- Oct 31, 2016
- Jun 07, 2016
Customers at Restauration restaurant are ordering with their smart phones. In the restaurant.
“It just started in the last six months,” owner Dana Richardson said. “They’re getting pictures from social media and showing it to staff, saying, ‘I want that.’ The only drawback is because we’re constantly altering our menu to reflect seasonal ingredients, the picture might be of something we’ve taken off the menu.”
Also new is the covering over one of the nicest patios in the city. It’s still open air and there’s no longer that direct sun to deal with.
It’s a dog friendly patio with benches along two of the walls, a wood burning oven and numerous planters where fresh produce are grown and harvested to use in the food.
Read the full article on the Grunion Gazette.
- Jun 07, 2016
Published May 2016
Philip Pretty is one of the best chefs you never heard of in L.A., quietly cooking exceptional food at Fundamental in Westwood. A Long Beach native, Pretty jumped at the chance to work near home when he got an offer to partner with Dana and Rob Robertson, owners of Retro Row’s Restauration. And Long Beach’s culinary scene is very much the better for it.
Pretty is committed to sustainability, growing some of his produce in the wall garden lining the patio dining area, procuring as many organic, local ingredients as possible, and creating lots of beautiful plant-based dishes, from the cauliflower steak to the excellent Farmlot 59 salad. His lack of pretension is particularly refreshing. Sure, he can fancy it up, as he does with the lovely and superbly flavorful composition of asparagus, leeks, Burrata, hard-boiled egg, walnut pesto, and a sherry-bacon dressing. But he’s equally committed to doing a good job with the simple pleasures: a burger (beef or falafel), a pizza (meatball or rapini), a market-vegetable omelet for brunch. He doesn’t always nail it—I was very disappointed in a bland gnocchi with mushrooms and Parmesan one night—but most of his menu is terrific, the sort of cooking that had me wishing I lived within walking distance.
Read the full article on AAA Westways.
- Jun 07, 2016
A Long Beach native, Chef Pretty has traveled around Los Angeles for the last nine years serving as executive chef in notable kitchens, including fundamentalLA and AXE. He also served as Chef de Cuisine with Gordon Ramsey at The London and Sous Chef at Joe’s in Venice.
At Restauration, Chef Pretty continues to create unique comfort food cuisine using only the freshest ingredients with local farm lots, farmer’s markets and other local purveyors.
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- Apr 11, 2016
SoCal Restaurant Show: Show 166, April 2, 2016 featuring Chef Philip Pretty, Restauration, Long Beach.
DINE LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week is April 23 to May 1, 2016. Experience cuisine that delights the palate and defines the art of dining in Long Beach. Held annually, DINE LBC features value-oriented three-course menus from dozens of Long Beach’s best restaurants in twelve unique neighborhoods throughout the city.
“What’s old is new again. Restauration is a combination of two of our favorite words that are defining pillars of the Long Beach community: restaurant+restore. Situated in the vibrant and creative stretch on 4th street between Cherry and Temple dubbed Retro Row, our little eatery brings the Long Beach family together to pay tribute to the American culinary spirit while embracing modern fare.”
“Menus for Restauration are locally sourced and responsibly grown, using seasonal ingredients based on the abundant bounty available on the Southern and Central Coast. Many options are served family style intended for sharing. Our beer offerings feature craft beer on draft and in large bottles from all over the world. The comprehensive wine list highlights small producers from California and other unique wine growing regions from afar.”
The newly arrived Chef Pretty has substantial cooking credentials. He was the chef de cuisine for 3 years for Gordon Ramsay at the London Hotel in West Hollywood during the period Chef Ramsay was actually actively involved in the restaurant. He’s also spent time in the kitchens of the fondly-remembered SONA and Providence.
A prominent feature of the restaurant’s dog-friendly patio is the wood-burning oven. The signature dish from there is the Wood Grilled Spanish Octopus with marble potato, celery heart, almonds and Caesar dressing.
- Feb 17, 2016
Loving this Q & A with Chef Philip for the upcoming Fresh Toast event at Newport Dunes in a week! Click here to view part one and two of the article on ocweekly.com
- Dec 09, 2015
The news is out there! Check out the post from Eater LA here!
- Nov 11, 2015
Thanks for the great shots and the shout out! We are glad we hit a home run and you appreciate what we offer!
- Aug 03, 2015