Recently, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to preview the Valentine’s Day menu at Baleen Kitchen at The Portofino Hotel & Marina. Situated right on the water, the setting is as sexy as the restaurant’s interior. Spanish born Executive Chef, Richard Crespin has an affinity for tapas and is adept at creating balanced seasonal dishes which showcase super fresh ingredients. From appetizers to deserts, Chef Crespin is spot on. Baleen Kitchen is definitely one of Redondo Beach’s hidden gems.
One of my favorite dishes, which, is available year round is the duck carnitas. When people ask me, “What’s the best thing you’ve eaten recently?” I keep saying, “Duck carnitas at Baleen Kitchen!” They are served with mini crepes, slaw and a blackberry compote. They are juicy, rich and slightly sweet. I want one right now!
The seafood is uber fresh and executed perfectly (not an easy task when serving 20 people). Everyone at the event raved about the roasted black sea bass. The deserts tasted as good as they look in the pictures. I will definitely be going back to Baleen Kitchen. Baleen also offers daily specials and special prefix holiday menus. The 6 course Valentine’s Day tasting menu looks fantastic so make your reservations today!
260 Portofino Way
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
877-BaleenLA OR (877-225-3365)