When else can I have a weekday dinner in Hermosa than during unemployment? Especially a dinner that starts at 6 PM. I met up with Chris and Cristina to try this popular Hermosa Beach eatery and it wound up being a very satisfying meal.
First up we had the little Brazilian biscuits known as pao de queijo. The cheesy puffs weren’t too cheesy and came with a delicious spice honey butter.
Next up was the beautiful charcuterie board which tasted as great as it looked. There were shafts bleu, garrotxa, St. Andre cheeses and a selection of angel salumis: berkshire lomo, salami nostrano, speck, duck salami. This should be a must order.
Then we had our escargot poppers. The flaky biscuits that housed the poppers were fairly light, which was nice since the escargot were buttery and rich.
I also ordered a drink — a rarity for me. Chris had a drink and beer, Cristina had wine, so I figured why the hell not? I had the Henderson which was vodka with their fresh blackberry juice. It was delicious, but it disappeared rather quickly and that was with me trying to savor it. Cristina also ordered the kale salad which was heavily dusted with cheese and had three prosciutto-wrapped dates along with goat cheese, almonds, and pomegranate.
The Brussel sprouts with bacon, goat cheese and an apple vignette were delicious. The apple vignette brought some nice acidity when getting a bite with some bacon it all meshed really well. It’s a solid option to consider ordering.
Chris for some reason ordered the forged wild mushrooms that came in a bed of creamy polenta, grana padano, and truffle oil. While it was really good (because of the polenta) it would have made more sense to order this with a steak.
Cristina was dying to try the Moroccan lamb kibbeh, which we ordered. It came with three lamb meatballs in a spiced tomato fondue, with celery & mint salsa and some tzatziki, feta, toasted pita on the side. It was indeed spicy, but not too hot and was a good mix of flavors.
And finally Abigail’s infamous P.I.G. “pop tarts” –– smoked pork confit, bacon, gruyere, wrapped in golden pastry crust, and served with tomato jam. The dish is like a calzone of sorts, but the inside is layered almost like a lasagna. It was definitely a unique dish and very tasty. If you’re coming here you should probably give it a try.
Even after all that (which we didn’t finish) we, or at least Cristina and I, had dessert with their homemade Snickers bar. Topped with a generous dollop of peanut butter it was much better than its inspired candy bar. I could have easily eaten this thing all by myself, but it was probably best for my stomach that I shared it. This is a dessert that’s worth saving room for.
Total Damage: $161.32 for three people (before tip.)
Overall Abigaile is a great dining option for Hermosa Beach, and it’s no surprise that it’s still going strong three years and counting. It’s casual (they brew their own beer) but gives you elevated food that is worth treating yourself to.