Saturday, December 20, 2014

True ‘Bu

Nikita is the PCH’s new gem

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You're gonna want to use Uber X for this one, given the checkpoints.

That way, you can cruise past the police cruisers thinking of nothing else but Nikita, the hot next-door neighbor of Nobu in Malibu. Because, yes, she is very worth the trip.

Call it a Malibu trifecta: spectacular views of the beachfront, spectacular views of the clientele, and spectacular creations by a chef from Michelin-starred restaurant Castello Banfi.
  
In this posh, two-story restaurant on the ocean, everything looks better from the expansive outdoor terrace where shades of blonde wood frame floor-to-ceiling windows.
 
The ocean view and salt air pair nicely with cocktails by Greg Seider, a famed New York mixologist. One shining example? The Colony: simply Krug champagne poured over a market strawberry chamomile-infused ice cube.

And that’s no Celestial Seasonings in your ice cube — Nikita has the world’s first tea sommelier on staff, too.
 
Executive Chef Massimiliano Blasone (recognized by a certain restaurant rating bible with the marshmallow-y mascot) puts forth a menu of Mediterranean fare with hints of Italian. Some signatures? Wagyu beef filet with crunchy cauliflower and the Nikita cannolo, a crispy sea bass with celery, cantaloupe and Amalfi coast lemon.
 
No one'll blame you for grabbing some of those ice cubes for a roadie.

Photo by Chris Gill

Nikita nikitarestaurants.com
22716 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu
(310) 456-3274
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Price: 4 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Parking: Valet
Scene: Tech investors, celebrities, divorcees
Hot seat: Along the rail closest to the ocean
Best bets: The Colony; Wagyu; handmade pastas
Nearby: Nobu Malibu; Café Habana; Malibu Inn

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