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April 2011 Archive

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Openings

The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon is scheduled to open in Anaheim in Fall 2011. The country-western themed establishment will play host to live music and offer a menu of steaks and seafood. Michael Jordan (son of Matteo's founder Matteo Giordano) is overseeing food & beverage operations, including a 5,000-bottle wine cellar. Jordan is a Master Sommelier and was formerly general manager of Napa Rose at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. For more information, visit www.ranchinc.com. The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon, 1025 E. Ball Rd., Anaheim, CA 92805, 714-817-4200.
 
Katsuya by Starck has opened in Laguna Beach. Like the other locations in Brentwood, Hollywood, L.A. Live and Glendale, the restaurant is designed by Philippe Starck. On offer is sushi and robata dishes as well as new signature items and a kids' menu. Katsuya by Starck, 858 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651, 949-793-4030.
 
Orange Hill Restaurant has unveiled O Bar, their revamped lounge concept. Set against a large floor-to-ceiling glass wall that opens to the venue's famed hilltop panoramic view, O Bar is festooned with a mid-century modern style replete with Murano chandeliers, comfortable furniture pieces and an orange grand piano. The menu offers a host of signature drinks, cigars and small bites, ranging from scratch-made buttermilk onion rings to lamb chops served over creamy garlic potatoes. O Bar is open 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 4:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Happy Hour is served Monday through Friday from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Orange Hill Restaurant, 6410 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, CA 92869, 714-997-2910.
 

News Bytes

Molecular Gastronomy Menu at AnQi Gourmet Bistro by Crustacean
AnQi Gourmet Bistro by Crustacean has introduced their molecular gastronomy menu for 2011, which will be served on Mondays in the restaurant's private Q dining room during dinner hours. The menu features six-, eight-, and 10-item studies in deconstructed cuisine, highlighted by such items as the lobster summer roll with Vietnamese herbs and elderflower gelee, and the foie gras nigiri with eel and a burnt-honey emulsion. Prices range from $60-$100 depending on the number of courses ordered. An eight party minimum and one week reservation lead time are currently required to explore this menu; these prerequisites will be lifted beginning June 6, but reservations will still be strongly suggested after this date. AnQi Gourmet Bistro by Crustacean, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-557-5679.
 
"5 for 6 'til 7" Happy Hour at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Newport Beach has renewed their "5 for 6 'til 7" happy hour program with a trio of additional menu items. The latest $6 selections include the roasted mushroom ravioli appetizer stuffed with Portobello and shiitake mushrooms in a porcini butter sauce, and the sparkling "tickled pink" cocktail, a 99-calorie beverage that features a blend of Belevdere Vodka, orange juice, raspberries and a splash of Italian Mionetto Prosecco. The new choices are featured alongside a host of $6 wines and $6 appetizers, including seared ahi tuna and a prime burger. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Fashion Island, 455 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660, 949-720-9633.
 


Chef Shuffle

Amar Santana has moved on from his position as executive chef at Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza. He has departed the popular Costa Mesa venue in order to prepare for the launch of his own restaurant, Broadway by Amar Santana, which is slated to open in Laguna Beach later this year. A replacement for Santana has yet to be announced. Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-352-2525.
 

 

Closings

CLOSED FOR GOOD
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TerraNova, the featured restaurant in Costa Mesa's Wyndham Orange County hotel, has closed. The Wyndham has announced that it will be replaced by a larger venue named The Silver Trumpet. The new dining establishment is slated to open at the end of April. TerraNova, Wyndham Orange County, 3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, no phone.
 

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