FwD is open daily for lunch and dinner. The restaurant seats approximately thirty-five guests. The dining room is comprised of a combination of tables, raw bar, and a cocktail bar.
Sun–Wed 11:30am–10pm, Thursday - Saturday 11:30am–10:30pm, bar later. Brunch Menu Saturday and Sunday 10am - 2pm
1148 Manhattan Avenue Manhattan Beach CA 90266 - 310.893.6299
Chef David LeFevre, a native of Madison, Wisconsin, and graduate of the renowned Culinary Institute of America, began his professional culinary career as an intern at Chef Charlie Trotter's celebrated restaurant in Chicago where he steadily rose the ranks over the course of seven years - punctuated with stages in France including the late Bernard Loiseau’s restaurant, La Côte d'Or, Restaurant Jean Bardet and Roger Vergé’s Le Moulin de Mougins.
In 2002, LeFevre decided to explore new and exotic cuisines, which launched him on a two year globetrotting experience all over Southeast Asia, Japan, Australia, the Caribbean, and Europe. Upon returning in 2004, LeFevre was recruited as Executive Chef of downtown Los Angeles’ seminal seafood restaurant, Water Grill where he remained for six years, earning a coveted Michelin star.
At his first restaurant Manhattan Beach Post (M.B. Post), LeFevre returned to his roots with a highly personal and soulful restaurant offering a more rustic menu of playful, artisanal dishes complemented by artfully crafted cocktails and small production wines. Opened in April of 2011, M.B. Post was named one of Los Angeles Magazine’s 2011 Best New Restaurants, 10 Most Memorable Meals by the Los Angeles Times restaurant critic S. Irene Virbila, and 10 Best Dishes of 2011 by LA Weekly restaurant critic Jonathan Gold. M.B. Post was also a semifinalist for the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards in the Best New Restaurant and Best Chef Pacific categories, and 2013 semifinalist for Best Chef West.
Now with Fishing with Dynamite - already named Best Oyster Bar by Los Angeles Magazine - LeFevre celebrates summers spent on Virginia's Eastern Shore and SoCal's vibrant beach communities with a menu that features only the most pristine seafood. Like M.B. Post, Fishing with Dynamite is a reflection of LeFevre's roots, his travels and his three culinary touchstones - preparing food that is artisanal, soulful and handcrafted.
Min Tae Kim
Chef de Cuisine
Born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Torrance, California, Chef Min Tae Kim’s passion for cooking began with the traditional foods and flavors of his ancestors and two key lessons learned in his youth. The first, to always cook with love, and the second, to always taste your food before you serve it. However, it wasn’t until the Master of the Dojo where Min worked as a Taekwondo instructor suggested that he pursue an opening at a local sushi restaurant that Min thought of cooking as a potential profession. Here the strict Chef-owner upheld a rigorous training program and list of standards for Min to conquer before he was allowed to butcher the seafood. Thriving as a disciplined chef and armed with the fundamentals learned from his family, Min set off for the Culinary Institute of America just two weeks after his high school graduation.
Upon graduating from CIA in 2007 Min joined the team at The Modern NYC working under Michelin Starred Chef Gabriel Kreuther. Here he transitioned from student to restaurant kitchen survivor, ultimately earning the position of Poissonnier. In 2011 Min was lured by the prestigious Altamarea Group where he began as Saucier at Marea building a foundation in stocks and sauces, and raising the ranks to Executive Sous Chef at Osteria Morini in 2014. In 2016, Min returned to Los Angeles to join the acclaimed Spring restaurant owned by Michellin Starred Chef Tony Esnault. As Chef de Cuisine Min brought his exceptional attention to detail, pedigreed resume, and – as always – love, to the kitchen. While at Spring the restaurant earned a fourth place spot on Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants List.
At Fishing with Dynamite Min looks forward to working with the most pristine seafood he can find, and creating soulful and delicious dishes for his guests. On his days off you can find Min growing vegetables, foraging, hiking or snowboarding with friends.
