Food Porn Friday | Red Table | Huntington Beach

Friday, March 01, 2013


I first found this restaurant through my clients while designing their Huntington Harbour home. Industrial chic design located in a forgotten corner of a Trader Joe’s strip mall, Red Table’s got every element of a trendy/hipster dining establishment: Tufted banquettes, distressed wood tables, and plenty of pretty long-limbed PCH locals for days. 

Red Table is a total gem of a find, especially in these surf-and-sand parts where typical bar/restaurant concepts cater to t-shirts and sandals. Thank god someone’s paying attention to us burgeoning suburban yuppies ;D

Here’s what’s on the menu today my loves:

BOMB.COM Grilled Pork Belly (above) served with soy vinegar, pickled ginger and herb spice. The crispiest, crunchiest most savory pork belly in ALL of the land! One bite into the crackling layer of fat and you’ll wish you were instantly transported to hog heaven! Such a relieving respite from all the poor man’s bacon I’ve been drowning in at last week’s venue seen HERE. This is high class hog at its finest- Would I ever steer you wrong??

Roasted Beets with peppered feta, oil, vinegar, and micro greens. The more I eat beets, the more I crave it during meals. I love the mix of red and golden varieties, a bit of tart, a bit of sweet and tempered with the punch of spicy feta. A feast for all your vegetarian senses!

Barbacoa slow-cooked beef tacos with micro greens and fire roasted salsa. Heavy-handed sauce makes for soggy tacos. The flavor of the barbacoa’s really right on; however the filling couldn’t hold up as the wrap ripped right in my hands. A for effort!

Southern sweet potato fries with bacon chive aioli. Get a bunch of girls at the table and all we want to order are fries!!! One of 5 amazingly varied varieties, I love that the creamy sauce holds chunks of bacon and chives. Tastes like a loaded baked sweet potato but dressed up in hoity-toity heels! LlalalaLOVE!

Bollywood fries with madras curry dust and secret sauce. The secret sauce tastes just like Peruvian Aji Verde green chili sauce that they serve to spread on bread. So dang delish especially with that spicy kick that lingers for days….

Tahini Chicken Salad with romaine hearts, cracked wheat, parsley, tomato, onion, and tahini dressing. My first dish ever at Red Table for lunch and this salad alone had me begging for more scrumptious eats from the chef. Light and refreshing, I love my salads stocked with high protein. Savory and sophisticated, the tahini is really the star with its nutty flavors and creamy texture. AMAZEBALLZ!!!

Grilled Prawn flatbread with crushed sweet tomatoes, green onions, and fresh cheese in a spicy red sauce. My least favorite dish of the night. Blah and bland, the prawns tasted like they were blanched not grilled. Completely lackluster sauce on soggy bread- pass!

Winemaker Burger with ground steak, shaved sweet onion, arugula, bacon, and aged cheddar. Just lookather: I’m sorry but Slaters coulduse a clue! They had me at aged cheddar: sharp and scrumptious, melted perfection! My burger pet peeve: solid cheese slices even after the meltdown- ugh!!!

Not your Mom’s Deviled Eggs with spicy tomato sauce. I’m NOT a fan of deviled eggs since I prefer my eggs without the yolk, but their version is quite interesting with all the different textures involved. Soft on the outside with crispy bacon bits for added crunch, I’d take a mental note of all the components and try serving this dish for my next potluck. Gorgeous presentation as the added bonus.

Salmon a la Plancha- whole grain mustard vinaigrette with seasonal vegetables, fingerling potatoes, and chives. Perfectly pink-centered salmon with an array of various veggies and my personal fave: string beans! I’m a mustard freak and can never resist a good vinaigrette reduction. Tangy with a tint of soy, the sauce results of a very skilled hand.

Seafood medley stew with halibut fish balls, mussels, and clams with fresh arugula in a spicy Mediterranean tomato soup base. Have you ever seen anything like it??? Almost like a cross between French bouillabaisse and Matzo ball soup, the packed halibut spheres are dense and flavorful; not the best looking ball on the block but tastes better than it looks so I’m a fan!

"Relax. Eat. Drink."
16821 Algonquin
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
(714) 846-4700

*Insider’s tip: Red Table’s gastrobar concept features domestic and international craft beers, exotic wines, and imported soju. Don’t expect to come finding a fully stocked bar, as they have yet to obtain a liquor license, nor do they plan to. I love that Chef Louie Jocson’s held onto some of his Asian roots as a handful of specialty dishes feature such touches of soy and miso, ginger and wasabi. If this is the future of Orange County gastropubs consider me SOLD hunnies!*

Hope your weekend’s filled with great company and good eats!!!

Bon appétit mes amis!

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5 comments

  1. The presentation of these dishes is amazing! Everything definitely looks great....especially that burger!
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  2. oh def checking this place out soon!! thanks for the post hun xo

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  3. humm so that looks so yummy
    nice food presentation
    kisses

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  4. I made sure I was eating this time so I don't die of starvation while going through your blog lol :)

    ..The plate of fries? <3 mmmmmmm! I'm only craving sweet potato fries now :)

    xo
    Maggie A
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  5. Diane M. - H.B.April 18, 2013 5:54 PM

    I was turned on to Red Table by friends. One in particular raved about the beet salad. I told her I HATED beets...she said she didn't really care for them either...until she tried their Beet Salad. I decided to give it a try this afternoon. OMG...this salad is to die for. I can't believe I ate beets and loved them. This salad is sweet and savory at the same time. I'll definitely be eating here and trying all their dishes!

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Give it to me...gimme that funk, that sweet, that gushy stuff

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