Doma Kitchen wants you to taste the goodness of home – if your home was once in Eastern Europe or Central Asia, that is.
Once located in Redondo Beach, Doma (the Slavic word for "home") has found new larger digs in Manhattan Beach, expanding in size and sophistication, but still serving up the delicious ethnic dishes that made it a popular South Bay spot.
The convivial interior of Doma Kitchen — Photo courtesy of Doma Kitchen
Choose a seat at the welcoming community table, at one of the comfortable banquettes or on the outside patio. Wherever you sit, be sure to check out the open kitchen, where Chef Kristina Miksyte uses house-made spices, farmer's market fresh ingredients (many of which are organic) and locally grown chicken, lamb and other meats to whip up some wonderful taste sensations.
Plov, one of Doma Kitchen's hearty Eastern European offerings — Photo courtesy of Doma Kitchen
Doma Kitchen's owners, Angie Corrente and Stan Mayzalis, collaborate with Miksyte to collectively bring their Eastern European heritage to bear, serving classics like Ukrainian-style borscht, Siberian-influenced pelmeni chicken dumplings and even Uzbekistan plov (simmered rice with vegetables and herbs).
The Ukrainian-style borscht at Doma Kitchen — Photo courtesy of Doma Kitchen
You'll likely love the smoked pork sausage sampler, too, made up with custom-created sausages from South Bay purveyor J. Joseph & Family.
Three different sausages are included: one made with red wine and fennel, one with cilantro and ginger and our favorite, the Hungarian hot paprika, which is just spicy enough to stand up to the Croatian Dingac Vinarija Plavac 2012 wine suggested to pair with the sampler.
Scrumptious homemade pork sausages at Doma Kitchen — Photo courtesy of Doma Kitchen
In fact, Doma has a fascinating selection of wines from places like Slovenia, Georgia (the country, not the state), Hungary and Austria, as well as craft beers chosen from both international spots (like Germany, the Czech Republic, Belgium) and local Southern California brewers. Your waiter is happy to help you make a perfect pairing.
Be sure to end your meal with a sip of the 2010 Rosenhof Orion Eiswein, an Austrian dessert ice wine that may be the best you've ever tasted.
Speaking of dessert, during the day Doma Kitchen's waffle iron is in constant use, as their famous Belgian waffles are on offer from 11 am to 5 pm, piled high with decadent things like Dulce de Leche or Nutella. They also serve crepes during the daytime; those can be had filled with roasted vegetables, grilled lamb or chicken, or (back to dessert) Nutella and berries.
In the evenings, Doma serves real desserts, including zeppole (Italian fritters served with a warm chocolate dipping sauce, ricotta cheese and raspberry dipping sauce) or their mouthwatering Cake in a Jar, a layered delight of chocolate cake, berries, those same dipping sauces and whipped cream.
And if someone in your party isn't adventurous enough to eat Doma's tasty exotic fare, the kitchen also offers kale or quinoa or nicoise salads, as well as grilled chicken sandwiches and sweet potato fries. Those are well-made offerings, too, but how often do you get to taste authentic lamb stroganoff or Chicken Kiev in Los Angeles? Try it, you'll like it!