Malibu Seafood is a small stand situated on the Pacific Coast Highway, just at the start of Corral Canyon Park. People cruising down PCH can stop at this small shop and find some of the freshest seafood. There is a small fish market inside as well as a tank of lobsters and crab. Everything looked fresh — No wonder there was a line almost out the door.
I always try to get the clam chowder. If it is on the menu, I will most likely get it. You would think that a seafood spot right next to the beach would have the perfect clam chowder. That isn’t always so. Though the clam chowder was tasty, it lacked a good thickness that I like. Maybe I am being too particular, but I like my chowder thick, almost like the consistency of oatmeal or grits. Anyways, it was a good start nonetheless.
We could not resist the fresh dungeness crab. Just recently, I enjoy eating this stuff. Before, it was a chore and didn’t even bother trying to eat it. After learning how to dissect the legs and body, and figuring out how to get into all the nooks and crevices, I learned that crab is delicious. At Malibu Seafood, the meat was fresh and cooked perfectly. I was a little disappointed that the flavor of the crab was missing. It was as if the salty seawater flavor was gone. Luckily, we had butter to save the day.
What I did like was their fried oysters. Popping them in my mouth, it was an explosion of ocean flavor. The breading could have been a bit crispier, but the oysters were definitely fresh. It had an amazing flavor, and I have to say, oysters are so good. They are like highly concentrated sea flavor in a shell. Awesome.
What is better than fresh seafood off the side of the PCH? The cool breeze with the view of the ocean and eating good seafood. This is what the beach is all about. Los Angeles has some good beaches, and Malibu is one of the finest. The beach and seafood go hand in hand. If you are on the PCH and see this establishment on the side of the road, stop and see what all the fuss is about.