Hello Dine LA 2022 wrap up!

Hello Dine LA 2022 wrap up!

Dine LA just wrapped up this past week and I had an awesome time trying out several restaurants that participated. For this Dine LA; I chose to support three local eateries in the South Bay. In this blog post; I wanted to highlight some of my favorite plates from their Dine LA offerings.

21 Square Bar and Grill

21 Square Bar and Grill is located at the Torrance Marriott. I had first visited this restaurant for a Yelp Elite Event. I have since visited this place for different occasions and was happy to see they were participating in Dine LA this year.

Their Dine LA lunch menu was $35 and was a three course with appetizer, entree and dessert.

I really enjoyed the Adobo Braised Lamb Shank entree I got from here. The Adobo Braised Lamb shank was on top of creamy mascarpone polenta and topped with crispy shallots and cilantro. The entree was full of flavor. The lamb was tender and juicy. I loved the soft polenta. It simply melted in the mouth. I also loved the crispy shallots and how it added that crunch texture to the dish.

Nomad Eatery

Nomad Eatery is a restaurant in El Segundo, California that offers a mix of Mediterranean, Southeast Asia and Latin American dishes. I had visited this restaurant before when it was Jackson’s Food and Wine but ever since they changed their concept to Nomad; I had yet to check this place out. Dine LA was the perfect time to try.

Their Dine LA lunch menu was $15 and consisted of a starter and an entree.

My favorite from this Dine LA offering was their Nomad Hummus. Their hummus had crunchy garbanzos, lemon, garlic and zhoung. It was accompanied with flatbread. The hummus was perfectly creamy and had a slight spicy zest. I loved spreading it on the flatbread. Light and flavorful; this was a great starter.

Sausal

Sausal is a Mexican restaurant located in downtown El Segundo, California. I had first visited this restaurant years back and also for Dine LA. I definitely was impressed with that visit and thus was excited to check them out for Dine LA again.

Their Dine LA lunch offering was $15 and consisted of a soup, salad, a drink and a taco.

I chose to get the Beef Barbacoa tacos and really enjoyed the tender, flavorful beef. The beef had the perfect mix of dried chilies and spices. The taco was accompanied with flavorful charred tomato salsa. Putting this salsa on the taco. enhanced the flavors even more. The taco paired very well with their refreshing pineapple agua fresca.

I really enjoyed the local eateries I checked out for Dine LA. I love supporting local! The South Bay definitely has some good places and I definitely love being able to try out different cuisines right in my neighborhood! Dine LA or not; I definitely see myself checkout these restaurants for other dishes in the future.

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Hello dineLA at Copper Pot Indian Grill and Cafe!

Hello dineLA at Copper Pot Indian Grill and Cafe!

Indian cuisine is definitely one of my favorite types of cuisines in the world. I am always on the lookout for a good place for some Indian food and just this past week I discovered a new Indian food in Redondo Beach; thanks to dineLA! Copper Pot Indian Grill and Cafe just opened this past 2021 and has a variety of different dishes and drinks from North and South India. The dineLA offering that they had this past week allowed me to try several different things from the menu.

Their dineLA offering consisted of getting soup, bread, entree and a drink.

For the soup; I tried the Mulligatawny Soup while my mom tried the Crab Laksa. It was my first time ever to try Mulligatawny soup and I instantly became a fan of this soup. It has a bit of curry along with coconut flavoring and then is topped off with fried shallots. I loved the overall creaminess of this soup.

I also got to try a little bit of the Crab Laksa. It’s a Anglo-Indian lentil broth, served with a dollop of yogurt. This one is similar to the Mulligatawny soup in terms of creaminess. I thought it also had a slight coconut flavor. The main difference is the touch of crab. It definitely has that seafood after taste.

Accompanying our soup and entrees were Garlic Naan and Butter Naan bread. Copper Pot serves their breads fresh from the oven and piping hot! It’s perfect for dipping.

For our entrees; we got the Chicken Tikka Masala and the Andhra Chicken Curry. The Chicken Tikka Masala at Copper Pot is excellent. I loved how the dish was filled with a lot boneless marinated chicken pieces in buttery, creamy sauce. It was so perfect with basmati rice as well as the naan bread. I loved the mild and nutty flavor of their Chicken Tikka Masala.

The Andhra Chicken Curry had a bit more fiery and spicy kick to it. If you like spice; this dish is for you. This curry is a bit different as it has  special blend masala from Andhra region of India. The freshly roasted spices blended with the chicken produced quite a unique taste in this curry.

I also got to enjoyed Mango Lassi here and it was one sweet and tasty drink!

I am definitely happy to have another great place for Indian food in the South Bay! स्वादिष्ट!

For more smiles; please see my Yelp review on Copper Pot Indian Grill and Cafe.