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April 2012 Archive

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Openings

Umami Burger, the popular Los Angeles-based chain noted for their gourmet hamburgers and signature cocktails, has opened its first location in Orange County. Nestled in the confines of the hip Costa Mesa shopping center The Camp, the casual venue's menu features L.A. favorites such as the tandoori chicken curry burger with black-lentil spread, hatch-chile burger, and eponymous burger featuring shiitake mushrooms, caramelized onions and a parmesan crisp. The location also boasts a modest list of microbrews. For more information, please visit www.umami.com/umami-burger. Lunch & Dinner daily. Umami Burger, The Camp, 2981 Bristol St. Ste. B-2, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 714-957-8626.
 
Fig & Olive, the Mediterranean restaurant with locations in New York and West Hollywood, will open a Fashion Island branch in 2013. It will occupy its own structure with a terra cotta ceiling, limestone stucco walls, and rosemary and olive trees. Executive chef Pascal Lorange's menu will feature shareable small plates (e.g. fig-Gorgonzola tartlet, zucchini carpaccio) and dinner entrées such as seared sea scallops with truffle artichoke tapenade. The wine list will focus on varietals from the South of France, Italy and Spain. Fig & Olive, 401 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660, no phone.
 
The Los Angeles-based Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop is bringing its gourmet salad and sandwich concept to Orange County for the first time. The eatery's new Costa Mesa property, which is slated to open April 30, will boast a larger space then their other two venues, located in Beverly Hills and Century City. In addition to the restaurant's menu of healthy, custom-made salad and sandwich options, the locale will also have a wine bar, an on-site chef's garden, and a marketplace featuring several house-made, to-go items such as bottled dressings and baked goods. For more information, visit www.greenleafchopshop.com. Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner daily.
 

News Bytes

New Bar Bites Menu at Broadway by Amar Santana
Broadway by Amar Santana is now offering a special "bar bites" menu. The downtown Laguna Beach venue's special, happy hour-like menu features several opportunities to indulge in a host of small plate offerings of the eponymous chef's take on contemporary cuisine. Sample dishes include crispy chicken croquette with orange aioli; chicken livers with shiitake mushrooms, scallions and balsamic brown butter; and black angus beef sliders with roasted garlic mayo. The menu is offered Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m.-6 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. For more information, please visit www.broadwaybyamarsantana.com. Broadway By Amar Santana, 328 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach, CA 92651, 949-715-8234.
 
Three-course, Prix-fixe Dinner at Prime Cut Café
Prime Cut Café in Orange is offering a special three-course, prix-fixe dinner menu built around the eatery's American bistro milieu. The menu allows guests to build their own meal by choosing from eight different starters, six different entrées and four desserts. Selected dishes include Fiji apple salad with frisee, candied pecans, and Pt. Reyes blue cheese; marinated roasted beet and avocado salad; herb-roasted Jidori chicken with bread salad and whipped potatoes; and house-made chocolate chip cookies and milk. The cost of the meal is $20, plus tax and gratuity. For more information, please visit www.primecutcafe.com. Prime Cut Cafe, Stadium Promenade Center, 1547 W. Katella Ave., Orange, CA 92867, 714-532-4300.
 
The Tradition Room Pop-Up at Brasserie Pascal
Brasserie Pascal is hosting its own "pop-up" restaurant, called "The Tradition Room." Every element of this exclusive concept, which is hosted in the Newport Beach venue's bar lounge, is overseen by former Tradition by Pascal executive chef and owner Pascal Olhats, from the room's elegant decor to the rotating three-to-five course prix fixe menus. The culinary offerings are highlighted by several popular dishes that were served at Tradition before it closed in January. Cost of the dinners range from $45 to $65. Wine pairings can be added for an additional $25 to $40. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling 949-640-2700 or by logging onto www.pascalnpb.com. Brasserie Pascal, Fashion Island, 327 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660, 949-640-2700.
 
Small Plates, Big Pours at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is offering a Small Plates, Big Pours promotion in the bar area through May 10, 2012. For $24.95, guests can select a small plate (sliced filet mignon, seared ahi tuna, lobster tempura, etc.) paired with an oversized wine pour. The selections range from Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley to Penley Estate Gryphon Merlot from Australia. For more information, visit www.flemingssteakhouse.com. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Fashion Island, 455 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660, 949-720-9633.
 
Three-Seventy Common Kitchen has launched Sunday Social dinners Sunday Social Dinners at Three-Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink
Three-Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink hosts a special Sunday Social dinner specifically designed to be reminiscent of a classic Sunday family supper. Starting at 5 p.m., restaurant owner and executive chef Ryan Adams jettisons the restaurant's normal menu and prepares one rotating, multi-course dinner based on seasonality, fresh ingredients and the concept of comfort food. Prices vary. For a look at the weekly changing menu, please visit www.370common.com. Three Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink, 370 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach, CA 92651, 949-494-8686.
 


Chef Shuffle

Palm Terrace, the Newport Beach restaurant located in the Island Hotel Newport Beach, has launched a revamped lunch and dinner menu. Built by newly appointed executive chef David Man, the menu features farm-to-table takes on California coastal cuisine that emphasizes the relationship between the kitchen and its purveyors. Selected lunch items include pear and blue cheese flatbread, ahi tuna nicoise, and spring vegetable orecchiette. Featured dinner offerings include free-range chicken with organic potatoes, puttanesca with capers and ranch-raised tomatoes, and salmon poached in sparkling wine and served with spring succotash and potato puree. For more information on the menu, visit www.islandhotel.com. Palm Terrace, The Island Hotel Newport Beach, 690 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, CA 92660, 949-760-4920.
 

 

Closings

CLOSED FOR GOOD
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Royal Hawaiian, a fixture on the Laguna Beach dining scene since 1947, has closed its doors. The reasons given for the shuttering include the price of rent on the facility, the current economic climate, and a city-mandated time restriction on the hours in which live music could be played in its facility. No immediate plans have been made for the building, which was originally built in 1919. Royal Hawaiian, 331 N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, CA 92651, no phone.
 

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