“From Farm AND Coast to Table” is the tag line for Chef Brian Parks’ new menu at Coast Restaurant & Bar and I must say, the focus on local, sustainable and seasonable food is paying off. I’ve been there twice recently and both times it was utterly delicious. My favorite dish on the new menu is Kampachi Crudo (don’t worry … I didn’t know what it was before my waiter explained it) but it’s a buttery, melt in your mouth sashimi made from a domesticated alternative to wild tuna. I’m by no means a fish expert but love sashimi and this is definitely one of my favorites. Served with a Cerignola Olive and Radish Salad for starters, it’s light delicious and I would eat it every night if I could afford it!
We also tried the Roasted Baby Abalone (from The Cultured Abalone in Goleta) with Ogo-Cucumber Mignonette, Roasted Black Cod with Corn and Fava Bean (Tutti Fruiti Farms in Oxnard) Succotash, Baby Heirloom Tomatoes and Bloomsdale Spinach, Line Caught Salmon with an English Pea Ragout and Roasted Trout with Herbs de Provence (Sheppard Farms in Carpinteria), Spring Onions and Tomato Butter.
The people at the table next us were raving about their Grilled Ribeye with Verdalaga and Heirloom Tomatoes (Tutti Fruiti Farms in Oxnard) and Truffle Tater Tots (wow!) and it did look delicious as did their dessert, a Potted Panna Cotta with Strawberries (Sheppard Farms in Carpinteria) and Angel Food Cake. We had the Summer Peach Tart (Regier Farms in Oxnard) with Spiced Pepitas, Caramel and Fleur de Sel. I’m usually a chocolate only kind of dessert girl but this was a perfect ending to a perfect summer night out.
Coast also has a full menu of special weekly events, including my personal favorite Thirsty Thursdays, with happy hour prices on drinks till 9 p.m. and Thursday Taco Time with $2 tacos all day long. It’s a great place to end the night after 1st Thursday’s art walk or anytime you’re out on the town.
I haven’t been yet, but I hear their Monday night wine tastings on the roof are a lot of fun too. This Monday (8/22) is Gainey, followed by Melville on 8/29 a break for Labor Day and then Whitcraft on 9/12. Maybe I’ll see you there.