Bird watching at Delius
That’s what he called it when one of my buddies suggested grabbing a drink and checking out all the lovely ladies. Boy’s night, drinks, appetizers, and “bird-watching.” Not a bad Friday eve if I say so myself.
Now this place has been around for quite some time and is very well-known by the Signal Hill (and surrounding) locals. But it remains a somewhat hidden little gem not too far from the famed Belmont Shore area in Long Beach. Delius Restaurant attracts what I like to call, the beautiful people, and is a perfect spot for an outing with the boys. It’s not a little hole-in-the-wall but it won’t break the bank either.
The setting is nice with just the right amount of light, great wood work all around, and overall presents with a soft and inviting air. Service is impeccable. Without being obnoxious, the staff pays attention to you and responds quickly to requests. They’re friendly, knowledgeable, and a delight. The wines are matched wonderfully, especially with their Prix Fixe menu (which by the way, makes for an awesome date night). And the food is insane. Seriously, it’s just plain insane. This is a luxury dining experience without the luxury cost.
Besides the place being filled with beautiful people, besides the wonderfully prepared foods and expertly paired wines, I really need to call your attention to two appetizers in particular.
Crispy Pork Belly
Served with blistered shishito peppers, hothouse cucumbers, honey glaze, yuzu gelee, this dish is savory, melts in your mouth, and the peppers are, wow…
A new addition to their menu. It’s served on a tangy orange salad is spiced perfectly, melts in your mouth, and is almost food-gasmic. Seriously. If you go to Delius, you MUST try the octopus. Even if you’re not a fan of sea-food, it’s just ridiculous.
They offer a regular menu, a Prix Fixe menu, wine tastings, wine cellar dining, and other cool stuff. This place gets a big recommendation from Bad Boys Cooking.