A Fish and Friends

The restaurant formerly known as A Basq Kitchen in Redondo Beach is now serving seafood as A Fish and Friends. (Photo courtesy Jessica Ibarra)

After five years of serving Spanish specialties such as tapas, patatas bravas and seared lamb chop, the owners of this Redondo Beach boardwalk restaurant looked right outside their window to gain inspiration for a new identity.

A Basq Kitchen, a waterside restaurant that was opened in 2015 by Terranea Resort chef Bernard Ibarra and his wife Jessica Ibarra, was reborn in September as a seafood spot focused on comfort food called A Fish & Friends.

“We thought, let’s come back to the very core of it — the location. You’re right on the water, what do you want to experience when you’re watching the sunset, and the seagulls, the pelicans, the seals that are in the harbor? Seafood,” Jessica Ibarra said.

The new menu at the 40-seat restaurant includes items such as battered fish and chips, lobster rolls, grilled octopus and a Sunday-only seafood boil, which will include seasonal seafood and is meant to be shared.

But there will be a few A Basq Kitchen favorites that remain on the menu, including the beef cheek stew, paella and txipirones, which is squid in its own ink.

The couple decided to change things up while the restaurant was closed for about five months during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“We just felt like it needed a refresh,” Jessica Ibarra said.

And with a new seafood identity also comes a better seaside view since the restaurant, which overlooks the harbor, now also has patio seating upstairs by the bike path, which offers a view of the ocean.

A Fish & Friends

Where: 136 International Boardwalk,  Redondo Beach

Hours: 4-9 p.m. Thursdays, 3-9 p.m. Fridays, 12-9 p.m. Saturdays, 12-7:30 p.m. Sundays

Information: 310-376-9215, afishandfriends.com

Contact Lisa Jacobs lisa.jacobs@TBRnews.com or follow her on Twitter @lisaannjacobs.

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