Show 540, August 26, 2023: Executive Chef Robin Higa, MB Grille, Torrance Part One

Robin Higa of MB Grille

“Newly launched by the Market Broiler restaurant group is the seafood-centric MB Grille in Torrance at Del Amo Fashion Center designed by the award-winning Hatch Design Group. The new restaurant boasts a contemporary coastal design and lighter color palette, while maintaining Market Broiler’s signature large-format footprint at nearly 6,500 square feet. A spacious outdoor patio, complete with a decorative tile fireplace, welcomes visitors to the main entrance of the Del Amo Fashion Center.”

“Upon entering guests are enticed by the on-site fish market, featuring fresh seafood, including wild Atlantic Salmon, Chilean Seabass, Alaskan King Crab legs, mussels, clams, and oysters. With high-vaulted ceilings and exposed steel trusses, the open-air concept brings the outside in through a large window at the front of the space, as well as through an indoor-outdoor bar with seating for 22. Anchoring the dining room, is a large full-view expo window, allowing guests to view the action within the kitchen. The main dining room seamlessly flows into the bar area where high-top tables boast a hand-painted hexagonal design and plush barstool seating which create an exciting interaction between the dining room and bar.”

“While it may be our newest location, our MB Grille in Torrance sets the stage for the future of Market Broiler concepts,” comments founder Rodney K. Couch. “We want to continue to evolve with our guests, many of whom have been coming for more than 30 years, by offering a convivial destination that welcomes and embraces the next generation of diners.”

“The Summer menu celebrates the concept’s roots in sustainable seafood. Executive Chef Robin Higa’s seasonable menu features shareable starters including a refreshing Crab Avocado Stack with pickled red onion and frisée topped with pineapple relish and cherry tomato puree; Poke Nachos featuring layers of fried wonton triangles topped with MB’s signature poke, serrano peppers, and avocado drizzled with soy sauce and spicy mayo; and Tomato Burrata Bruschetta with whipped burrata, heirloom tomatoes, balsamic reduction, olive oil, and micro basil. Seasonal seafood entrees include a whole Mediterranean Branzino in a lemon-artichoke butter sauce, served with broccolini and rice pilaf; and sustainably caught Harpooned Swordfish hand-caught in local waters.”

“A native of Hawaii, Chef Robin Higa trained at Kapiolani College of Culinary Arts. He started his career in the restaurant industry at the age of seventeen, and began “moving up the ladder” when he reached the Mainland. Robin is an experienced executive chef adept at creating and managing a wide range of retail food and beverage concepts from casual themed dining, catering operations and fine dining restaurants. Robin is the consummate chef who truly understands the balance of menu item development and the alignment and execution of delicious food, which is complementary to MB Grille’s operations. He is also an everyday, hands-on, roll-up-your-sleeve team player who goes to great lengths to get the job done.”

Chef Robin Higa joins us with an order of Poke Nachos at the ready.

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