General Manager, Fishing with Dynamite
Yanni Walker originally joined the family as a server at our sister restaurant, Manhattan Beach Post upon opening in 2011. Walker was inspired by Chef LeFevre’s vision, culture, and culinary approach. Within a couple of years Walker realized that the culinary world would help to shape the foundation for the rest of his life. With the support of the team at M.B. Post, and mentorship of Chef LeFevre and Operating Partner Jerry Garbus, Walker earned his Level One Sommelier certification, and produced some of the restaurant’s most notable cocktails. Walker continued to cultivate his innate talent for hospitality by transitioning from server, to bartender, manager, assistant general manager and finally, Fishing with Dynamite’s guiding General Manager.
Walker’s very first introduction to the restaurant business was as a dishwasher and cashier for Sbarro’s in Orange County at just fifteen years old. He takes pride in having worked at a variety of restaurant types and positions, with guests and crewmembers from all backgrounds, from which he has learned to appreciate the power of being of service to others, and the determination and commitment required to grow in this industry. His passion for hospitality revolves around everything from food and wine, to service and leadership. He believes that having the absolute best product available for consumption, and creating a happy environment for his guests and crew, is the key to real success in hospitality.
When he’s not in the restaurant you’ll find Walker mixing his own cocktails for both Instagram and consumption, out for a meal with his wife, or on the golf course.
Executive Pastry Chef
Uyen Nguyen was born in Bien Hoa, Vietnam and raised in Orange County, CA. As the youngest of six daughters, it was expected that she would take on a “traditional” career after receiving her Bachelors degree in International Relations from the University of California, Irvine. However, following a stint at a mortgage company, Nguyen bid adieu to corporate America and enrolled at the internationally acclaimed culinary institute, Ecole Lenotre in 2001.
With mixed reactions from her parents and a cheering section made up of her sisters and friends, she embarked on a fantastic journey, which has since included such celebrated establishments as Patisserie Gaulupeau in Versailles, France and Tom Collichio's celebrated Craftsteak in Las Vegas. In 2006 Nguyen joined Three Star Michelin Chef, Guy Savoy's first American restaurant at Caesar’s Palace where she became the first female Pastry Chef to lead Savoy’s team. The restaurant garnered Two Michelin Stars in 2007, after only one year of opening. In 2011, Uyen embarked on a new adventure as chef owner and operator of GORGE, where she managed operations and of course shared her passion for pastry with her guests. GORGE enjoyed critical acclaim and was named one of LA’s top 75 Restaurants in 2014 by Los Angeles Magazine.
Nguyen currently enjoys the role of Executive Pastry Chef where she brings her creativity, substantial pedigree, and exemplary leadership to the growing bread and pastry program at M.B. Post, Fishing with Dynamite and The Arthur J.
General Manager, Manhattan Beach Post
Operating Partner & Wine Director, Fishing with Dynamite
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jerry Garbus is a self-proclaimed Southern California boy. He got his start in the restaurant business as a bus boy at P.F. Chang’s and worked his way up to management in less than two years. Consequently, he was chosen to be a part of the opening Management team for P.F. Chang's Burbank, an experience that he calls an extraordinary opportunity as he helped build and train all departments of the staff from scratch. These experiences prepared him for his time as the General Manager and Wine Director at King’s Seafood Company (Ocean Avenue Seafood, Water Grill, and i Cugini).
As the Wine Director of Ocean Avenue Seafood, Jerry's personal involvement earned him a nomination for Food & Wine Magazine's "Hot Shot Sommelier" in 2008. Now at Manhattan Beach Post and Fishing with Dynamite, Garbus' beverage experience bleeds into the procurement and management of craft beer and artisanal spirits, in addition to curating the wine lists for both restaurants.
Jerry's true love for the restaurant business comes from the fact that dining out is a special experience. "I remember most of the great meals I’ve had, who I had them with, the food I ate, the wine I was drinking and the occasion" he says, "My job is essentially, to facilitate that kind of experience. To be an orchestrator of memories, if you will."
When he's not busy at Manhattan Beach Post or Fishing with Dynamite, Jerry loves to travel, run, take afternoon naps and enjoy great meals with friends.