In Los Angeles, providing healthy eating dining options and accommodating various dietary needs are crucial for restaurants. La Sandia in Santa Monica recently introduced their Light Latin menu by Chef Richard Sandoval with dishes less than 500 calories. Chef Sandoval has partnered up with celebrity dietician and nutritionist Dian Henderiks to create healthy twists on classic Mexican food. The Latin Light menu includes flavorful and delicious dishes without skimping on flavor.
Mexican food and margaritas go hand in hand and luckily, there were two options for us to choose from on the Latin Light menu, both under 150 calories!
Latin Light Margarita with Lime, tequila, citrus juices, nectreese sugar and lime. Nectreese sugar is a natural sugar substitute from fruit. The drink was sweet but not overly so with the perfect amount of citrus and kick. I could have easily downed a pitcher of this light margarita.
Sandia with muddled watermelon, tequila citrus juices, nectreese sugar and lime. This was such a fun and fruity drink with the watermelon.
We started dinner with the Shrimp Ceviche which was marinated in a creamy citrus-habanero broth, avocado tomato and pickled onion. The flavors blended together so well with segments of oranges in the citrus broth complimenting the subtle spicy kick from the habanero. This is a great starter if you're choosing healthier options at a Mexican restaurant.
For our entrees:
Chicken Taco Platter served with Bean Puree, Onion, Goat Cheese, Cilantro, & Truffle Oil (482 calories)
Harris Ranch Hanger Steak with chimichurri and salsa roja (332 calories)
Both were served with lettuce wraps and a side of pico de gallo salad, pinto beans and guacamole. The portion size was the perfect amount of food. Most Mexican restaurants are known for overflowing huge platters of food where you leave feeling uncomfortably stuffed. The plate was aesthetically pleasing with all the different components on the plate and encourages you to make your own lettuce wrap with all the different ingredients. Instead of the usual tortillas, we had crisp lettuce to wrap our ingredients in, I didn't miss the tortillas at all! The chicken and steak were both very tender and flavorful, we cleaned our plates and felt perfectly satiated and not stuffed.
For a sweet ending to a great meal, we couldn't turn down the churros on the dessert menu. Though, it isn't part of the Latin Light menu, we decided to indulge on dessert and it didn't disappoint. The churros came out piping hot fresh out of the fryer with a generous amount of cinnamon sugar coating and a warm chocolate and caramel sauce to dip them in. We washed them down with horchatas, a delicious blend of almonds, milk and cinnamon in a cool and refreshing drink. The server told us it takes them 4 hours to make everyday, it was the best horchata we've ever had and the perfect post dinner drink.
395 Santa Monica Place, 305 N
Santa Monica, CA 90401