Reed's Restaurant

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My cousin Donna

Reed’s is Zaggat rated restaurant serving French Mediterranean cuisine in the Manhattan Beach area.  The website says it is an upscale and fine dining establishment but they were happy to accommodate casually dressed me and my cousin.  In fact our hostess, whom I believe was also the owner, recognized my cousin from the night before.  We went in the early evening so the place was practically empty aside from an elderly gentleman who seemed to be regular patron of Reed’s Restaurant. 

As our first course, my cousin and I both ordered the Lobster Bisque with Croutons and Crème Fraiche.  The bisque was creamy and salty and very comforting. 

The next appetizer we ordered was the Escargot with a Traditional French Garlic Butter Sauce.

Lobster Bisque with Croutons and Crème Fraiche
  I cannot reiterate enough how just about anything cooked in garlic and butter has to taste good.  These snails were served in shell.  When the plate came out, I had flashes of Julia Roberts in the movie “Pretty Woman” when she inadvertently sent a snail flying across the room.  In my attempt NOT to have a Julia Roberts moment, it took me about five minutes to fish the escargot out of its home but what a reward, the escargot tasted so yummy! 

For my entrĂ©e, I ordered the Sand Dabs with Lemon Butter Caper Sauce and served with roasted potatoes, sautĂ©ed spinach, and fresh carrot garnish.  I had never had a sand dab before so I figured why not.  Apparently, a sand dab is an edible flatfish.  And it sure tasted GOOD!  Although the fish was slightly over battered, the flesh of the fish was moist and tender with a consistency reminiscent of halibut cheeks.

Escargot with a Traditional French Garlic Butter Sauce
  Anyways, the sauce was the pièce de rĂ©sistance…a perfect blend of tangy lemon, briny capers, and creamy butter!

My cousin was at a cross roads.  She loved the Duck Linguine in a Garlic, and Chardonnay Mushroom Cream Sauce that she ate the night before and she was tempted to order it again.  But in the end she opted to try something else on the menu and she order the Ossobucco or Veal Shank in a Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce.  I tasted a bit of it and the veal had a very strong rosemary flavor that was mellowed out by the sauce.  It tasted good too but I liked my fish dish better. 

For dessert, my cousin ordered the carrot cake while I ordered the tarte tatin a la mode.  The carrot cake consisted of 6 layers of cake frosted with a very sweet cream cheese frosting.  It was very decadent but I am not a big fan of raisins.  My tarte tatin a la mode was a fitting finale.  The tart itself was not too sweet but when paired with the vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce it was yummy!

I will definitely go back to Reed’s when I get a hunger for French food when I am in Manhattan Beach!


mellemel8 says:
hahahah "slippery little suckers" this place sounds heavenly :)
Posted on: Nov 13, 2007
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My cousin Donna
My cousin Donna
Lobster Bisque with Croutons and C…
Lobster Bisque with Croutons and …
Escargot with a Traditional French…
Escargot with a Traditional Frenc…
Me trying not to have a Julia Robe…
Me trying not to have a Julia Rob…
Sand Dabs with Lemon Butter Caper …
Sand Dabs with Lemon Butter Caper…
Carrot Cake
Carrot Cake
Tarte Tatin A La Mode
Tarte Tatin A La Mode
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