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Trip Tastes: Feeding My Soul at Yellow Fever (UPDATE)

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UPDATE: I’m pretty excited to bring you this news. Yellow Fever’s Venice, CA location is open for business! Yellow Fever was one of the places we discovered (and loved) on our visit to Torrance last October, and we have been eagerly anticipating their new location. While the Torrance location is almost always in our plans when we know we’ll be driving through the area, it’s nice to know that we can visit on the way to the boat (or any other time).  Asian Fusion bowls for everyone! 

Where is it? 2560 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Parking situation? Loads of free parking in the back (major bonus points)

Outside dining? Yes! In fact, we have already taken advantage of the outside patio.

Food still rocks? Indeed! We were there during their soft opening, and it already looked like (and tasted) like a smooth operation. So, if you dig Asian Fusion cuisine, or you would like to see what all the fuss is about, give them a visit.

 

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And if you want to read my original review, here you go:

 

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As I mentioned earlier, the tastes of Torrance were varied and delicious. I knew very little about Torrance going into the trip, so it was a surprise to find out how glowing their reputation is for a variety of Asian-inspired cuisine (though, I can now see why). It was on this taste-finding mission that we came to Yellow Fever. This casual Asian-fusion restaurant had my taste-buds singing, and, on more than one occasion since, has had me thinking about making the drive back to Torrance to try more!

Photo of Kelly Kim by Andrew Gerngross

Photo of Kelly Kim by Andrew Gerngross

Asian-fusion is a difficult concept to pin down because it can mean so many things to so many people. Founder & Executive Chef Kelly Kim explained Yellow Fever’s gastronomic origins are “Asian meets California meets Texas.” It’s not surprising that it reflects the founders’ own backgrounds, or that they look at the foods they offer as a “gateway to Asian food.” She went on to explain that they designed the menu so that the flavors on the menu could be mixed and matched to create something as “simple or as decadent as you want.”

And boy is she right! You wouldn’t think to get fries as an appetizer to a rice bowl, but it works (particularly the parmesan furikake fries, which are incredible). Would you naturally think to add avocado to a pork-filled bowl? I will now.

Let’s start with the appetizers. We chose a mix of the parmesan furikake fries, 3 lil pigs and the ugly egg rolls (though there was nothing ugly about the taste). While I loved them all, I would probably make the 30-minute drive back to Torrance just for those fries. I’m just saying…

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Every bowl starts with a base: triptych rice, noodles or salad (or a combination of these). Triptych rice itself is a combination of brown rice, white rice and sweet rice. Then you can order their bowls off the menu, or, again, create unique combinations that fit your mood that day, and top it off any of their additional offerings. Since everything on the menu works with everything else, you feel free to experiment because you aren’t going to get a clashing tastes.

I’m not a wildly experimental eater, but I felt fairly adventurous when ordering the main meal. As it turns out, I ordered the Seoul Bowl, one of their most popular choices. Everything about it was a pleasing surprise to me. The grilled filet mignon was tender, and the gochu sauce, which was on the spicy side, was so good that I happily ate the kale. That’s right – I ate kale without complaining. That’s how good it was.

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Andy decided to mix things up a bit. He got a base of salad and triptych rice with the Shanghai Bowl (chock full of pork belly). He then added a fried egg and kimchi to the mix. He gets bonus points from me for originality. Andy’s take: “the food was rich, fragrant, tasty, and it was fun to create brunch in a bowl.”

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In fact, our entire table filled with food and travel writers, and our PR team for Discover Torrance, seemed to delight in each new flavor.

The atmosphere is very casual. You can tell that they have worked hard to build something that people will come back for over and over again. I know if I lived in the area, it would be a frequent stop. And I was pretty excited to hear that they are opening a second location in Venice near Washington and Lincoln.

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Are you Torrance bound, or in the area and interested in trying “Asian bowls for your soul?” Yellow Fever on 24416 Crenshaw Boulevard is a temptation that is so delicious that you’ll happily give in to it.

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Many thanks to Kelly Kim (Founder & Executive Chef), Michael Kim (Founder & Chief Financial Officer) and Jeffrey Nitta (Founder & Director, Restaurant Operations) for giving their time to share their passion for great food with us.

 

 

Our visit to Yellow Fever was part of a sponsored, scheduled press trip through Discover Torrance. All expressed opinions are my own, and that of TravelingWithoutANet.com

20 Comments on Trip Tastes: Feeding My Soul at Yellow Fever (UPDATE)

  1. Yum! This sounds really good. I’m an L.A. native and I’m always looking for new places to visit when I come back to California… I’ve been gone so long I’m so out of the loop on the cool places to visit, so this was awesome to read. I’ve got to add it to my list. 🙂

    • PatriciaSteffy // June 8, 2016 at 6:13 pm // Reply

      We are big fans. So happy to have it significantly closer than Torrance. It’s sure to become one of our “must visit” summer stops whenever we are beach or marina-bound.

  2. Mmmmmmm….I love fusion food. It’s just so different to anything else you come across. Unfortunately I’m not in the right area to take advantage any time soon, but it’s great to read about it and you’ve certainly managed to make me hungry! Now, let me go see what’s in the cupboards to make some fusion…..

  3. Sounds great! Wish I was in that area more often!

  4. Look yummyyyy! Slurp..slurp..! I like the atmosphere of the restaurant. 🙂

    • PatriciaSteffy // June 9, 2016 at 2:28 pm // Reply

      It’s fun and casual. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the food is really fresh and so unique!

  5. Those fries are making me drool. And what a funny restaurant name!

  6. I’ve never been to Torrence (I actually had to look it up on a map :-)), but I think I’d make the trip from Boston just to try those fries! Yum!!! I’m envious of all the creative Asian cuisine that you have access to in Cali… That’s not our speciality on this coast.

    • PatriciaSteffy // June 9, 2016 at 2:27 pm // Reply

      I had never spent time there before October, and we really got exposed to a lot of great Asian (and other) food down there. So excited to have the new location of Yellow Fever so much closer!

  7. I love the description, Asian meets California meets Texas. A blend od so many different concepts and flavors.

    • PatriciaSteffy // June 9, 2016 at 3:01 pm // Reply

      They really do take their favorites and blend everything into an amazingly unique (and tasty) combination! And the people behind Yellow Fever are so much fun!

  8. What a pretty spot! I love Asian fusion in all its interpretation. The typical Asian flavours complement a lot of dishes we are more familiar with so its always fun to try the chef’s creativity! I haven’t been to Torrance but would make the jaunt out there next time I’m in LA I will definitely check it out!

    • PatriciaSteffy // June 9, 2016 at 4:41 pm // Reply

      The new location in Venice is much closer to us here in LA, but both locations have fantastic food! I never really thought much about the bowls, but after going to Yellow Fever, I am hooked!

  9. The restaurant itself looks really lovely and I love Asian food. It seems, though, that the food is very meat-based… Would love to try some vegetarian dishes though.

    • PatriciaSteffy // June 9, 2016 at 4:42 pm // Reply

      They definitely do have some vegetarian options, and when you order, you can mix and match so if you like some aspects of one bowl, but not others, you can change as you go. Makes it work well for everyone’s food preferences.

  10. The food looks delicious! Yes I will look this up when I get to visit CA someday which is in the near future I hope! thanks for sharing this.

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