ReMarks ReArrival A ReMarkable Restaurant

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ReMarks ReArrival A ReMarkable Restaurant

                                           

Restaurant reviews. With Glori Fickling ghoneywest@verizon.net

 

Among Orange County’s more prolific restaurateurs, the iconic Mark DePalma, has returned,  once again taking a respite from his longtime catering career to open his third  Laguna Beach restaurant.  This surprise is a re-run of the Laguna Canyon Road location closed a few years ago.  Mark’s original culinary creation was a huge success in the 90’s at 800 South Coast Highway, but when he unexpectedly vacated and returned to catering, the move was a major disappointment to foodie fans.   Then, virtually unannounced in mid December, the dedicated principal celebrated this re-christening, cleverly sustaining his notable name.

 

Caring service appears foremost, alum Scott having returned to welcome guests and attentive service looks assured by such waiters as Juan whose conscientious demeanor reflects classic restaurant expertise.   Enjoy the entry patio, the relaxing interior, or cozy up for a cocktail at the bar.  Reasonable prices and a tastefully selected menu  await attesting to no pretense but lots of class.  Attractive relates to delicious here, as in the ahi tower appetizer,  a succulent stack of sashimi grade tuna bits delectably seasoned with ginger, olive oil, lime and fresh jalapeno, crisp tortilla wedges adding crunchy contrast.  Additional appetizer options are crab cakes, pear salad, green fried tomatoes, caprese salad at $5 to $9.75.

 

Entrees are tantalizing, each presentation picturesquely arranged on gleaming square porcelain plates.  What carnivore could resist the tender, boneless prime short ribs braised and simmered gently, then escorted by delectable gorgonzola risotto, for all of $12.75.  Perhaps even more enticing is the filet mignon which reached a culinary zenith on my visit.  Nestled beneath the same irresistible risotto, exceptionally tender juicy medallions became 4 ounces of perfection elegantly towering atop a portabello mushroom draped with savory sautéed spinach amid tasty roasted shallot sauce, a $14.50 miracle.  Vegetarians may chow down on spicy vegetable curry served atop basmati rice, or munch on the vegetable tower, a grilled veggie medley over ginger risotto basking in tomato basil sauce.  Though every restaurant features its own salmon sensation,  ReMark’s is distinctive, the piquant black peppercorn crusted fish  tastily sided with garlic mashed potatoes in red wine shallot sauce.   Luscious finales range from crème brule and flourless chocolate cake to pumpkin bread pudding and apple tart tatin, the latter wanting a bit more fresh lemon juice to counteract the fruit’s sugared finish.

 

People who love people and love great libations, and  love a happy hour will love  ReMark’s where you sip and sup appetizers and well drinks at $5 per from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday.  Monday brings even bigger treats when Mark replays his famous Monday Half Price Day, serving appetizers and entrees with a 50% discount off the already bargain costs for simply irresistible values along the Laguna Beach restaurant realm.   Following all this proliferating pleasure, we should stay tuned for appealing night life options forthcoming at this enticing new local mecca.

 

ReMarks Laguna Beach

853 Laguna Canyon Rd.;  949 715-8700  

www.remarkslagunabeach.com

 

Welcome Pandor Artisan Boulangerie & Café

 

Restaurant reviews. With Glori Fickling ghoneywest@verizon.net   

Fervent enthusiasm is an understatement when describing the reaction  and turnout for Newport’s grand opening of Pandor Artisan Boulangerie & Café in late July.  Small wonder considering the enticing celebration which welcomed guests with flutes of chilled champagne they sipped while indulging in overstuffed sandwiches heaped atop a bountiful buffet of gourmet delicacies, cheeses and condiments galore.  Scrumptious assorted pastries proffered by the friendly serving staff simply embellished the happy  festivities.

 

This fascinating epicurean treasure expresses the ultimate dream of Tiffany and Raffi Sepetjian who created the chic European style venture based on many visits and avid research via multi trips to France, ultimately procuring the expertise of three premiere chefs to execute individual recipes and preparations for authentic European ambiance and the signature breads guests enjoyed in those delectable little party sandwiches.  Beyond all this bounty came take-out gift bags of the superlative loaves which are baked hourly, each individually formed in a fascinating assortment of shapes and sizes, the delicate aerated textures contrasting toothsome crunchy crusts. 

 

My personal enjoyment of these wonderful breads is nostalgically reminiscent of long ago breakfasts with Eastern relatives when fragrant hot loaves from a nearby Brooklyn bakery were so very memorable.   Pandor, pain d‘or, French for golden bread, serves affordably priced breakfast, lunch, diner daily, from a Continental repast of fresh o.j. toasted Viennoiserie of choice, butter, jam and tea of coffee at $7.95, to salads, paninis, tartines, sandwiches, deli treats and pastries, most less than $10 including Board Specials and a kid’s menu for $5.95.

 

1126A Irvine Ave, Newport Beach

949 209-5099  www.pandorbakery.com

 

Romeo Cucina Presents World Renowned Giovanni.

Restaurant reviews. With Glori Fickling GHoneyWest  

 

What a delightful surprise!  A very special talent is currently attracting patrons anew at Romeo Cucina, the Romeo brothers’ 20 year success in downtown Laguna Beach.  Local devotees  recall that their prominent trattoria immediately captivated the seaside resort with its architectural splendor and the delicious family recipes from their native Italy.  With a wood-burning fireplace that is warmly welcoming, guests readily observe crusty pizzas baking while enjoying drinks and dinner.  True Italian hospitality prevails to this day throughout the restaurant and cocktail lounge. And where else are people tempted with happy hour delights every day from 5 to 7 p,m. with wines by the glass for $3.50, complimentary house baked bread with olive tepanade, and for $7.95 relish a choice of scrumptious specialties. 

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Now, enter phenomenal Italian piano virtuoso, Giovanni, straight from Las Vegas where he and his magnificent crystal grand piano have been captivating society with an inimitable range of concert melodies, original compositions and a fascinating selection of timeless rhythms harking back to the forties.  This world class entertainer’s engaging personality is as fetching as his remarkable talent, and he is quick to express excitement at performing in the inviting settings of intimate eateries after decades of globally onstage recitals for thousands of appreciative audiences worldwide.  His extraordinary multi-talents run the substantial gamut of recording artist, arranger, composer, cartoonist and inventor, the latter for his creation of the Gini Method, a unique rollout keyboard devised to expedite short cut piano lessons

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Guest responses to the very tall, slender musician are remarkable noting the  rapt attention, huge  applause and avid enthusiasm of people as he plays such memorable songs as “Autumn Leaves” and “Just For You” along with fascinating original pieces.. With an easy going persona which contrasts that inimitable high energy, the silver tressed musician is offering his delightful CD, “The Best of Giovanni”, for immediate purchase at Romeo Cucina.  Showcased among a dozen diverse arrangements are “Unchained Melody” “Spanish Eyes”, “When I Fall In Love” and, of course, his ingenious original renditions.  For interesting photos and impressive revelations of this exceptional keyboard genius you will be further impressed when viewing his website:  www.giovanni.com 

 

249 Broadway, Laguna Beach

949 497-6627

www.romeocucina.com

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