Surf’s up! Earlier this summer, Second Street in Belmont Shores netted a new business, Roe Restaurant and Fish Market. A pre-opening seafood tasting event was held for media and other invitation-only guests. The chefs were reeling in compliments with some of the freshest tastiest seafood in Long Beach at the “R” Bar, Roe’s Raw Seafood Bar.
Guests were drawn in hook line and sinker when owner and Executive Chef Arthur Gonzalez and his team began preparing and serving up sample dishes. Sous chef and fish monger Cody Requejo and sous chef Alex Ruperto captured an audience as they stood behind the raw bar creating art from fresh, wild, never frozen seafood.
“You can’t get fish fresher than this,” said Gonzalez. “We are at the docks when the fish get graded and we hand pick everything.”
“When guests visit Roe the first thing they must do is open their mind and second be prepared to have seafood enhanced with flavors from seasonal produce grown by local farmers,” said Gonzalez.
“At the raw bar we want you to taste the fish, relax on the dipping,” said Requeko, a Japanese trained sushi chef. Requeko prefers his guests first try his creations “as served.”
At Roe, the staff wants to know your name and the chefs to please your palate. For a unique experience when asked what you would like to order respond by saying omakase, or chefs’ choice.
Guests are encouraged to inquire about the daily specials. Like pirates with new found treasures, the chefs cart back their goodies and create daily specials like Ceviche Tostadas, Ahi Poke tacos, green lip mussel tostadas or lobster.
At Roe’s seafood fanatics can also order and take home fresh cuts of fish from the fish market or place carry out orders.
Roe Restaurant and Fish Market
5374 E 2nd St
Long Beach, CA 90803
Hours: Monday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Michelle Mears-Gerst is a writer in Orange County. Connect with her on Twitter.
Collage photo by Kim Thompson.