Moonshadows - Malibu, CA

May is a SUPER exciting month for me, mostly because it’s my boyfriend’s birthday! I love going all out for him, and this year I wanted to plan a super nice dinner for him and his foodie heart. There are about a million options to choose from, but when I saw the ocean view Moonshadows had, I knew it was going to be the one.

I made a reservation for Moonshadows about two months in advance, just to ensure we get seated as quickly as possible next to a window. The window side view of the ocean was BEAUTIFUL. It almost gave the illusion that we were out at sea.

  • Spicy Ahi Tuna Tartare - MY FAVORITE THING WE ORDERED. I could have ate three of these on my own. The spicy ahi tuna sits on a bed of seaweed salad and cucumbers, and is topped with avocado and a sesame wonton. The flavors all blend so well together. I highly recommend this one.

  • New York Steak - Ian had the steak and said it was incredibly good and “melted in [his] mouth like butter.” Despite being a thicker cut, it still cut easy. The only complaint here was that it was a little too done for his taste even after asking for it to be cooked medium. His personal preference is a little more red, however the taste was NOT dry at all.

  • Lobster & Crab Linguine - I’m not usually a pasta kinda girl, but if you know me, you know I love seafood so I was down to try this one. It’s topped with a light spicy tomato sauce, but in my opinion I didn’t taste any spiciness. The lobster and crab was not lacking to my surprise, and overall this was worth trying.

Worth it? It is most likely that I would return here for a special occasion rather than a casual lunch. I would definitely love to come back to try the rest of the menu, and on a day that is not overcast!

Nobu - Malibu, CA

Last weekend, my boyfriend surprised us with a lunch date at Nobu in Malibu!

This was our first time at this location. Upon walking inside the restaurant, I immediately loved the ambiance of the room, filled with wood and huge windows. I thrive in the sunlight and any bright natural lighting! We ordered the acai punch, edamame, crispy rice soup, seafood ceviche, toro cut roll, and spicy tuna hand roll.

  • Acai Punch- We love anything acai, so this drink definitely stood out to us. A little tangy at first, but when the ice starts to melt, it’s perfect.

  • Crispy Rice Soup- Ian said this tasted like “miso soup times 10". A unique menu item that I have never seen before!

  • Seafood Ceviche- Surprisingly rich in flavor! It was not the typical ceviche I’m used to having as it was topped with tuna, yellowtail, and even octopus.

  • Spicy Tuna Hand Roll- AMAZING. I would come back and order three of these. Seaweed was crisp the way I like it, and the blend of everything together tasted absolutely delicious.

  • Toro Cut Roll- Ian says this was very good! Very fresh and fatty, and melted in his mouth- as all toro should.

Overall, the experience was wonderful. The ambiance of the room and the flavorful food make me eager to come back!