Words by: Michaela Limur, Staff Writer
Photos by: Tas Limur, Staff Photographer
The culinary scene in Redondo Beach has just received a vibrant new addition that promises to transport diners to a charming beachside haven while tantalizing their taste buds with an array of delectable fusion tapas and craft cocktails. The aptly named SOL Restaurant, nestled within the Sonesta Redondo Beach & Marina, is not just a place to dine but an experience that combines breathtaking sunsets, delectable flavors, and a cozy beach-themed ambiance.
Culinary Creativity by Executive Sous Chef Hayato Yanai
At the heart of SOL’s culinary magic is Executive Sous Chef Hayato Yanai, a San Diego native whose gastronomic journey has taken him from the sun-kissed shores of California to the rich tapestry of Japanese cuisine. With over a decade spent traversing the culinary landscapes of Japan and honing his skills in traditional French cuisine, Yanai brings a wealth of expertise and innovation to each of his dishes.
Upon joining SOL in late 2022, Chef Yanai set out to create a new type of fusion cuisine that pays homage to his diverse epicurean experiences and influences. The result is a tapas-style restaurant that emphasizes not only delightful flavors but also mindful portioning. Chef Yanai recommends savoring three dishes for two people, a concept that encourages exploration and sharing.
SOL’s menu is a carefully curated symphony of fresh and vibrant ingredients, thoughtfully crafted to evoke the essence of beachside indulgence. From the crispy Chicken Karaage that delights the palate with its perfect crunch, to the succulent Pork Belly Boa Buns, every bite is a journey through flavor and texture. Not to be missed is the decadent risotto adorned with roasted pork shoulder, a dish that showcases the marriage of creativity and comfort. And for those seeking an inventive twist on a classic, Chef Yanai’s take on the “Big Mac” is a true testament to his culinary ingenuity.
“I always like to come out and say hi and explain the dish,” shares Chef Yanai, a personal touch that reflects his dedication to the dining experience he has meticulously crafted.
Crafting Liquid Elegance: Addison Jolley’s Cocktail Symphony
Complementing the culinary delights of SOL is a meticulously crafted cocktail menu led by Sonesta’s Director of Food and Beverage Operations, Addison Jolley. With a flair for creativity and an eye for detail, Jolley and his team have concocted a lineup of libations that embody the spirit of the beach and the warmth of summer.
As the sun dips below the horizon, the specialty summer bar menu unveils a plethora of refreshing concoctions that delight the senses. Among these, the Hibiscus Sour’s tangy notes play a harmonious tune with its floral undertones, while the Smokey Mezcal Margarita adds a touch of sophistication to the seaside escape.
However, it’s the Indigo Fizz that steals the spotlight, an exquisite creation that not only titillates the palate but also captivates the eyes. This enchanting elixir combines Empress Indigo Gin, lemon juice, Prosecco, agave syrup, and fresh blueberries to create a visually stunning and irresistibly refreshing potion. The addition of egg white adds a velvety texture that elevates the drinking experience to new heights (see recipe below).
A Beach-Themed Culinary Oasis
SOL Restaurant at Sonesta Redondo Beach & Marina has seamlessly woven together the elements of taste, ambience, and hospitality to create an inviting haven where guests can escape the ordinary and immerse themselves in a beach-themed culinary oasis. As the sun paints the sky with hues of orange and pink, patrons can unwind on the patio, sipping craft cocktails and savoring fusion tapas that pay homage to both tradition and innovation.
The journey curated by Executive Sous Chef Hayato Yanai and Director of Food and Beverage Operations Addison Jolley is not just about eating and drinking—it’s an experience that encapsulates the spirit of relaxation, adventure, and culinary delight. Whether you’re a local seeking a new culinary gem or a traveler looking for a memorable dining experience, SOL Restaurant offers an inviting embrace that captures the essence of beachside paradise.
Anyone who seeks an unforgettable sunset view, a creative culinary escapade, or simply a moment to savor life’s pleasures, SOL Restaurant at Sonesta Redondo Beach & Marina beckons you to its shores. Embrace the flavors, embrace the ambiance, and let the waves of culinary inspiration carry you away.
Indigo Fizz Recipe
1oz Empress Indigo Gin
1oz Lemon Juice
.75oz Agave Syrup (or simple syrup if you prefer that)
A few fresh blueberries
Muddle the berries with the lemon juice until it’s a nice purple color. Add the agave syrup, egg white, and the gin. Dry shake without ice, then add ice and shake again. Double strain into a champagne flute, top with Prosecco then sip away.
Find reservations for Sol Restaurant on OpenTable.