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

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.”

“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 continues with us with an order of Crab Avocado Stack at the ready.

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