Sebastian’s: Filled With Beautiful Energy

Chef Karimi. Photo by Freddy Flores

San Pedro’s newest Downtown restaurant by Chef Karimi
By Desiree Rew

Ask Chef and Co-owner Nima Karimi why eat at Sebastian’s and he’ll say you will leave “filled with beautiful energy and satisfaction from having new daily specials and Sebastian’s favorites.”

At 309 W. 7th Street, Sebastian’s Mediterranean Cuisine is the newest restaurant in a duo of dining establishments with Chef Karimi at the helm. He likewise owns Matteo’s Pizza (1621 S. Gaffey Street) which opened last year.

Born in Norway, Chef Karimi explains that he uses his Norwegian roots together with 20-plus years of cooking experience to create recipes that satisfy what he defines as each customer’s own hungers and expectations. He describes his work in the kitchen as enhanced by his handling of the fresh ingredients needed to make the dishes that his audience will embrace. There is a pleasure and commitment that goes into creating each dish for the menu. Chef Karimi says when he looks out of the kitchen and sees someone enjoying his food at that moment it’s all worth it.

Sebastian’s menu is rich with foods packed with the flavor of the core ingredients found in Mediterranean cuisine—olives, olive oil, and beans. On the menu you will discover a delicious hummus trio made of garbanzo, black bean, and roasted red peppers blended with fresh garlic, oil, and lime juice. If you close your eyes and hold a dol-¬lop of the hummus in your mouth, you can distinguish all the spices. Lamb, chicken, and filet mignon are likewise available for those who prefer to eat meat marinated with fresh herbs and Mediterranean spices.

You can get vegetarian options such as the eastern Mediterranean salad Tabbouleh on the menu along with other vegetarian options if your wish not to eat meat. Italian favorites like lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, and tiramisu are additional options bound to charm the most demanding taste buds. If you order the appetizer sampler, they will display the platter of 4-appetizers on a lazy susan for easy sharing. This will be the hardest working lazy susan you’ll run across in San Pedro.

Sebastian’s is an intimate and pleasant restaurant for every type of diner. Whether you arrive with family, friends, or alone you will have an encounter you won’t likely forget for weeks to come. For fur-¬ther information about Sebastian’s Mediterranean Cuisine visit their website

Desiree Rew is a freelance food and travel writer. She is a member of the Association of Food Journalists