Matthew Panameno steadied a portabello mushroom in the kitchen of Darren’s restaurant in downtown Manhattan Beach, nimbly slicing it into tiny slivers.
Next to him, Jasmin Ostrander, 8, carefully diced up sprigs of parsley, tapping the shoulder of chef Darren Weiss to get his approval.
Weiss used his hands to sign some instructions, and, once the herb had been chopped into a small pile, he high-fived Jasmin and smiled. (Full Press Story)
Fish takes center stage at this cozy coastal spot housed in what used to be Avenue, just a block from the beach. In a room distinguished by exposed wooden trusses, chef Darren Weiss offers Thai peanut-crusted salmon and a fully loaded paella swimming with lobster, shrimp, mussels, and Italian sausage. Elegant game courses—venison tenderloin and braised lamb shank with Moroccan couscous—round out the menu, but they’re just no match for the seafood. Start with the coconut-heavy sweet-and- spicy lobster chowder, and don’t forget the rock shrimp ravioli: soft, spongy, and filled with goat cheese. (Full Press Story)
After closing for an extensive remodel, this Manhattan Beach New American reopens with a fresh, beachy vibe to compete with nearby hot spots such as MB Post, Little Sister and Fishing with Dynamite. The menu has been freshened as well, though many old faves remain. P.S. An extended patio gives a perfect view of beach people at play. (Full Press Story)
Oh no! … Darren’s Restaurant in Manhattan Beach, a longtime favorite in the South Bay, will temporarily close its doors on June 30. The good news!…The restaurant will reopen July 11, completely re-imagined by chef/owner Darren Weiss.
The new Darren’s will feature a brighter, more contemporary interior designed to encourage a sense of community, with a large community table as a centerpiece and a new menu that offers small and large plates to be shared. (Full Press Story)