We went to Shutters, a posh beach hotel and bar in Santa Monica, the other day for lunch at their reputable restaurant. I have been to the bar before and they do have exceptional cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Lunch was a Gilt City special that included an appetizer, two entrees, and a dessert. Jonathan bought the voucher because he knows I have talked about going there with my cousin for drinks many times. The bar balcony is quite the choice spot for having an afternoon drink and gazing at the ocean.
So lunch started off with a salmon crudo appetizer that had a really lovely presentation and nice flavor combination. The crudo came in small slices of salmon with a slice of fig, pickled onion, and bread crisp. I always love crudo as a starter because it’s light, delicious, and cuts the appetite just enough that you’re not anxiously awaiting your meal. The combination of the fig, onion, and crisp with salmon added just enough interest to the dish without being overwhelming. We also received a basket of fresh, soft bread with a plate of sea salt and cracked pepper butter that was ridiculously addictive. I mean butter and bread is already unbeatably satisfying, yet simple, but the rocky sea salt and big black pepper flakes made it exceptionally savory.
For the entrees we of course both had the dry-aged burger with roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions, truffle pecorino cheese, and fries. I have such a weak spot for burgers and anything with the word truffle in the ingredients. There was nothing terribly unique or different about this burger, but it was delicious nonetheless and expertly cooked. The fries served in a brown paper cone and tin bucket with a parsley garnish were also nothing surprising, but it’s forever the faithful companion to a nice juicy burger, and while they were certainly not the best ones I have ever they were still perfectly tasty. It is hard to mess up salted fried potato.
The dessert I actually hardly remember because we were so full by that point that we struggled through whatever it was, a gooey chocolate thing I believe. I’m sure it was good, I just don’t really remember.
Over all it was a perfectly lovely lunch, and I would go back again, because I love Shutters. It has a very East Coast beachside décor and vibe, and the people-watching is quite good because it is such a well known upscale Santa Monica spot that it attracts an assortment of LA locals and travelers.
Shutters on the beach
One Pico Restaurant
Lunch Monday-Saturday 11:30am – 2:30pm
Sunday Brunch 11:00am – 3:00pm
Nightly Dinner 6:00pm – 10:00pm