First Look: The Many Concepts of Playa ProvisionsBy Lesley Balla | June 3, 2014 By Lesley Balla | June 3, 2014
The Gist: After the success of their other South Bay gastropubs, The Tripel and Hudson House, Top Chef runner-up Brooke Williamson and husband/co-chef Nick Roberts didn't just open one more restaurant, they opened four - all under one roof. Welcome to Playa Provisions, Playa del Rey's new everything spot for ice cream, pastries, sandwiches, seafood and more. There's Small Batch, an ice cream counter; King Beach, a market for pastries, desserts, grab-and-go salads, sandwiches and other treats; Grain, a back-room whiskey bar; and Dockside, the full-service seafood restaurant. Right now, King Beach and Small Batch are open daily; Dockside, which is currently only serving brunch, will begin dinner service on Thursday, June 5. Grain will open nightly next week.
The Space: King Beach and Small Batch are more communal, with two counters in one room, big and small tables both inside and out and a lot of outdoor seating for beach breezes. Since it's more dinner-focused, Dockside has stylish leather and silver seats, chic light fixtures and its own bar. There are lots of natural woods throughout the whole complex with pops of color and big windows throughout for natural light.
The Food: As you can imagine, with four different dining areas, there is a lot of variety here. The main common thread is that the food has the same seasonal, comfort-food-ish slant as Williamson and Roberts' other two restaurants, along with big flavors, good ingredients and fun twists. It is important to know that although each place is under one roof, the menus are all different and bills are treated separately. Out of all of these concepts, as well as The Tripel and Hudson House, the food at Dockside is more elevated. Think pretty little crab-claw pops and oyster shooters with crème fraîche and caviar. Grain, too, will have its own bar-friendly menu when it debuts.
The Drinks: You can get beer, wine and cocktails at Dockside, King Beach and, of course, Grain. King Beach has beer, wine and sparkling wines on tap, in addition to Bloody Marys, mimosas and micheladas. Grain will have classic cocktails and an elaborate whiskey selection, including whiskeys that the chefs barrel-aged themselves. Fun sidenote: the barrels used are currently multitasking as wall decoration.
The Details: Located at 119 Culver Boulevard in Playa del Rey, King Beach opens daily from 7:30 AM-6 PM; Small Batch from 11 AM-10 PM; Dockside for weekend brunch 11 AM-3:30 PM with dinner hours debuting this week. Eventually, Grain will be open from 6 PM-2 AM, nightly.
Take a sneak peek of some bites and sights around the complex below.