I'd been waiting a year for owner & chef Richard Mead (formerly of Sage) to open his new restaurant.
The concept fits right in the scene, offering everything from garden fresh Kale & Little Gem Lettuce Salads to a rustic hipster farm table setting, straight out of an Anthropologie catalog.
The service is friendly and attentive, but being new, the restaurant still has a lot of kinks to work out – like giving dinner guests the corresponding menu at meal time, and taking care not to spill a drink on passersby.
The food is good. And, the menu is a mish-mash of California meets Italian meets Asian cuisine.
- curried cauliflower is the star, while succotash is bland, Farmhouse Vegetable Plate with White Beans & Greens, Curried Cauliflower Cous Cous, Lemon Mint Yogurt, Grilled Corn, Peppers, Red Onions, Squash & Farro, Grilled Peach Chutney $23
- light, delicate 'n slightly sweet, Sea Scallops, Shrimp, Mussels & Housemade Pappardelle with Tomato Pernod Cream $30
- piping hot, bursting with flavor, Regier Farms Peach Crisp with Brown Sugar, Oat Topping & Vanilla Bean Ice Cream $8
- herbacious and crisp, Parmesan Rosemary Flatbread with Garden Veggie White Bean Dip (complimentary)
- sadly lacked the Lavender flavor, Love Tender Lavender Gin Collins $14
Even if you're not a vegetarian, the Farmhouse Vegetable Plate is a must try because of its variety and innovative Cauliflower Cous Cous.
Other plates I eyed for next time, include the Asian-inspired Short Ribs, and Housemade Pizzas.
'Til next time!
2301 San Joaquin Hills Road, Corona del Mar, CA 92625. 949-640-1415.