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Birthday Dinner and Drinks at Mesa Restaurant

Posted on September 21, 2009 | Food

Girls’ mini-weekend in Costa Mesa and we headed to Mesa Restaurant just a few minutes from our hotel and a short walk to several interesting bars.  Mesa is owned by the same investment group that owns Firefly in Studio City, not suprising considering the minimalist nature of both their websites.  Neither website is a good place to go when looking for information about the chefs, how long they’ve been open, the architecture and design, etc.  The website does not even offer the cocktail menu or the wine list.  Le sigh.  I must make phone calls.  And this review?  Again with the iPhone.  I brought both my cameras for the weekend, but left them both in the hotel room. Read More

Cigar Aficionado Reviews Habana Restaurant

Posted on August 24, 2009 | Food

“I have to give up trying to find a Cuban restaurant in California, maybe even outside of New Jersey and South Florida. Quixotic would be the word that applies most accurately to my search. That said, my quest generally turns up pleasant enough benefits that more than make up. This time at Habana in Costa Mesa, California, with a menu that advertised the cuisine as Cuban, the big prize was the discovery of a patio on which one can enjoy a great cigar with a great dark rum.”

Check out the Cigar Aficionado website for a blog about Costa Mesa’s Habana Restaurant!

California Shabu Shabu

Posted on August 18, 2009 | Food

I recently discovered a very hip and tasty restaurant in Costa Mesa called California Shabu Shabu.

If you are unfamilar with the term Shabu Shabu (as I was) here is a very nice and accurate summary from Wikipedia:

The dish is prepared by submerging a very thin slive of meat or a piece of vegetable in a pot of boiling water or dashi (broth) made with kombu (kelp) and swishing it back and forth several times.  (The familar swishing is where the dish gets its name.  Shabu-shabu directly translates to “swish-swish.”)  Cooked meat and vegetables are usually dipped in ponzu or “goma” (sesame seed) sauce before eating with a bowl of steemed rice. 

Once the meat and vegetables have been eaten, leftover water (not broth) from the pot is customarily combined with the remaining rice, and the resulting soup is usually eaten last.

In all honesty I discovered California Shabu Shabu quite by accident or should I say it was a stroke of luck?  Let me just say that if you are looking for a restaurant in Costa mesa and are looking for a new type of dining experience I highly recommend California Shabu Shabu.

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Le Chateau Restaurant Review

Posted on July 28, 2009 | Food

Le Chateau is a charming bistro nestled in the courtyard of the European, boutique-style Ayres Hotel in Costa Mesa.  Diners can enjoy Le Chateau’s tranquil garden setting on a beautiful sunny day or its old-world style dining room.

I opted for the garden amongst the thriving greenery and a soothing water fountain. Read More

Wolfgang Puck Bistro in South Coast Plaza

Posted on July 13, 2009 | Food

Wolfgang Puck Bistro
3333 Bristol Street
Macy’s South Coast Plaza
Costa Mesa, California 92626
(714) 556-0611
wolfgangpuck.com

Ordered:
Wild Mushroom Bruschetta
Roasted Ruby Beet and Goat Cheese Salad
Tandoori-style Chicken
Bacon-wrapped Meatloaf
L’ Estandon Rosé
Bex Riesling Read More