Enjoy Drinks, Food and Good Company at this Asian-Fusion Gastropub The Cure Huntington Beach
y story begins with a tragedy: the permanent closure of Huntington Beach’s 3 dollar Theater. For as long as I’d been an HB local, that theater was the perfect spot to meet up with friends and catch up on movies that you had missed during the first release. Saddened by the loss, I needed some serious cheering up. Luckily the old theater’s new neighbor, The Cure, was the perfect prescription for my broken heart. The Cure Huntington Beach
The Cure is an intimate eatery with a warm, inviting atmosphere. I was instantly greeted and seated by genuinely friendly service. Then, somewhere between the healthy pour of Pinot Grigio and the amazing menu, I forgot I had anything to be sad about. As it turns out, that’s the whole point of this restaurant. After years of experience in event planning, the owner, Ngan “Mashi” Nguyen, created The Cure with the intention for it to be a good-vibes-only space where you can leave all your problems at the door. And take it from me, they’re pretty good at distracting you from your troubles. The Cure Huntington Beach
Their best distraction by far is the food. The menu is built up of small, Asian-style tapas and large, family-style dishes. As much as I suggest trying as many different plates as you can (yes, everything is that good), I know that that may require an extra stomach or two. So to help you narrow it down, here are the results of my very official, very scientific taste test. The Cure Huntington Beach
TOP 3 APPETIZERS The Cure Huntington Beach
1. DRUNKEN CHICKEN WINGS
It’s like your favorite gal pal after a couple of shots: the perfect mix of sweet and spicy. Even though there isn’t alcohol in this recipe, these perfectly cooked wings will get you buzzed off their flavor alone!
2. AGADASHI DOFU
To answer your question: “dofu” is the correct Japanese pronunciation. Regardless of how you say it, this dish of firm, lightly fried dofu swimming in a delicate broth makes the ideal light bite.
3. CRISPY SPRING ROLLS
Don’t ask me how, but the shrimp and lamb in this appetizer have a more successful marriage than most celebrities. These lightly fried, nori-wrapped spring rolls are the perfect union of chew and crunch.
TOP 3 SOLOS
1. ISAAN LAMB SLIDER
There’s some sort of magic that happens when you surround perfectly cooked lamb with a doughy, slightly sweet bao bun. It’s a small, simple sandwich, but oh, so big in flavor.
2. CHICKEN KARAAGE SLIDER
Bao down to another delicious sandwich! I loved the juxtaposition of the softness of the bao bun and the crispiness of the chicken.
3. DIRTY MASH BOWL
If I came across a genie, one of my wishes might be a bottomless skillet of this solo. And once you try these deliciously creamy and garlicky mashed potatoes, you’ll want one for yourself!
TOP 2 PLATES
1. UDON & CHEESE
Redo on my genie wish: I want the bottomless skillet to have the mash in the center, then be surrounded by a halo of these noodles. These cheesy, super-rich noodles are an amazing spin on classic mac and cheese.
2. WHOLE CRISPY FISH
Inspired by a Filipino classic, this dish makes an incredible, edible centerpiece. This two-pound striped sea bass and bed of veggies is the perfect family-style entree for the table.
No matter what you choose to dig into at The Cure, there are no bad choices. And don’t forget to pop in for Social Hour (7 Days: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday – Saturday: 11 p.m. – 12 a.m.)! I’ll see you there!