I am very lucky to be surrounded by all sorts of amazing restaurants in Los Angeles! My friend Alissa recently introduced me to this yummy seafood restaurant King's Fish House in Calabasas...land of collagen injected housewives, legions of Range Rovers and everyone's favorite family, the Kardashians...(I feel another Bravo housewives spin-off coming on...!)
The food at King's reminds me of coastal cuisine in Louisiana...fresh and full-flavored with a little kick...and I'm the kind of person that appreciates well-seasoned food so this was right up my alley. I was trying to decide between ordering the N’awlins BBQ Shrimp or the Coconut Mexican Shrimp...both sounded equally unique and delicious. I was so torn that I had to ask our waiter which of the two he would choose and he was adamant that the N’awlins BBQ Shrimp was one of his absolute favorites AND one of the most ordered items on the menu (HELLO that's like both A and B from the "The Art of Ordering"...I would be a moron not to order it!)
The waiter was 100% right because that N’awlins BBQ Shrimp makes my mouth water just thinking about it now...I mean w o w! Talk about well-paired ingredients! The dish looks simple but doesn't taste it...a bunch of jumbo shrimp, grilled tomato, bell peppers, lemon and green onion are thrown together in a skillet and covered in this amazing bbq sauce...contrary to what I had envisioned, the bbq base is a lot more fluid than thick yet still manages to spread its spicy/sweet flavor to all elements of the dish. (I also love it when food is served in the vessel it was cooked in...even if it wasn't really cooked in that exact pan, I think serving it this way subconsciously makes the food seem more authentic.)
This entrée is traditionally served w/ rice, vegetables, and garlic bread...I passed on the rice to make the meal a bit lighter for lunch and considered switching out the garlic bread but SO glad that I decided to keep it because it's perfect for dunking into the bbq sauce or throwing one of the shrimp and some tomato on top of for a New Orleans twist on Bruschetta!
A little Gulf Coast flavor for all of us West-Coasters!
King's Fish House
4798 Commons Way Calabasas, CA 91302
(7 locations..and not only in California! There's also one in Tempe, AZ and another in Henderson, NV.)