I have been finding myself in Marina del Rey more and more these days. My last visit was to Stones Restaurant at the Marriott Marina del Rey hotel, which recently obtained a new chef and revamped their menu. Instead of ordering a la carte, they sent out a tasting of the dishes they wanted to showcase.
We started with a sampling of two appetizers:
Arugula, grilled peach, pickled red onion, burrata, balsamic glaze
Grilled shrimp, orange marmalade
Since all the entrees are accompanied by something creamy and starchy, we got full pretty fast, but we plowed through! This shouldn't be a problem for a regular diner not eating three entrees in a row :)
John Dory, popcorn crust, sweet corn ravioli, vegetable slaw
Filet Mignon, yukon mash, cauliflower, demi
The next dish doesn't lose out: New Zealand lamb, bacon, brussel sprouts, green apple risotto
We finished with a dessert sampler: Apple cobbler, Key lime tart, Chocolate ganache, Pineapple Upside Down cake.
My favorite was the dark, spongy chocolate ganache, followed by the apple cobbler.
The libations menu need some work for my personal taste as the cocktails were mostly fruity martinis and the wine by the glass selection is limited. The chef seems to have a liking for rich and creamy sides, but if you're staying nearby, you'd be satisfied with having a nice piece of filet mignon or lamb, or perhaps a moist John Dory here.
Marriott Hotel Marina del Rey
4100 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, California 90292
Disclosure: this meal was hosted.