UPDATE: I’m pretty excited to bring you this news. Yellow Fever’s Venice, CA location is open for business! Yellow Fever was one of the places we discovered (and loved) on our visit to Torrance last October, and we have been eagerly anticipating their new location. While the Torrance location is almost always in our plans when we know we’ll be driving through the area, it’s nice to know that we can visit on the way to the boat (or any other time). Asian Fusion bowls for everyone!
Where is it? 2560 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
Parking situation? Loads of free parking in the back (major bonus points)
Outside dining? Yes! In fact, we have already taken advantage of the outside patio.
Food still rocks? Indeed! We were there during their soft opening, and it already looked like (and tasted) like a smooth operation. So, if you dig Asian Fusion cuisine, or you would like to see what all the fuss is about, give them a visit.
And if you want to read my original review, here you go:
As I mentioned earlier, the tastes of Torrance were varied and delicious. I knew very little about Torrance going into the trip, so it was a surprise to find out how glowing their reputation is for a variety of Asian-inspired cuisine (though, I can now see why). It was on this taste-finding mission that we came to Yellow Fever. This casual Asian-fusion restaurant had my taste-buds singing, and, on more than one occasion since, has had me thinking about making the drive back to Torrance to try more!
Asian-fusion is a difficult concept to pin down because it can mean so many things to so many people. Founder & Executive Chef Kelly Kim explained Yellow Fever’s gastronomic origins are “Asian meets California meets Texas.” It’s not surprising that it reflects the founders’ own backgrounds, or that they look at the foods they offer as a “gateway to Asian food.” She went on to explain that they designed the menu so that the flavors on the menu could be mixed and matched to create something as “simple or as decadent as you want.”
And boy is she right! You wouldn’t think to get fries as an appetizer to a rice bowl, but it works (particularly the parmesan furikake fries, which are incredible). Would you naturally think to add avocado to a pork-filled bowl? I will now.
Let’s start with the appetizers. We chose a mix of the parmesan furikake fries, 3 lil pigs and the ugly egg rolls (though there was nothing ugly about the taste). While I loved them all, I would probably make the 30-minute drive back to Torrance just for those fries. I’m just saying…
Every bowl starts with a base: triptych rice, noodles or salad (or a combination of these). Triptych rice itself is a combination of brown rice, white rice and sweet rice. Then you can order their bowls off the menu, or, again, create unique combinations that fit your mood that day, and top it off any of their additional offerings. Since everything on the menu works with everything else, you feel free to experiment because you aren’t going to get a clashing tastes.
I’m not a wildly experimental eater, but I felt fairly adventurous when ordering the main meal. As it turns out, I ordered the Seoul Bowl, one of their most popular choices. Everything about it was a pleasing surprise to me. The grilled filet mignon was tender, and the gochu sauce, which was on the spicy side, was so good that I happily ate the kale. That’s right – I ate kale without complaining. That’s how good it was.
Andy decided to mix things up a bit. He got a base of salad and triptych rice with the Shanghai Bowl (chock full of pork belly). He then added a fried egg and kimchi to the mix. He gets bonus points from me for originality. Andy’s take: “the food was rich, fragrant, tasty, and it was fun to create brunch in a bowl.”
In fact, our entire table filled with food and travel writers, and our PR team for Discover Torrance, seemed to delight in each new flavor.
The atmosphere is very casual. You can tell that they have worked hard to build something that people will come back for over and over again. I know if I lived in the area, it would be a frequent stop. And I was pretty excited to hear that they are opening a second location in Venice near Washington and Lincoln.
Are you Torrance bound, or in the area and interested in trying “Asian bowls for your soul?” Yellow Fever on 24416 Crenshaw Boulevard is a temptation that is so delicious that you’ll happily give in to it.
Many thanks to Kelly Kim (Founder & Executive Chef), Michael Kim (Founder & Chief Financial Officer) and Jeffrey Nitta (Founder & Director, Restaurant Operations) for giving their time to share their passion for great food with us.