First Look into The Space and Menus at Vū, Now Open in Marina Del Rey

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Photo: Tatiana Arbogast

opened in Marina Del Rey's Jamaica Bay Inn yesterday for the cuisine of Kyle Schutte, a Richard Blais charge with a cap full of creativity in dishes like that chicken-fried watermelon and buffalo carpaccio that we recently offered a glimpse of, a mere part of a very clever, ambitious, and expansive selection of dishes. While it is a vast improvement on the Best Western that preceded it at this location, the dining room hasn't completely shaken off the hotel vibe, from a carpet of questionable taste that leads into a lounge of chatting television sets to design pieces that would only look less exotic if they were still on the shelves of Cost Plus World Market. What Vū does have is great views of the Marina, which could almost be mistaken for the beach itself, smooth marble tabletops in a bar that encourages interaction among customers, and an expansive patio that makes us wish it was already summer (was it even summer last summer?). Take a look at Vū in our first look slide show and see the breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus below.

MENUS

Breakfast

Breakfast Essentials

Steel Cut Oats
brown bread ice cream 8

Granola
fresh & dried berries, greek yogurt 9

Compressed Fruit
honey yogurt foam 9

Stuffed French Toast
cinnamon cream cheese, strawberry jam, maple air 10

Belgian Waffle
maple syrup, strawberry sorbet, powdered butter 12

House Cured Salmon
aerated cream cheese, crispy capers, hardboiled egg, dill bagel crackers 11

Breakfast Breads
muffin, biscuit, demi-baguette, housemade herb butters & jams 8

Baked Eggs

Ham & Cheese Omelette
black forest ham, duo of cheddars, home fries 12

Garden Omelette
asparagus, watercress, tomato, radish, orange, home fries 12

Egg White Frittata
grilled tomato, fennel, spinach gremolata, seasonal fruit 12

Quiche

Cooked Eggs

Kona Benedict
hawaiian sweet roles, spam, slow cooked eggs, hibiscus hollandaise, home fries 14

House Benedict
homemade biscuits, black forest ham, hollandaise, home fries 14

Euro Breakfast
bresaola, slow cooked eggs, lamb chopper, quince jelly, tomato, cornichons, baguette 14

Steak & Eggs
coffee-rubbed hanger steak, slow cooked eggs, house french fries 17

Ranch Eggs
slow cooked eggs, hominy, grilled tomato, caramelized red onion, corn nuts, black beans, chipotle aioli 12

The American Breakfast2
2 slow cooked eggs, 2 hot cakes, 2 pieces of bacon 12

Bacon & Eggs
maple-braised bacon, slow cooked eggs, kona coffee spiked home fries 16
House French Fries 6

Sides

Home Fries 5
Grilled Asparagus 7
Bacon 6
Spam 5
Homemade Biscuits 4
Toast 4

LUNCH

Crudo

Tuna
watermelon, powdered bacon, kaffir lime 10
Hiramasa
orange, star anise, candied orange zest, fennel fronds 11

Soup

Creamy Fennel & Sage Soup
goat cheese hush puppy, crispy sage 8

Green Curry Soup
mussels, coconut pearls, micro cilantro 8

Reconstructed Caprese Salad
balsamic-injected cherry tomato, basil-infused mozzarella, red hawaiian sea salt, micro basil 7

Small Plates

Caesar
caesar foam, parm crisp, toasted brioche, romaine vinaigrette 8

Bison Carpaccio
mustard seared, pickled shallots, celery root confit, peppercress, extra virgin 14

Grilled Polenta
asparagus, tomato, pickled red onion, aged balsamic 9

Lobster Gnocchi
shaved fennel, red wine braised pancetta, asparagus broth 18

Entrees

Crab Cakes
charred tomato, orange, brioche bread crumbs, pickled red onion, mache, mustard ice cream 18

Chicken Salad Sandwich
pickled red onion, black truffle mayo, micro arugula, house fries 12

Seared Duck Breast Salad
mixed greens, goat cheese, dried cherries, chocolate-spiced cashews, red wine vinaigrette 18

½ LB Burger
herb goat cheese spread, dried cranberries, caramelized red onion, poached egg, house fries 16

Fish & Chips
malt vinegar tempura, spicy tartar, lemon & tarragon chips 17

Chicken Breast
pan roasted, fennel fondue, cranberry gastrique, pistachio suds 18

Grilled Salmon
pan-fried corn, soy bean, concord grapes, blistered tomatoes 21

Tuna Sandwich
lavender & juniper seared, black truffle mayo, crispy parsnips, sea salt potato chips 16

