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One of my all-time favorite Cuban restaurants in southern California is Versailles. They have several locations, including Encino, Culver City, Los Angeles, and Manhattan Beach. Previously, I’ve only been to the Culver City and Los Angeles locations which both emitted the homey hole-in-the-wall feel.
During my last trip to southern California, I decided to stop by the Manhattan Beach location since my boyfriend has never had a taste of Versailles, and we wanted to go to the beach. So off we went in swim gear covered by shorts and tank tops. The Versailles in Manhattan Beach is unlike the others I’ve been to, much classier. I’m not sure if it’s because it was recently redecorated, or if it’s just a newer location than the others. Personally, I enjoyed the hole-in-the-wall feel much more.
The food is still pretty good. They start you off with an awesomely over-the-top-buttered bread. If you’re watching your weight, don’t…..for at least the one minute it takes to eat this bread. You can always go to the beach to play volleyball or surf or whatever afterwards if you’re feeling guilty.
For entrees, I ordered the Halibut Lunch Special, which had a citrus-y and also heavily buttered taste. This was my first time trying the dish, and I enjoyed it enough to order it again in the future. I was in luck since they made a mistake and gave me a full dinner portion even though I ordered the smaller lunch size. The plantains have never disappointed me at Versailles. They’re not too oily, and their sweetness adds depth to a savory dish. I topped my rice with black beans served separately.
My boyfriend ordered their signature dish, which is a combination of their “famous” chicken and pork chop with rice and plantains or french fries. The pork that day was really sour, but the other times I’ve ordered the dish the pork was pretty decent. The chicken can be a little dry at times, but it has good flavor. The dish is served with garlic sauce and raw onions so make sure you’re a fan of the pungent sort if you decide to order this.
On past visits to Versailles’ other locales, I’ve also tried their Ropa Veija which I didn’t see on their menu during my last visit. Too bad because it was one of their better dishes. Their Avocado Salad is just sliced avocados with raw onions, very simple and nothing spectacular as there’s no dressing or even seasoning
The interior of My Ivy was relatively nice. It was definitely a boost from the old Thai restaurant that was here before. I don’t remember the name of the old establishment, but the terrible food sure left an impression to never go back. I succumbed once the restaurant was revamped by a new owner. The old restaurant felt stuffy and drab, but My Ivy feels airy and modern. I especially liked the interesting chandeliers although the picture I took doesn’t do it justice. I believe that’s the owner in the back left with her hair up in a bun (don’t quote me, though). I complimented her on the vast improvement of her restaurant compared to the old one before we left, but she was kind of blaze about it.
The Thai Iced Coffee was refreshing. My boyfriend who lacks esthetic appreciation and style even commented on how he liked the overlapped placement of the square dishes. Looks good to me!
The Crispy Tofu Salad dish was excellent! The best I’ve had even. There was plenty of crispy tofu and the vinaigrette was fabulous with a perfect balance of tang and fish sauce. The picture is just of the portion (first of three!) I had on my plate. It was a lot of salad. My boyfriend and I even had leftovers to bring home to his sister who was waiting for her take-out Pad Thai. His sister thought the salad left a funny aftertaste in her mouth, but I didn’t notice.
The curry dish was a disappointment. The curry itself was pretty good, but the beef was hard to chew (way too tough!). I won’t order this again.
The BBQ Pork was very tender and there was a lot of it. The sauce in the back is sweet, sour, and a little bit spicy and complimented the pork really well. The only complaint is the egg fried rice didn’t have large pieces of egg in it although it tasted like egg. Overall, a good dish.
I went to My Ivy a second time just yesterday for a friend’s birthday. I ordered the Drunken Noodles (Pad Kee Maow) this time and it was delicious although a teeny bit too salty. The friends next to me ordered Salmon Basil and Pineapple and Lychee Prawns. The Salmon Basil seemed a little dry but that’s typically how Asians cook their salmon. I would say the Pineapple and Lychee Prawns were actually shrimp because they were pretty tiny. The lychee intermixed with the pineapple and shrimp in the curry was surprising. I didn’t taste either of my friends’ dishes so I can’t relay any information in that aspect. The service was really slow and one of the waitresses kept bringing wrong dishes to our table which got kind of annoying at the end. Sorry, no pictures from my second visit!