V’s Restaurant + Bar

Restaurant in Los Angeles

Seasonal Seaside California Cuisine Restaurant

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It’s a little bit city.  And a lot a bit beach. But when in doubt, look to Louis.  V is very, very extraordinary indeed.

With its farm-fresh seasonal style spinning something kissed by Italy, V’s Restaurant + Bar fills a Malibu void left vacant since Terra shuttered its seaside windows and Guido’s left a gap at The Country Mart.  But what ebbs will flow, and this time, in a true title wave of collaborative culinary greatness.  The Terra team royalty – executive Chef Chris Bocchino and Pastry Chef Kristine Bocchino – paired up with Guido giants Vassil Pertchinkov and Yassen “Yoshi” Tonev and together, a brand new by-the-sea venture was born.  With a capital V.

Let us begin with a drink.

Here, beverages beckon you to break free from your go-to tonic.  With an intimate bar anchoring the entry, Yoshi is clearly having some fun back there, his mix mastered elixirs could only be the result of such.  Drink specials feature nectars infused with grapefruit bitters (The Honeysuckle Rye wafts as dreamy as it tastes) and The Flowering Cosmo, enough to bring Carrie and Samantha back for another round.   The bar menu, with its surprise serrano peppers, superfine sugars and cilantro, is a draw if not a destination in its own right.

The homage to homemade Italian fare presents itself repeatedly and remarkably.  The rosemary, sage, and thyme punctuations in the house made pizza knots (do not deny the bread basket).  The organic spinach and house made ricotta – my God was that a pizza.  I hear the flatbreads are equally as notable.  I haven’t a doubt.

But what we found so fabulous was how healthy came together so decadently.  The Tuscan kale and red quinoa salad, shaved brussels mandolined so slimly they’re barely visible, the tang of the greens perfectly offset by the dried cherries and the orange Muscat vinaigrette.  So good.  Or how the kale and Swiss chard share a subtly citrus lemongrass ginger buerre blanc beside a beautiful piece of salmon.  This is preparation worthy of the lux land it lives on.

The pasta is homemade.  All the desserts are gluten free.  The Lavazza coffee compliments an equally alluring list of libations.  And if you nab a seat by the window, you can actually hear the waves crash just on the other side of PCH.  Taking over and completely refurbishing the old Charlie’s space (good riddance, animal prints), with its sleek industrial pendants low lighting blue slate booths and warm wood panelling, being situated seaside is clearly being honoured in décor.

With neighbouring Nobu and Nikita across the road, Malibu Farm upping the pier post, V’s Restaurant + Bar has added another posh powerhouse to the recent uprising of Malibu haute cuisine.

Which is good, because the city had nothing else going for it otherwise.

Jolie Loeb is a Luxury Lifestyle columnist based in Los Angeles

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Photographs by Buck Lewis Photography

Reviewer's Rating
Cuisine American
Need to book Advisable
Clientele Malibu locals, but warrants a drive if you don’t happen to be one. Family friendly for lunch and brunch or a post-beach bite, I’d save dinner for the adults.
Restaurant good for Couples, Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Scenic view
Cost per head High
Dress Code Smart Casual, Casual
Dining Options Brunch, Lunch, Dinner

Additional Ambience Information

Upscale and contemporary. Cappuccino booths and slate seating, the artistic ambiance compliments the quality of the cuisine.

Additional Price Comments

Signature craft cocktails from $12; Wine from $8 a glass, $32 a bottle. Lunch Appetizers from $8; Sandwiches, Pizzas and Entrees from $14. Dinner Starters from $10; Pizzas from $19; Entrees from $22.

Last updated on 23-11-2013

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