Doma Kitchen

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A sweet spot located in Manhattan Beach, Doma Kitchen is bringing amazing flavors filled with local and fresh ingredients.

I had a remarkable experience enjoying the beautiful decor and delicious Doma Kitchen staple dishes. The owner, Angie, is friendly and really passionate about food and her culture. The menu contains all different types of cuisine but has a strong emphasis on European & Central Asian dishes, some from her background in Ukraine. When food tastes good, even more than good, one can notice it's due to the amount of passion and love put into the meal and this shine through here at Doma Kitchen.

We tasted traditional dishes with a healthy and unique twist. Starting with Borscht, then Housemade Chicken Dumplings in Broth, Braised Rice "Plov" with veggies & herbs, Uzbeck style, and ended with tea and Pumpkin cake, marshmallow whipped cream & caramelized apples (gluten free!). Continue reading for photos and a full run down of the dishes.

We started off with some black and hibiscus iced tea served in cute mason jars. While waiting for Angie to arrive, I took a look at the menu. Serving happy hour from 3-6 on Monday-Friday with $1 off beer and wine as well as many discounted appetizers and sides. The menu is diverse and contains many Californian dishes like wraps, tartines, sandwiches and french fries and then some other dishes that are very cultural, these are the dishes we tried.

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First off was the Borscht. This is a Ukrainian style soup with beets, cabbage and local natural grass fed lamb, fresh dill, bavarian rye bread and a side of sour cream. Everything we tried was phenomenal, but this was by far my favorite dish. Doma Kitchen took on this Borscht and transformed it into a healthier dish. Normally, it is much heavier but this was light and with the grass fed lamb, it brought a strong and tender flavor. The flavor of the soup was sweet and savory, bringing pieces of cabbage and tender, tasty lamb. This dish is extremely light, yet filling, and the flavors just sing in unison. What you do is put some sour cream in the soup with some bread. They ship their Rye Bread from Germany, it is extremely fresh and delicious. When you have this soup with the sour cream, it brings it to another level. I cannot wait to come back here and get this soup again.

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Next was the dumpling soup. These are Siberian style housemade dumplings, local cage-free chicken, chicken broth, fresh dill and of course - a side of sour cream. The dumpling dough was made in-house and this shows through with the bite. It is velvety, soft, and extremely fresh. The dill gives the chicken inside and the broth a hearty flavor. I am a fan of chicken dumplings and these were some of the best I've had. The flavors of all the chicken with the chicken broth was fantastic. All the local and cage free, grass fed meat and poultry is a strong way to be healthy and to feel lighter when having a meal.

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After the soup, we tried Braised Rice "Plov" with veggies & herbs. It had veggies like Garbonzo Beans and a sauce as well as tomatoes and onions. There were also raisins in the rice dish and I am normally not a huge fan of raisins in rice, but this worked perfectly together. The turmeric and spice blend in the rice worked perfect and all the flavors acted with one another, making this a pretty awesome rice dish.

A seasonal dessert was up next, Pumpkin cake, marshmallow whipped cream & caramelized apples (gluten free!). The fact that this dessert dish is gluten free really brings a smile to my face. Although I am not gluten, some people are allergic or that is their choice to not eat gluten and at restaurants especially, there are not a lot of gluten dessert options, and if they do have it, it's not very tasty. However, this was a great taste of marshmallow whipped cream with the cinnamon caramelized apples presented on a tree tray in a mason jar.

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Overall, this was an amazing spot. I enjoyed everything and every bite. The freshness was strong and the flavors all worked together. I left feeling full, and a good full. Not a full after a hamburger and french fries, this was the full we need to be. From a filling yet light and locally, free ranged and fresh lunch. Be sure to check out Doma Kitchen, maybe I'll see you there next time! Planning my next visit already.

Tomato Carpaccio

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Tomato Carpaccio, a simple, fast and easy salad recipe that will impress guests at a dinner party. This is a refreshing and simply addicting snack and appetizer that everyone will love! The salad dressing from my Hatchery Box, from Balsamos Family Kitchen dressing #7 brings this dish to life bringing the sweet and savory taste of this carpaccio.

Make sure to use the code LINDSEYEATS to purchase your first Hatchery box for 50% off! And continue reading for the full recipe. 

