Serenity Restaurant & Lounge is an Asian fusion eatery moving into the Marina District this month.
The Setting: Upon entrance guests are greeted with a circular, 60-foot bar. The ceiling is made completely of windows, a breath of fresh air in lieu of typical dark, secluded spaces. Red lights mimic the shades of black and crimson throughout the dining room and second floor lounge. Patrons can watch a game on one of the seven televisions, or get some fresh air on the outdoor patios.
Check out the chefs prepare your meal in the open kitchen before heading to the main dining area, in which a serene water wall and bamboo feature inspire tranquility. A sexy spiral staircase leads to the second floor, home to private dining areas and the Serenity Lounge. Handmade plush, black leather couches provide seating in three private rooms, available for parties and bottle service.
The Flavor: Executive Chef Josh Hernandez crafted a menu of Asian cuisine with a twist. Lunch starters include black mussels, opened in coconut and Kaffir lime broth, as well as shrimp and pork potstickers, and seafood ramen. Salads, sandwiches and burgers are made with a kick. We're looking forward to the Grilled Salmon Sandwich with wasabi dill cucumber and the Serenity Burger made with gruyere cheese and truffle black garlic aioli.
The dinner menu should appeal to seafood-lovers. Start off with the Lump Crab Cake paired with a mango chutney and passion fruit sauce, or opt for a more traditional dish like Chicken Satay with Malaysian peanut sauce. More dinner entrée selections include lobster, scallop, fish and stir-fry entrees. Our top pick is Serenity Fried Rice, a mix of crab, caramel bacon, egg and peas.
Coming Soon: Already booked for a four-day private event and contracted for in-room dining with the Harbor Club, the hype surrounding Serenity is all positive so far. Locals can look forward to fashion shows and a Vegas-style Wine Angel working the bar this spring.
Serenity Restaurant & Lounge is slated to open Friday, March 2 at 201 J Street in the Marina District
Pictured: Atmosphere inspiration photos courtesy of the Serenity Website