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Reviewed May 7, 2004   »   32avenue.com   |   justin-cheung.com     

Gladstone's

17300 West Pacific Coast Highway - Malibu, Los Angeles
Lump Blue Salmon with Garlic Mashed Potatoes | $16.95. This was a fresh daily special that isn't on the regular menu, but it came highly recommended from the waitress for good reason. Portions were a slight tad below average, but taste was absolutely amazing. The white sauce complemented the incredibly tender and moist salmon so well, I finished it within minutes. The mashed wasn't shabby either, and it went well with the star of the dish. Overall, an excellent dish.

Penne Pesto Pasta with Salmon | Grilled salmon filet over penne pasta in a pesto cream sauce, $15.95. This dish, a staple on the menu, was almost disappointing when compared to the lump blue salmon; it was merely ordinary in comparison. Don't get me wrong - it's still a decent dish - albeit just not spectacular. It reminds me of something you can get at Milestone's in Canada, with the exception of the grilled salmon chunks being a little bit more tender here. Portions were pretty decent. Overall, an average dish.

Conclusion: Eating on the outside patio was simply one of the best experiences one can have - in a relaxed atmosphere, sitting along the coastline watching the waves crash - it is this intangible that makes me want to return to the restaurant time and time again even though it is otherwise a merely normal place to eat. They have an indoor component of the restaurant, but we didn't go in so I don't know what the ambience is like inside. Service was average, although our waitress did wrap our leftovers in gold-colored tin foil in the shape of a giant duck, which was pretty cool. Valet parking is required at $4.50. Overall, don't expect too much from the restaurant, but if you do go, make sure you go on a nice day, sit outside with a strawberry lemonade, and just enjoy the view with your food - you won't regret it.

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