[recipe title="Tomato Carpaccio" servings="3-4 Small Portions" time="30mins" difficulty="Easy"] Mandoline for slicing 1 Red Onion, about 1 1/2 cup sliced 2-3 Tomatoes (Roma or Hierloom) 6 leaves of Lemon Basil (chiffonade per serving) 1/2 Lime Juice 1 1/2 Tsp Salad Dressing Salt/Pepper Sprinkle Over Good Olive Oil ( I used Kursi EVOO from Israel) Sprinkle with Lime Zest

Slice your tomatoes and red onion on the Mandoline and place nicely on a plate Cut your basil leaves and sprinkle over Then sprinkle over your salad dressing, lime juice, salt, pepper, olive oil and lemon zest [/recipe]

Chicken Tacos with Cabbage Slaw and Chimichurri

IMG_6054 (1) Don't you just LOVE tacos? Think of shredded chicken with a KICK using Jamaican style jerk seasoning that gives a spicy tang. It works perfect with a cabbage and carrot slaw and is topped with a lemon basil & cilantro chimichurri. Continue reading for a step by step and enjoy the full recipe at the end of the post!

Used: Greenpoint Trading Company Jerk Seasoning: Jamaican Style from my Hatchery Tasting Box. Be sure to pick up some at the Hatchery Marketplace. Or you can sign up for $20 month to receive a hand-picked tasting box! Click HERE to learn more and sign up! Use the code LINDSEYEATS to get your  first TASTING BOX for $10! (Disclaimer: $10 off your first monthly tasting box, does not apply to full marketplace ingredients)

Start by making the marinade for your chicken. It can be marinaded anywhere from 1 hour to 1 day for maximum flavor!

Assemble your cabbage and carrot slaw. This should sit in the sauces for at least 30 minutes to allow all the juices to soak into the vegetables, preferably an hour! It tastes better the longer you wait.

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To cook your chicken, make packets with parchment paper to allow all the flavor to cook with the chicken. This also lets you easily shred your chicken. While your chicken is cooking, make your chimichurri that takes no time at all! Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees for the chicken and cook for about 20-30 minutes until tender and not raw, depending on oven.

When chicken is HOT, take it out of the oven and take 2 forks and start to shred it. It should be easy to shred. Chicken breasts should work the best for this, but I used thin chicken schnitzel pieces so your cook time may have to be a little longer if you are doing chicken breasts.

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After shredding the chicken, warm up your FLOUR tortillas on the stovetop. Assemble with the chicken first, then the cabbage slaw and top with the Chimichurri.

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Recipe

Chicken - Chicken Cutlets 

  • 1 T & 1 Tsp Jamaican Seasoning
  • 1 Lime Juice
  • 1 T Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp Salt

Carrot & Cabbage Slaw - 1 Cup shredded carrots and 1/2 Head of Cabbage 

  • 1 Lime Juice
  • 1 T Sesame Seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic
  • 1 T Soy Sauce
  • 2 T Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Ponzu
  • 1/2 T Sugar

Lemon Basil & Cilantro Chimichurri

  • Bunch of Lemon Basil & Cilantro
  • Sprinkle Salt, Pepper, Garlic, Oil - a lot, until it becomes a liquid sauce (not thick)
  • 1/2 Lemon Juice

Sesame Teriyaki Tofu

dsc_0926 A simple, sweet and delicious vegetarian dish! Click "read more" for ingredients and the recipe!

What You'll Need:

  • Tofu (cubed)
  • White Cooking Wine
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Soy Sauce
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Teriyaki Sauce
  • Honey
  • Oil
  • Salt/Pepper/Garlic
  • Shallots

(Subject to taste so add however much you prefer) 

How: 

  • Begin to soak  out all the water of the tofu by placing paper towels for around 10-15 minutes. This allows the flavors you will adding to soak into the tofu and really give the tofu flavor!
  • Then cut the tofu in cubes.
  • Mix all the sauce ingredients and put the cubed tofu to marinate for 20-30 minutes. You can also marinade the tofu for even longer to develop a stronger and deeper flavor, your choice.
  • Begin to heat oil and add diced shallots into the pan and sweat them out. Add the tofu and grill until it is crisp.
  • Make some white rice and pour on top with some lime and the remaining sauce in the pan!