Before, if you had asked me where to eat in Long Beach, I would have no answer. But now, Chianina Steakhouse has moved in and will soon be bringing the rare cattle breed to their menu. Chianina is an Italian breed that is the largest and one of the oldest breed of cattle in the world.
Since they are raising and breeding the cattle, the Chianina steak won't be available at the restaurant until March or April, but lucky for me they had butchered one for a preview dinner so we could try it!
More on that later, as there are plenty of other things to eat here. Our dinner started with a cup of buttery lobster broth.
Next is a Beet and winter root vegetable salad with mâché, almonds, raisin ($14)
I loved the Dungeness crab with jicama, avocado, micro cilntro, Meyer lemon, Fresno chili
Don't miss their dinner roll, baked with honey and sea salt. We couldn't stop eating this and had to resist asking for another roll. We knew there were a lot of food coming.
Pork belly, caramel apple puree, crispy skin, lentils, and chicory ($16)
Tortellini en Brodo, filled with taleggio cheese, caramelized onion.
Braised Colorado lamb shank in reduction sauce ($30)
Sides here include whole roasted cauliflower with cayenne and brown butter
We were stuffed at this point, but the main attraction came. The Chianina steak! The steaks are Porterhouse, aged for 30 days. The chef brought them out and plated them tableside for us.
They had one of my favorite desserts here, Baba au rhum with candied fruit (chantilly whipped cream on the side)
I didn't think there was much good food in Long Beach and was quite impressed with my meal at Chianina. Again, the Chianina itself won't be available for another couple of months, but there are plenty of other good dishes here. Be sure to come back and try the chianina, though!
5716 East 2nd St
Long Beach, CA 90803