Hello Little Sister Redondo Beach!

There is a new sister in town and she is no other than Little Sister Redondo Beach.  With the success of restaurant endeavors such as Abigaile,  WildCraft ,  Dia De Campo, Steak and Whiskey, Little Sister Manhattan Beach and  Little Sister LA;  Chef Tin Vuong now brings us one more special “sister” restaurant in the opening of Little Sister Redondo Beach.

Similar to their sister restaurants; Little Sister Redondo Beach brings us some fantastic cuisine of Eastern and Western cultures combined.

The menu of this new restaurant has a mixture of old favorites as well as new dishes. Regardless of an old, classic dish or a new surprise; each dish is truly innovative with a special flair of Southeast Asian flavor courtesy of Chef Tin Vuong.

My meal at this new Redondo Beach hot spot started off with the the Pan Fried E-Fu Noodle. This dish is aa favorite found at the other Little Sister restaurants.

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Symbolizing long life; E-Fu noodles are often served at celebrations such as birthdays and weddings. It seemed only appropriate to have long life noodles at the grand opening of a new restaurant 😉 and this dish is indeed a reason to celebrate because it is amazing. Topped with confit shredded pork, long beans and tea egg; it was definitely full of flavor. The tea egg is meant to be broken and mixed in with the rest of the noodle. The yellow yolk once drizzled into the dish adds to the depth of flavor.

Next up after the E-Fu noodles; I tried the Goi Cuon Fresh Spring Rolls.

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Spring Rolls are a classic Asian dish and Chef Tin Vuong does a superb job of offering a traditional roll with a little bit of a twist. These fresh springs rolls has pork and shrimp along with a special crispy wafer. The crunch that the wafer brings to the rolls is a surprise and one that adds a uniqueness (and deliciousness for that matter) to this rice paper entree.

The third dish I had here was my personal favorite for this visit. This dish was the “Xoi” Sticky Rice.

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Xoi is a savory Vietnamese dish made from glutinous rice. Here at Little Sister their version consists of sticky rice with lap cheung, pork floss, crispy shallots, slow egg and roasted chili vinegar. The sticky rice is slightly deep fried and topped with the egg and pork. Slightly spicy and definitely savory; I really enjoyed this dish.

Little Sister is definitely not so little in terms of taste and quality. Each dish is packed with savoriness; full of unique Asian flavors. Chef Tin Vuong once said that this is the type of food he likes to eat and he is not alone because this is the type of food we like to eat too.  The new sister in town plays big (sister) in terms of bringing a delicious blend of Eastern and Western cuisine.

Little Sister Redondo Beach officially opens today, May 28, 2018.

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on Little Sister Redondo Beach.

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Hello Suburbia!

In the past couple years, Chef Tin Vuong has been making quite a name for himself in the South Bay. It first started in 2012, when he took over as Executive Chef of Abigaile in Hermosa Beach and brought to that restaurant a variety of unique gastropub eats like poutine with braised lamb belly and fried organic egg. Then in 2013, he opened up the pizzeria WildCraft in Culver City and the Asian eatery Little Sister in Manhattan Beach. Shortly after he brought us the Hermosa Beach Mexican beachisde resto Dia De Campo and the classy Manhattan Beach Steak and Whiskey. Last year, Chef Tin Vuong  ventured outside beach cities via the opening of Little Sister LA in downtown Los Angeles. Now this 2016 he brings us his “lucky 7” in the opening of Suburbia in Redondo Beach.

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Suburbia is located at the heart of Riviera Village in Redondo Beach. Alongside with Chef Tin Vuong’s partner Jed Sanford, they bring modern neighborhood eats with an emphasis in new American dishes. In the eclectic menu, one can find favorites from their other restaurants. I recognized Abigaile’s pao de queijo and AB snickers. I spotted a tribute to Little Sister’s popular lobster dish via Suburbia’s S&P Lobster. Suburbia simply has one extensive unique menu filled with Mexican, Asian, Middle Eastern and American dishes.

On my recent visit here, my meal started with a couple of items from their menu’s “first bites and snacks” section.

First up was Suburbia’s fried green tomatoes.

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This starter consisted of five crisp fried green tomatoes accompanied with buttermilk dressing, pimento cheese and pickled peppers. The crispy coating on the outside and soft tomatoes inside made for a light, nice appetizer. This is another offering that was influenced by Chef Tin and Jed’s other restaurants. This dish is reminiscent of Steak and Whiskey’s wedge salad that has fried green tomatoes.

After the fried green tomatoes, we got to feast on Suburbia’s tapas plate.

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Pleasing to the eye and to the palate, was this huge tapas platter filled with various meats, cheese and nuts. There was a bowl of mambas with white sausage along side with jamon serrano, almonds and Manchego cheese.  Mixing in some sweetness to the salt were roasted grapes, fig jam and fig cake.  This platter also had tomato toast and olive torta.

The starters at Suburbia are very fulfilling but they are not to be outdone with the main entrees. One has to save room for the main courses!

The Lebanese Spiced Ground Lamb and Hummus was a favorite for many at the restaurant that evening.

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This dish comes with a bowl of ground lamb mixed with mint, cilantro, pine nuts, walnuts, dukkah and hummus. One the side is za’atar naan. Hummus with a twist, this was one very fulfilling dish.

My personal favorite of the night came in the form of Suburbia’s short ribs.

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This entree gives new meaning the word tenderness. This dish has the most tender short rib that simply melts with the touch of fork. The amazingly soft meat was accompanied with anson mills grits, charred kale, raclette and horseradish cream.

Just like all the other restaurants of Chef Tin Vuong Suburbia is simply superb! I have heard in planning Suburbia that Jed Safford wanted a restaurant where he can enjoy a variety of meals with his kids. With it’s globally inspired dishes, Suburbia is indeed a perfect place where friends and family can come together. There is something for every palate.

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Suburbia, the modern-day neighborhood eatery, welcome to the neighborhood!

For more smiles, please see my Yelp review on Suburbia.