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September 2010 Archive

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Openings

Café Grill, which focuses only on healthy and affordable Orange County-inspired cuisine, has opened in Fountain Valley. OC native chef James Peters trained at Orange Coast College and recently returned from a stint at a prestigious restaurant in Yorkshire, England. With Café Grill, chef Peters has created a chic, yet relaxed OC atmosphere with an organic feel and paintings by area artists. The food features local ingredients and OC influences in its menu full of soups, salads, sandwiches, steaks and sandwiches. Café Grill is open for lunch Mon.-Sat and dinner Tues.-Sun. Café Grill, 17900 Magnolia St., Fountain Valley, CA 92708, 714-963-7925.
 
The Capital Grille has opened at South Coast Plaza's former upstairs Clubhouse space. (Seasons 52 has opened in the same space downstairs.) This fine-dining restaurant features dry-aged, hand-carved steaks and fresh seafood. Some menu items include porcini-rubbed Delmonico steak with a 12-year aged balsamic, seared citrus-glazed king salmon, lobster macaroni and cheese, and flourless chocolate espresso cake. The restaurant's first California location opened recently in Beverly Hills. For oenophiles, The Capital Grille offers an extensive wine list with more than 3,000 bottles and private wine lockers for lease. The Capital Grille, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-432-1140.
 
The creators and owners of Old Towne Orange's Haven Gastropub are opening a new fast-casual concept, taco asylum. Located at The Camp in Costa Mesa, taco asylum is set to open this winter. The restaurant is serving non-traditional tacos with global ingredients and meats such as pork belly, short rib, octopus and escolar. The 40-seat taco asylum will also features indoor, patio and counter seating. For more information, visit www.tacoasylum.com.
 
Kappa Ramen, which specializes in traditional Japanese ramen shop fare, has opened in Anaheim. Chef Eiji Kanazawa's basic broth recipe uses chicken and pork bones; noodles are made according to strict specifications. The "signature" ramen features a tonkotsu pork broth infused with organic kimchi and served with avocado, spinach, bean sprouts and corn. Other menu highlights are yaki soba, tofu steak, fried rice and chicken salad. Kappa Ramen, 3024 W. Ball Rd., Anaheim, CA 92804, 714-828-2210.
 
Kabuki Japanese Restaurant has opened its latest Orange County location in the Brea Marketplace. The design draws on Japanese culture and features murals, a back-lit bar, outdoor patio, and polished wood and granite sushi bars. The menu offers sushi, sashimi and signature dishes like Mediterranean sea bass with Kabuki tomato salsa, corn, asparagus and Japanese mint. Kabuki Japanese Restaurant, Brea Marketplace, 975 E. Birch St. #K, Brea, CA 92821, 714-255-0090.
 

News Bytes

Marché Moderne Debuts Nightly Tasting Menu
Marché Moderne chef and proprietor Florent Marneau, along with his pastry chef wife Amelia Marneau, has debuted a nightly five-course tasting menu. The tasting menu changes as the chef is inspired by the market and the seasons. Some menu items may include hamachi crudo, cured and lightly smoked sturgeon, caramelized duck breast, petite langoustines and baba au rum with red wine and butter gelato. The cost is $79 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity) and an extra $38 for excellent wine pairings. A cheese course costs an extra $12. This no-substitutions tasting menu must be ordered for the entire table and advance reservations are recommended. Marché Moderne, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-434-7900.
 
Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's Hosts Digital Happy Hour
Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza is hosting an innovative "digital happy hour" every Thursday from 5:30 p.m-7:30 p.m. Each week, a new show is taped directly from the restaurant with chef Amar Santana, tastemaker Sean Saint-Louis and other special guests. Anyone can tune in online and watch chef Santana and guests eat, drink and talk about the latest trends in food, film, mixology, sports, fashion and entertainment. Virtual guests can interact with the hosts via social media tools including Twitter (@digitalhappyhr) and Facebook. Participants also have the chance to win gifts such as food and drink at Charlie Palmer, tickets to performances and merchandise from South Coast Plaza retailers. To view online, visit www.ustream.tv/channel/digitalhappyhour. Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza, South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-352-2525.
 


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Closings

CLOSED FOR GOOD
Take your taste buds on a walk down memory lane! Check out our exclusive closed restaurant database for Orange County to virtually visit your favorite dining spots from yesteryear. Aqua, R.I.P.

Two beloved downtown Laguna Beach restaurants, hush and Five Feet, have closed. Both chef and proprietor Michael Kang of Five Feet and proprietor Chris Rock of hush were unable to renegotiate their leases and were forced to shutter their fine-dining eateries.
 

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