Marina’s Café Del Rey has New Chef, New Menu and New Look

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Café Del Rey has been a Westside staple serving California cuisine than 27 years. The restaurant, known for its stellar sweeping Marina views, has recently hired a new chef, Job Carter; changed up the menu and undergone a major re-design.

The restaurant’s updated atmosphere includes a relaxing nautical color palette of white, green and trey-blue with amber circular leather booths. Also new is the huge high ceiling fireside lounge and bar housing a beautiful tiled dark oak bar, plush couches and a big fireplace.

New Executive Chef Carter has brought a fresh take to the mostly seafood menu. Standout appetizers include the hamachi tuna crudo with leek puree, pickled cauliflower, mushrooms, radish, pea and popcorn shoots and borage blossoms with a yuzu vinaigrette; tartare with a beautiful egg presentation; a lovely bouillabaisse with mussels, clams, prawns, potatoes, turnips and carrots in a clam cream broth; a delicious branzino with haricots verts, almonds and pickled red currants in an Amaretto-butter sauce; braised lamb with pappardelle pasta, wild mushrooms and peas and a standout Australian Wagyu New York Strip Steak with a bee pollen and green peppercorn crust. Sides include garlic herb mashed potatoes, truffle fries, carrots, asparagus, bacon glazed Brussels Sprouts and lobster mac and cheese.

Desserts are also terrific an d include a decadent Royal Chocolat with hazelnut dacquiise, praline and chocolate mousse; apricot pistachio cake; lemon basil macaroon cake; panna cotta; red wine poached pears; ice cream and sorbets.

Elegant Beverage Director Henry Marquis is on hand to guide guests on craft cocktail and wine selections.

The new updated Café Del Rey with Chef Carder’s delicious dishes, the comfortable chill vibe and beautiful views is well worth the drive to the Marina.

Café Del Rey is located at 4451 Admiralty Way in Marina del Rey. Reservations can be made at 310.823.6395. To learn more, visit their website at: https://cafedelreymarina.com/

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Shaena Engle
Shaena Engle is a food, lifestyle and travel writer for a variety of publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Pasadena magazine, AOL, The Daily Meal, The San Diego Union Tribune and PokerPro magazine. She has interviewed top chefs including Lidia Bastianich, Michael Chiarello, Hubert Keller, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Jose Andres, and many others. She has authored three books, The Cheap Bastard’s Guide to Las Vegas (Globe Pequot Press), The Best Places to Kiss in Southern California (Beginning Press, a romantic travel guide) and Silver Linings: Triumphs of The Chronically Ill and Physically Challenged (Prometheus Books).  She is also an amateur magician and often writes on gambling, poker and magical happenings.  She also is a freelance consultant on restaurant, food, travel and hospitality public relations and marketing efforts.

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