Summer’s right around the corner and if you’re ready to spend the majority of your days on the sand facing the water, then you’re not alone. In fact, I along with many others are eagerly waiting for the time to arrive. As the temperature grows from warm to scorching here in Los Angeles, the amount of people flocking to beach cities will be by the multitudes. If your plans, whether summer or not, will lead you to Marina Del Rey then make sure you include Killer Shrimp during your day.
The restaurant sits with the bluest water adjacent to it. It may not the beach exactly, but it does serve for a beautiful view. Perfect for the weather upon us and that to come, the glistening water with boats left and right isn’t the best part of Killer Shrimp as you might think. Instead, it’s the food that’s listed on the menu that comes out of the kitchen. While I’ve been to the sister restaurant, Killer Café, I was excited to return to visit this side of the duo. Sitting with the water and the boats beside me, I quickly ordered.
I started with a cocktail. The Shrimp Killa ($12) featured Atlantic Reserve Rum mixed with coconut cream, pineapple juice, and freshly grated nutmeg. The drink was incredibly light while being creamy and had such a nice fruity taste. It was easy to drink and the glass holding it all only made it a fun way to start the lunch.
In between sips of the Shrimp Killa I had a few plates to explore. The first was the Lobster Mac n’ Cheese ($14). Large pasta shells were submerged in cheese and sprinkled with thick cuts of lobster. The minute I placed my spoon in the bowl to get a taste of it all it felt as if the single utensil would be taken down by it. Not that I’m complaining, but eating with my hands may be frowned upon. As I pulled my spoon out from the gooey cheese and got a taste of it all, I thoroughly loved it. It was the definition of comfort food and was completely filling. Being somewhat full didn’t stop me from trying the next plate.
After the mac n’ cheese I had the Killer Crab Claws ($24). While I thought the mac n’ cheese was my favorite these claws took the number one spot instantly. Snow crabs were drizzled with butter, lemon, and rosemary and tossed in the secret Killer Shrimp spices. I begged the staff to tell me what made the secret spice, but my pleas fell on deaf ears which was understandable. Once I let that dream go I moved on to the claws. They were so flavorful without being overwhelming or coming off as if the chef was forcing taste. They were savory, lightly salted, and the meat was incredibly fresh and tender. This plate disappeared quickly and I contemplated ordering another until I realized I had another plate.
The final plate was the Lobster and Shrimp Enchiladas ($27). The plate served a pair of lobster and shrimp enchiladas and topped with pico de gallo and cilantro cream sauce. Paired with black beans and ginger rice, the entree was delicious yet pricey. The enchiladas were a nice size, full of flavor, and packed with seafood. Smearing the pico de gallo and cilantro over them added a nice creamy texture and point of vibrancy to it all. The addition of the almost weightless rice and the rich beans brought it all together.
Once I finished the lunch I was so pleased with the flavor and the taste of the plates I had. They were delicious, came with a view, and would be a great way to ring in summer. Until then, I have no problem coming back to the restaurant to enjoy more plates in preparation for the days I’ll spend on the beach.
- Food tastes great
- Nice location
- Plenty of parking
- Can be pricey