Little more than a fish market with an outdoor dining patio tacked on, Malibu Seafood is a lowkey but idyllic spot to stop on California’s Pacific Coast Highway when you’re en route to the beach. Don’t let the diminutive size of this red-lacquered storefront fool you – the menu is an expansive offering of steamed shellfish, fish salads, fish sandwiches, fish tacos, grilled fish dinners…you get the gist. Order inside and then settle down for a tantalising wait on one of the long bench tables outside.
It’s hard to go wrong with any of the dishes, but the melting, perfectly seared ahi tuna (served with a choice of classic sides; coleslaw, baked potato, green salad etc.) makes for a particularly gratifying choice, as do the fish and chips, which are freshly fried and as aromatic as any I’ve whiffed on an English seaside pier. Then there’s the giant squid steak, which has the tenderised texture of grilled calamari but comes in a ribeye-sized portion. All sound like perfection? Yeah, it kinda is. And get this: it’s BYOB.