Friday, April 3, 2015

Urban Eats @ Michael's - Santa Monica

By: Lisa Ng

Michael's has become my go-to neighbourhood bistro in Santa Monica. 

They host an an incredible all-night happy hour with top rate apps and along with beer, cocktails and wine ranging from $5-8. Happy Hour runs from 5 PM to close - SIX nights a week. It’s a steal, located on Third Street just beyond where the promenade ends.

Here are a few of my favourites from a recent tasting I attended:

Grilled Shishito Peppers ($6) are served up with a ponzu aioli. The Shitake Mushroom Pizza ($15) with thyme, sweet onion and creamy fontina cheese is a meal-sized portion and very easy to share if you’re grabbing cocktails with a group.

For my dinner, I chose the Maine Diver Scallops ($29) which were perfectly seared and served with flowering broccoli, crispy fried polenta, pearl onions and fresh radishes. Each scallop was so tender and buttery it was difficult not to swallow them up whole. The polenta provided a nice contrast in texture.

If you’re feeling steak, you’ll enjoy Michael’s take on Steak Frites ($44) which is a juicy 28-day dry-aged NY steak glistening with butter and served with a side of crispy shoestring fries. It was a toss-up for me between this dish and the scallops for me, but I did get to steal a little piece of steak from one of my dining companions and it was so, so good. 
Creme Fraiche Panna Cotta with pomegranate
Michael McCarty is the man behind Michael’s and opened this restaurant in 1979. He followed-up his success with Michael’s New York in 1989, and has stuck by his principles by using the best and freshest ingredients and cooking them in a way to highlight their natural qualities. He flies back and forth between his two establishments.

“The main reason I decided to become a restaurateur was that I love to entertain people, to show them a really wild time. And when things are going right at a party or in a restaurant—great food and great service with the right mix of people in the perfect setting—nothing beats it” says McCarty. 

Dining at his restaurant felt very comfortable and not stuffy. The service was friendly and attentive and Michael makes everyone feel at home.

Michael’s Santa Monica
1147 Third Street
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 451-0843

Dinner: Monday to Saturday, 6:00pm – 10:30pm

Bar / Happy Hour: Monday to Saturday, 5:00pm – close

Lisa Ng is also the Editor-in-Chief of This Beautiful Day, a lifestyle blog for smart women. You can follow her online @helloLisaNg + on Instagram @ThisBeautifulDay.

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