Sides

Steak Frites
house fries, demi 20

House French Fries
triple cooked, cumin, coriander 7

Potato Chips
lemon, tarragon 5

Truffled Tater Tots
black truffle oil, midnight moon 7

Pan-Fried Corn 7

Dinner

Artisan Meats and Cheese

1 for $8, 3 for $21, 5 for $30

Meats
House Made Duck Ham
Knight Salumi Finocchiona, San Diego
Knight Salumi Coppa Molina , San Diego
Jidori Chicken Liver Pate
Citterio Bresaola , Pennsylvania

Cheeses
Cypress Grove Midnight Moon, Holland
Sweet Grass Dairy Green Hill, Georgia
Alta Langa Robiola Bosina, Italy
Cypress Grove Humbolt Fog, California
Redwood Hill Farms Bucheret, California

Crudo

Hamachi
bbq spice, collared green fluid gel, micro cilantro 12

Lobster Tail
citrus, popcorn jello, fritos 13

Hiramasa
orange, star anise, candied orange zest, fennel fronds 11

Wild Columbia River Salmon
beet, balsamic pearls, pickled strawberry, micro arugula 11

Tuna
watermelon, powdered bacon, kaffir lime 10

Kumamoto Oysters
sprite ice, chili oil, cantaloupe 18

Cold Small Plates

Marinated Olives
marcona almonds, piquillo peppers, sherry, extra virgin 5

Potato Salad
fingerlings, celery seed, carrot glass, powdered mayo, white wine vinegar jello 7

Peas & Carrots
carrot noodles, pea puree, carrot chips 7

Reconstructed Caprese Salad
balsamic-injected cherry tomato, basil-infused mozzarella, red hawaiian sea salt, micro basil, extra virgin 8

Caesar
caesar foam, parm crisp, toasted brioche, marinated anchovies, romaine vinaigrette 9

Thai Mussels
green curry broth, hamachi salad, coconut jello, scallion, micro cilantro 9

Montana Free Range Bison Carpaccio
mustard seared, pickled shallots, celery root confit, peppercress, extra virgin 14

Tzatziki & Quince
greek yogurt spheres, cucumber, preserved lemon, red wine vinegar pudding, mint oil, powdered olive oil 8

Bagel & Lox Cannoli
house-cured salmon, aerated cream cheese, candied red onion, apple roe, dill 10

Tuna Nicoise
red onion, tomato, nicoise olives, rosemary jello, green bean puree, fried quail egg 11

Hot Small Plates

Grilled Cheese
toasted brioche, midnight moon, tomato jam, micro basil 8

Pork Belly
crispy grits, root beer jello 9

Grilled Polenta
asparagus, tomato, pickled red onion, aged balsamic 9

Chicken-Fried Watermelon
pickled rind 6

Calamari
chicken-fried, black peppercorn biscuit, pink lemonade mayo 11

Lamb Lollipops
sweet tea poached, rosemary, roasted grape relish 9

Vichyssoise
potato & leek broth, melted leeks, potato waffle, leek butter 7

Charred Octopus
romesco 9

Bone Marrow
bok choy, pickled strawberries, preserved lemon, candied red onion, balsamic pudding, parsley, brioche 10

Lobster Gnocchi
shaved fennel, red wine braised pancetta, asparagus broth 18

Entrees

16 oz Pork Shank
ivory lentils, marcona almonds, pineapple, pomegranate, cilantro, poblano cream 24

Lamb
sous vide strip loin, coffee-glazed couscous, roasted pearl onions, feta froth 30

King Cole Duck
creamy goat cheese polenta, dried cherries, chocolate-red wine reduction 26

Petaluma Farms
pan-roasted breast, braised leg, fennel fondue, cranberry gastrique, pistachio suds 22

Kingfish
herbs de provence, saffron-stained fingerling potatoes, wilted beet greens, beet broth 28

Sea Scallops
smoky whipped potatoes, caramelized pork belly, curry-white chocolate 24

Trout
purple cauliflower, parsnip 18

Beef Tenderloin
butter-whipped purple potatoes, asparagus 32

Accompaniments
$7each

Fries
triple cooked, cumin, coriander
Truffled Tater Tots
black truffle oil, midnight moon
Glazed Root Vegetables
Butter Whipped Purple Potatoes
Creamy Goat Cheese Polenta
Ivory Lentil Salad
marcona almonds, pineapple, pomegranate, cilantro