great food, great staff, especially the owner- hes so friendly and always comes by our table to ask how everything tastes... I eat here a few times a week. I love the hummus and chicken kabobs. Great flavors....! Also check out 4 brothers grill next door, they have great breakfast and are owned by the same people who own Chicken Maison!
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CHICKEN MAISON: FIVE STAR HEALTHY DINING AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE
Chicken Maison is no ordinary “place”. Using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients!
Behind it all is the Karame family, who have used many years in the food business to create healthy, quality Euro-Mediterranean fare. And on this night, when I was charged with the task of picking up dinner for the family, I was glad it was affordable as well.
The Whole Rotisserie Chicken ($13.95) comes complete with two large side orders, pita bread, and garlic sauce. The chickens were perfectly browned with that fall-off-the-bone tenderness. The skin had that perfectly glazed brown look. And dipped in the garlic sauce, the flavors were marvelous. And from the steamed vegetables to the Greek Coleslaw, the side orders were just as appetizing.
Some items that were especially impressive were the Maison Rice, light and fluffy rice pilaf with golden raisins that gave the dish a delicious sweetness; the Hummus, freshly made with wondrous pools of extra virgin olive oil; and the tangy Potato Salad a la Maison, made with chunks of potatoes and freshly squeezed lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil.
And these sides paired well with the Kabob meals. The Chicken and Vegetable Kabob ($7.75) was cooked perfectly. And the top sirloin used for the Steak and Vegetable Kabob ($7.95) was prepared a perfect medium well, perfectly seasoned, and especially tasty.
“It’s like a ‘back to basics’ style of cooking here,” said Karame. “We don’t use any preservatives or citric acid in our ingredients. And there are no microwaves or freezers in our kitchen.”
And on a quick visit to his kitchen, I discovered it was true. What was remarkable was the freshness of the ingredients – the vibrant colors of the vegetables and the meats.\r
“The ingredients in our tabbouleh are all healthy – it’s medicine for the body,” laughed Karame.
Other salads of note include the Chinese Chicken Salad ($7.75), with chopped romaine lettuce, mixed shredded cabbage, green onions, cucumbers, tossed with crunchy pita strips and freshly made sesame dressing – definitely one of the tastier Chinese Chicken Salads I’ve had. The Maison Salad includes chopped romaine, tomatoes, parsley, green onions, cucumber, radish, and pita croutons topped with freshly squeezed lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil.
Chicken Maison is a family affair. Mario’s sons, Sam and Ramsey help operate the Redondo Beach and Torrance locations.
“ We use only fresh ingredients in all of our cooking,” said Mario’s son, Sam, who helps run the Redondo Beach location. We go through at least two cases of fresh lemons every day just to make our marinades and salad dressings.”
“We’re not corporate – so we will never cut corners or expenses that sacrifice the quality of our food,” Sam explained. “We are a close family business and have made a commitment to keeping it that way with a father who’s worked hard all his life so his sons could have a great opportunity.”
Chicken Maison posts a variety of weekly specials including Spinach Chicken Salad ($7.95), but one caught my eye. The Garlic French Fries are some of the best I’ve ever had. Freshly cut potatoes are lightly fried and then tossed with fresh crushed garlic and fresh lemon juice with a touch of extra virgin olive oil. Served with the delicious garlic sauce, this one is as scrumptious (as it is aromatic) – and I couldn’t stop eating them.
Chicken Maison was voted among the South Bay’s Best for 2005-2009 in the Daily Breeze Reader’s Poll. The restaurant is located at 3901 Pacific Coast Highway #D, Torrance, 90505, and at 2709 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach, 90278. The restaurant is open Monday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. For more information, call (310) 465-1050 (Torrance) and (310) 725-0035 (Redondo Beach) or visit www.ChickenMaison.com.
If you're in the area, be sure to stop by Chicken Maison! Also, bring an appetite, my husband and I split a Gyro plate, it came with hummus, pita bread, salad, gyro and rice and we were both stuffed!
The best food in town, honestly!