207-209 Fishermans Wharf
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Phone: (310) 379-6511
Went to have dinner with the girlfriend and kids. We were in the area near Redondo Beach so we checked Yelp and found a place to get ramen. They also had sushi there. I hadn’t been to the Redondo Beach Pier since I was probably 7 years old. I remembered people surfing inside of the pier where it made a ‘Y’ going toward the shore. Unfortunately, there were very small waves for the day. We had a really fun and funky experience.
Oriental Breeze reminded me of something you would see on a wharf in Japan. Most of the people that were eating there looked Japanese or some other sort of Asian.
The ramen we got was actually phenomenal with little bits of mushroom, green onions, obviously a lot of MSG because it tasted so good, and some absolutely deliciouso pork. The kids loved it and we loved it. We had lots of great noodles too. We finished every last drop on it. We also ordered a spicy tuna roll that was very “Eh” we also ordered breaded mussels and scallops, which was very “Eh” as well. All in all the ramen was the thing that kicked butt.
Afterward we went walking out. The pier almost had an old carnival type of atmosphere. You could tell that a lot of people had walked that pier and not a lot of money had gone into keep it refurbished. The kids went into a little shell shop, which is what my Dad used to call a schlock shop. A schlock shop had hundreds of different kinds of shells and shark jaws with teeth up on the walls. They had little frogs riding burros made out of shells, which obviously came from Mexico.
They also had a ginormous stuffed pirate, which, I think, was designed to keep you from shoplifting. I loved the place.
Everything in there was fun, weird, and silly. As we walked further out, just to add to the seediness of the atmosphere, was a seagull with only one foot which brought up the subject of losing shoes. After that we saw about 100 people fishing most of which were Asian. They were all catching the same type of fish, which looked like it was about 2.5 inches wide and about 6 inches long and barely big enough to get any meat off of.
There was also a really cool looking Chinese place that I would like to go back and try eating at that had live crabs and live abalones and was packed. It actually looked quite clean inside and did not look particularly inexpensive. It looked like a plate of crab was $17. They also had things like sea cucumbers as well as other unique dishes. So, it was definitely a different demographic of socio-economic group than I am used to hanging with but it made for a really unique experience. I have done and seen virtually everything there is to do in Southern California, but this was definitely a new one.