This morning, Beachside Restaurant and Bar affixed its new sign onto the facade of the Jamaica Bay Inn in Marina del Rey. Occasional visitors to the Marina may experience a bit of déjà vu though, as Beachside Restaurant and Bar was the original restaurant inside the seaside inn when it first opened years ago. After extensive renovations were made in late 2010, V?, a much more avant-garde restaurant, took Beachside's place. Over the past couple of years, V? seems to have struggled to attract guests with its molecular approach to cuisine. It wasn't long before Jamaica Bay Inn reps confirmed the impending change: Beachside Restaurant was coming back.
The new Beachside Restaurant and Bar looks a lot like V? on the inside; only minimal interior decor changes were made. Instead, the Jamaica Bay Inn team seems to have left major conceptual changes to Chef Allyson Thurber. With a background that includes stints at The Lobster and Water Grill, Thurber is no stranger to seafood. She's created a dinner menu of sophisticated, casual fare including sea scallops with roasted potatoes and sweet corn and shrimp tarragon sauce; Maryland Blue Crab cakes with citrus habanero sour cream and sweet corn salad; and seared Albacore sashimi with marinated sweet onion, Tobiko wasabi and sesame chili aioli. Burgers, fries, sandwiches, salads and soups are also on the daily lunch and dinner menus.
Breakfast options are typical for a hotel restaurant: oatmeal, eggs, bagels, lox and French toast cover all the major bases. Happy hour happens from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. and dishes and drinks range in price from $3 to $6. The restaurant is open Monday through Friday for breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner. Saturday and Sunday, Beachside serves brunch from 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
·Name Changers [~ELA~]
·Vu Opening at Jamaica Bay Inn, Tender Greens Expands to Santa Monica [~ELA~]