Safire Safire
Plaza Mission Oaks
4850 Santa Rosa Rd. (U.S. 101)
Camarillo, CA 93012
Cuisine: Contemporary
Contemporary cuisine in the heart of Camarillo.
Openings: Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly


Safire Restaurant Review:

Safire bistro is one of the culinary surprises amid the strip-mall mentality of Camarillo. The open kitchen allows a view of its wood-stoked oven that burns through oak and mesquite. Out of that oven, chef Christopher Bryan pulls thin-crust pizzas topped with salmon, dill and caviar, or Fontina, prosciutto and baby arugula. The place is heavy on Asian flavors (think tempura-fried, ginger-crusted ahi and miso-broiled black cod) mixed with Mediterranean dishes, and the menu fluctuates seasonally. In addition to desserts like flourless chocolate cake à la mode and brûlée of banana split, the menu offers lesser indulgences, such as mini crème brûlée and chocolate profiteroles. Smartly appointed booths make for a comfortable and stylish dining experience. Private rooms and a large patio offer even more options, as do tables in the lounge area. A glass-walled wine cellar holds a table for eight. There's a full bar, along with microbrewed beers and a comprehensive wine list specializing in Californian vintners.

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