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bluEmber Restaurant Review: Located just off the lobby of the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa is bluEmber. Executive chef Robert Nyerick has created an inventive spin on California/New American cuisine. Fried Brussels sprouts have just the right amount of kick with smoked pepper vinaigrette and sprinkling of cojita. Maple Leaf duck breast features a velvety butternut squash purée that complements the slightly gamey taste. Meanwhile, grilled asparagus is slightly charred and tossed with chunks of blue cheese. Signature dishes include pan-seared striped bass with dino kale and a creative carrot-cashew pesto, and a grilled rib-eye with warm potato salad and green garlic chimichurri. Skuna Bay salmon, available on both the lunch and dinner menus, may be prepared a textbook medium rare upon request. The wine list offers an array of domestic and international selections. Happy hour is a real bargain with a $5 libations menu and $2 off all lounge menu fare. Done in rich chocolate hues and with arched windows overlooking the resort grounds, bluEmber greets guests with a bar at its entrance.