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2002 N. Main St. (20th St.) Send to Phone
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Daytime dining from chef Joachim Splichal in a museum courtyard.
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Dining room at Tangata, Santa Ana, CA

Tangata Restaurant Review

: Though Joachim Splichal's restaurants are generally dinner destinations, this outpost in the courtyard of the Bowers Museum represents a most welcome foray into daytime dining. The patio lends a Spanish vibe, with views of white stucco walls, red brick roofs and hanging purple bougainvillea. Inside, the modern space is cheerful and bright with its floating brass artwork and glass ceilings. The kitchen turns out seasonal Euro-Cal dishes. Start your meal with refreshing iced tea or a glass of wine to pair with the soup du jour; classic salad with radish, tomato and herb vinaigrette; or a yogurt parfait with house-made granola. Grilled hanger steak complemented by charred shishito peppers and fried lotus root is a good choice for a main, although those who are looking for a more traditional lunchtime nosh may be drawn to sandwiches, such as the albacore tuna melt with olive tapenade. While the wine list is very short, the by-the-glass selections are rather good and mostly from California and Oregon. And in true Patina Group style, the house-made gelatos and sorbets at meal’s end are worth the wait.

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