Sometimes, great discoveries happen completely by accident. Quite some time ago, a friend of mine and I were hanging out in Manhattan Beach and discovered this great Chinese Bistro and on a whim decided to try it.
He treated me to an amazing lunch here and of course I have been back numerous times since that initial discovery and the food here never disappoints. I went here with one of my sister friends and we had an amazing feast of delights from the menu on a beautiful sunny day and enjoyed our meal Al Fresco. The vibe here is very casual and perfect for dropping in after a day of shopping or hanging at the beach.
We started with the delicious complimentary crunchy won tons and sweet and sour dipping sauce
Al Fresco dining is perfect on the sunny bright and airy patio
The passion fruit lemonade was a great complement to the sweet, salty and spicy flavor notes in the different dishes we had
This hot and filling won ton soup could have been
a meal all on its own
The Chopped Garden Salad was full of fresh vegetables and had a great flavor.The grilled Tofu, Kale, Broccoli Florets, cranberries, cashews, organic greens, green apple and Miso Vinaigrette was a definite flavor explosion
Orange chicken is one of my favorite dishes to order and this was one of the most flavorful I have had outside of the restaurants I frequent in China Town. It was sweet, tangy and had just the right amount of spice and heat.
The Mongolian Beef was spicy, tender and full of flavor.
I don't think any meal at a Chinese restaurant is complete without fried rice or Chow Mein and usually I have both, but we chose to just go with rice and it was perfect with the two meat dishes and the salad
The China Grill Contemporary Bistro is great for a casual lunch or dinner and in close proximity to the beach for a nice stroll to enjoy the ocean breezes after your meal. The vibe is causal and you can always get a table right away, which is always a plus in my book. The prices are very economical and you get a great value for what you pay.
China Grill Contemporary Bistro
3282 North Sepulveda Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266