The hand model and I finally ventured out to Seal Beach to grab a bite at 320 Main restaurant. I've been wanting to come to this "New American Eatery" ever since I found out they made their own Ginger Beer – ironic, I know. That, coupled with OC Restaurant Week's 3-course prix fixe dinner for $30, which also included 25% off cocktails, seemed like a match made in heaven.
We were seated in a tufted leather booth overlooking the chefs cooking in the kitchen. It's a small space, but they offer a good seating variety from the bar to the patio, and dining room.
The service was very attentive and well-staffed. And, the food from Chef Jaime Carrano (formerly of Bouchon & Charlie Palmer) showcased great French technique and flavor.
- super refreshing, sweet 'n spicy, I wanted four more, Cablegram Classic Cocktail with Whiskey, fresh Lime Juice & House-Made Ginger Beer
- bitter, foamy, citrus 'n honey, The Detroiter Signature Cocktail with Cynar, Laird's Bonded Apple Brandy, Lemon, Honey & Stone IPA
- smooth, smokey 'n crunchy, Split Pea Veloute with Bacon Crouton, Chili Oil & Chives
- portion was a tease, dressing didn't overpower, tangy 'n tart, 320 Wedge with Chive Blue Cheese Mousse, Oven Dried Tomato & Bacon Lardon
- unfortunately our piece was un-chewable, but I couldn't get enough of the sides, 6 0z Hanger Steak with Fork Crushed Sunchokes, Broccolini & Mint Chimichurri
- perfect buttery sear, ballsy seafood/meat combo, vinegary lentils as good as Cobras & Matadors', Pan Seared Scottish Salmon with Beluga Lentils & Braised Short Rib
- a little too simple, delicate 'n salty, Parsnip Agnolotti with Wild Mushrooms, Wilted Spinach & Brown Butter
- floaty, foamy, citrus whipped, Meyer Lemon Semi Freddo with Toasted Almonds & Blueberry Gastrique
- too crisp for my liking with a charred edge, sweet 'n salty, Chocolate Bread Pudding Sundae with Banana Ice Cream & Salted Caramel
Ironically, the best dish was the one we had to substitute for our inedible Hangar Steak: the Pan Seared Salmon. Lucky for you, 320 Main offers a similar dish on their regular menu that's accompanied by a Sweet Onion & Apple Puree.
Also, make sure you order the Cablegram Cocktail. If you prefer a Kentucky Mule to a Moscow Mule (made with Bourbon instead of Vodka), don't even think about asking for one because the master mixologist behind the bar won't serve it. However, he will concoct something special for you instead.
320 Main has a lot more to come back for too, like Tiki Tuesdays, Wine Wednesdays, Prime Rib Thursdays, Sunday Brunch & Suppers, and Happy Hour.
320 Main, Seal Beach, CA 90740. 562-799-6246.