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Chef Philip Pretty

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By Colleen Dunn Bates | Photos by Vanessa Stump

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.

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Chef Philip Pretty on the SoCal Restaurant Show

SoCal Restaurant Show: Show 166, April 2, 2016 featuring Chef Philip Pretty, Restauration, Long Beach.

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Chef Philip Pretty- Restauration

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.

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