Saturday, July 15, 2017
The average temperature in Las Vegas has been all time high, recording three digits in several weeks. Today, we woke up and decided to be spontaneous to escape from this heat wave even for a few hours. Las Vegas’s hotels are famous for their gorgeous pools and brain-freezing cocktails, but what could be better than walking on a beach under warm California sun, feeling sea breeze in a hair? Especially, when your adventure involves amazing food, everything is perfect, right? Well, at least it makes 290-mile drive more enjoyable.
The restaurant we picked for a lunch was “Malibu Seafood Fresh Fish Market & Patio Cafe.” It is located on the world-famous Pacific Highway 1, about 15 miles from the Santa Monica Pier.
The restaurant was very easy to find with its colorful sign right on the Highway 1, however, parking was not. Free parking spaces around the restaurant seemed to accommodate about 30-40 cars, but we could not find any space even though we arrived there during non-peak time around 3pm. Some cars were even double-parked. Luckily we found a space on the side of the road.
According to some research we did on Yelp, there would be a waiting line regardless of the time of visit, and yes. Today was not an exception. Even when we were waiting in line, people just kept coming in. However, don’t worry! The line moves very fast and the sound of waves will make the waiting very pleasant. Also, there are two huge menus posted outside for you to think about what to order.
Inside, they had displayed window of fish and other side items, such as salad and sauces. This was very helpful for us to confirm our decision before ordering our choices, Ahi Tuna and Large Shrimp. Each dish came with a choice of two sides as well.
Since there were no tables inside the restaurant, we found a wooden table outside. We waited about 10 minutes, and the buzzer went off. The portion was perfect. If you are an average person like me, you won’t walk away feeling either too full or hungry. We ordered Ahi Tuna between seared and medium. The fish was buttery and fresh. It was grilled without any seasoning, so we were able to enjoy the simple taste of tuna. The shrimp dish came with three skewers, 5 shrimps on each skewer. The side items we chose, rice pilaf and coleslaw, got along very well with the grilled shrimps with garlic salt.
After the very satisfying lunch, we sat on the beach and watched the Pacific ocean until the Sunset. It was time for us to go home, driving long miles back to Las Vegas.
For more information, here is the website of Malibu Seafood