Why does Belmont Shore need another restaurant?
Here’s the answer from Ray Lasher, long-time fixture on the Long Beach restaurant scene.
“As far as the Shore goes, there are a lot of great restaurants," he said. “There’s an over abundance of Mexican, pizza and Mediterranean. If you take those three categories out, there are not a lot of choices.”
Lasher recently opened Lasher’s Kitchen on Second Street with his partners, Lynn (his wife) and Chef Raquel Jubran.
“What we’ve tried to do at Lasher’s is sort of a world cuisine meets comfort food meets the street," he said.
The modern design décor is coupled with old school commitment to great food and service.
The original Lasher’s on Broadway was a popular spot for many years before closing in 2012 after a 16-year run.
Lasher and his partners thought they needed to bring some of the classic to the new place: Cranberry Glazed Meatloaf, Clam Chowder and Fried Green Tomatoes, for example.
Those Fried Green Tomatoes are slightly crisp with a Panko crust and are served with small slices of tender sausage.
New items include Chicken and Waffles and Cioppino.
Chef Roq has created a new fun take on Chicken and Waffles. The pieces of chicken are marinated in soy, rice vinegar and spices, skewered, cooked and then placed in a waffle shape cone with mashed potatoes on the bottom; served with maple syrup, of course.
The Cioppino is San Francisco-style featuring roasted tomato fish broth with just the right amount of heat along with a slight astringency that complemented the tender delicacy of the fish. The broth was perfect for dipping with fresh bread.
The shrimp was perfectly soft, but retained a texture that emphasized the flavor. The Calamari was fresh and tender as well, and the clams were open and easy to pluck out. The Northern halibut was fork tender. Cioppino also includes Andouille sausage.
One of the different items on the “Wake-Up Menu” is Loco Moco Benedict ($16): Crispy Pork Belly on Hawaiian Bread with Potato cakes, poached eggs and Spam, and Spicy Pineapple Jam.
Prime Rib on Thursday is a Harris ranch 9-10 ounce cut, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, veggies, creamed horse radish and au jus for $20.
Wet Wednesday has discounts on wine and beer, and Juicy Lucy Burger stuffed with Cabot White Cheddar for just $11.
Then and Now
The original Lasher’s on Broadway closed in 2012.
“The biggest change is the customer’s culinary knowledge," Lasher said. "There’s more information available to them from TV shows and the Internet. Consumers know the difference. They appreciate fresh and they’re more open-minded.
“The Broadway place was a special event place. But here we want more flavor, more taste and more variety.”
Important to Know
Lasher said they worked very hard to find quality wines to sell at $7-$10.
They open at 11:30 a.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. on weekends (Closed Mondays). The phone number is (562) 343-7228 and the website is www.lasherskitchen.com.
Lasher’s is at 5295 E. Second St. near Glendora. Parking is on the street, so plan accordingly.