Skylar Tourigny is passionate about the hospitality industry so when she opened her second restaurant earlier this month she wanted to bring “something very elegant” to the South Bay with a chef-driven menu.

Decadence in Hermosa Beach has California cuisine with a Vietnamese influence and a “little bit of a twist” from Chef Huy Nguyen that combines his Pan-Asian heritage with Tourigny's memories of Vietnamese food.

“I want to have a place where people can come and hang out... and provide a place where they don't have to go to LA, a place with a decor and ambiance that they feel they want to be here,” Tourigny said.

Tourigny, who owned the Marine Street Cafe in Manhattan Beach, spent more than a year renovating what was the Establishment.

“It wasn't the decor I wanted, so I gutted this whole place... that's what the challenge was, taking a long time to build how I wanted it,” Tourigny said.

Some of the early favorites at Decadence include the Hamachi Crudo with mushrooms in crispy phyllo and pickled blueberries. The menu includes everything from the starter avocado tempura, to the Decadence cheeseburger, confit onion, heirloom tomato, smoked cheddar and “sexy” skinny fries, which was revived from the Marine Street Cafe.

Decadence also offers an “esoteric” wine list from around the world, kombucha on draft, over ten rotating beer options from local breweries and house-crafted cocktails.

With around 40 full and part time employees, Tourigny said a goal of Decadence is to create an extended family.

“We're here for each other and that's what I love about it,” she said.

Decadence is located at 1332 Hermosa Ave.

For more information, visit decadencebar.com.

Contact this reporter at mhixon@tbrnews.com or on Twitter @michaeljhixon.com.

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