Santa Monica and Southern California in general are places where frankly the first go-to meal thought is often fish, veggies and a cold drink with ice. Steakhouse is not a first consideration, let’s be honest. And yet, there is a fantastic variety of cuisine in the golden state offering all possibilities for the adventurous palate.
Case in point, BOA STEAKHOUSE in Santa Monica. This restaurant has been around for a decade but continues to be at the forefront of food and wine innovation. In fact, the Innovative Dining Group are behind not only BOA but many of the most exciting dining experiences in the city including Sushi Roku and Katana in Hollywood. What BOA keeps on delivering in the midst of our hyper kinetic world is a service group that understands what they are serving and can discuss the menu and wine list with confidence, something sorely lacking in so many establishments today.
For the traveller or local who is looking for an evening of variation let’s start with a baklava of pistachio, honey and goat cheese. Pair this with a simple Proseco and you have started the meal in the best possible position. You could even lift off with either of the tartare options, tuna or prime steak, both offer loads of flavor to get the taste buds moving.
BOA has surf and it has turf. The restaurant gives any diner a chance to mix it up with friends and order both for a fuller experience. 40-year-old dry aged New York strip, bone-in Kansas City filet mignon each have a siren song for the meat-lover, but Japanese Wagyu and New Zealand lamb chops tempt a different road that will not disappoint. All turf has a choice of rub and sauce to finish the dish.
On the surf side, BOA has all the best-loved fish choices, including lobster, Chilean sea bass and jumbo sea scallops. The sides to each dish are generous and flavorful including truffle parmesan cauliflower, broccolini, and sautéed spinach. Signature sides run completely to comfort with mac-n-cheese that melts on the mouth and crab & black truffle gnocchi.
Where does all this leave us? Needing to find some room for dessert, that’s where. Vanilla bean ice cream paired with large homemade chocolate chip/walnut cookies with a side of fresh hot fudge to dip. This would take some serious discipline not to blow off the diet and dip into this divine pot of chocolate.
The view from the restaurant has not yet been addressed but in simple terms, you are across the street from a sun setting over the ocean.
The next reservation to make is BOA in Santa Monica. This will be a night to savor.