If seafood is your jam, then you are going to love, love, love these gourmet platters that serve up the best seafood in Southern California. Here are our picks for the five places you must try immediately (if not sooner).
There are three amazing platters available at David Lefevre’s Fishing With Dynamite. The S.S. Minnow (cute!) comes with four oysters, two clams, four shrimp, six mussels and a 1/2 lobster; The Queen Mary with nine oysters, eight shrimp, four clams, ten mussels, a 1/2 lobster and 3/4 pounds of king crab legs; and finally, The Mothershucker, 15 oysters, six clams, 16 shrimp, 20 mussels, one whole lobster and 11/2 pounds of king crab legs.
Fishing With Dynamite, 1148 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, (310) 893-6299
Enjoy the bespoke mother of all seafood towers (it’s $500) at Mastro’s Ocean Club in Malibu. You’ll have your pick of items like oysters on the half shell, chilled Alaska king crab legs, Alaska king crab claws, ahi tuna, caviar and smoked salmon.
Mastro’s Ocean Club, 18412 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, (310) 454-4357
There are a plethora of different options at downtown’s Water Grill in all different shapes and sizes. The Grand serves 1-2, while The Deluxe serves 3-4 and finally, The King serves 5-7. Take your pick of fresh fare like wild jumbo Mexican shrimp, Channel Island red sea urchin, farmed Prince Edward Island mussels and wild local Red Rock sea crab.
Water Grill, 544 Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, (213) 891-0900
There are a variety of seafood platter items available from the fresh Kaisen market, but our pick would be for The Chaya: four Shigoku oysters, four Fanny Bay oysters, four Pacific oysters, four Hokkaido shrimp, four Baja tiger shrimp, halibut ceviche, ahi poke, one Alaskan king crab leg and 1/2 of a Maine lobster.
Chaya downtown, 525 S. Flower St, Los Angeles, (213) 236-9577
Take your pick from a one-tier, two-tier or three-tier seafood platter (otherwise known as The Hungry Cat) at one of David Lentz’s two L.A. eateries. You’ll find items like oysters, littleneck and cherrystone clams, Maine lobster, green mussels, Jonah crab claws and jumbo shrimp on the menu.
The Hungry Cat, 1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, (323) 462-2155