I finally, and reluctantly, joined Instagram. I discovered “HungryinLA” (know anything about him/her?) HungryinLA posted a beautiful picture of “Angry Mussels” at Sausal in El Segundo - and I was intrigued. I went for lunch yesterday (apparently the first day of lunch service was Monday, 10/5!). I appreciated Kevin’s HopDoddy report, and though ALL chains, I have had many lunches at The Point since its opening. I was very pleased to be able to visit a non-chain restaurant in El Segundo (suprisingly hard to come by).
Sausal is pretty space, comfortably organized, quite large, and has a full-size bar. We sat outside on the patio/sidewalk. Though only two people, we ordered quite a bit of food - oxtail empandas, freshly made guacamole, the aforementioned Angry Mussels and the Little Gem salad with salmon. We had a friendly waitress who was very knowledgeable about the menu. The chef is clearly interested in the details of her presentation, and the mix of flavors, as well as educating her staff.
The guacamole was very nice, with small cherry tomatoes sliced in half and embedded in it. The empanadas elicited a muffled “excellent”. I do not love salmon, but appreciate its flexibility in dishes. I thought the salmon was a standout - neither overcooked nor under, with excellent flavor. I ate the second half of my salmon salad today and I STILL thought it was excellent. The food was well-executed, the menu sufficiently diverse, and dare I say it, the food quality overall was best in El Segundo by a landslide. I will return for dinner in short order!