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1250 Cabrillo Ave. (Torrance Blvd.) Send to Phone
Michael Shafer’s converted trolley depot houses one of the South Bay’s more eclectic restaurants.
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Depot, Torrance, CA

Depot Restaurant Review

: Chef Michael Shafer is one of the better-known restaurateurs of the South Bay. He designed and helped build this restaurant in a converted trolley depot, and while the atmosphere is one of subtle elegance, the creativity on the menu is unrestrained. Find starters like ahi poke with stacked avocado; rock shrimp sausages; and Thai ale-steamed dumplings. The ever-changing repertoire often features spirited Asian and Southwestern ingredients. Entrées include Shafer’s signature Thai-dyed chicken with tempura shrimp, and fig jam- and Gorgonzola-crusted steak. Executives from nearby corporate offices frequently lunch here, enjoying the bento box presentations. For dessert, there’s a brûléed lemon tart and banana cream pie. The wine and beer list is well chosen, and the lively bar is the place to be seen in downtown Torrance.

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