven course dinner included the host of Food Network's Extreme Chef TV show, Marsh Mokhtari, SassySEO.com founder Kristin Rohan, DeathbedFood founder Diane Wagner, Jacqueline Howard of the Hermosa Beach Patch plus writers from the Daily Breeze and the Easy Reader. It was a unanimous thumbs-up on the Zane's tasting menu from this esteemed panel of epicurious, social media experts. We found each course well prepared and flavorful, without processed additives from a can or heavy sauces.
|Pictured: Zane's epic cioppino.|
|Pictured: The Ahi Tuna Tartar has just the right touch of sesame and citrus.|