Winter Menu Items in Newport Beach
The chilly temps (and by chilly, we mean in the 60s) have us craving all kinds of comfort food. Whether it’s syrup-soaked pancakes for brunch or a sizzling steak with creamy mashed potatoes for dinner, it’s safe to say we aren’t counting calories this winter. And no matter what you have a hankering for, Newport Beach’s assortment of top-notch restaurants is sure to please your palate this season. So slip on your stretchy pants because we’ve rounded up our favorite winter dishes for you to enjoy!
Must-Try Seasonal Dish: House Whipped Ricotta
Featuring roasted grapes, toasted pine nuts and prosciutto, A+O Restaurant | Bar’s House Whipped Ricotta is a decadent way to start any evening out. This seasonal appetizer is served with warm house focaccia for dipping and pairs perfectly with a glass of Donnhoff Ð Riesling, which features notes of green apples, pear drops and chamomile. Sip and savor this pairing on the restaurant’s heated patio during sunset, where you’ll get to take in bay views and watch the boats cruise by.
Must-Try Seasonal Dish: SRF – Pressed Pork Belly
Much like the stylish hotel it’s a part of, The Mayor’s Table is sophisticated in its approach, offering guests an elevated destination for a seafood-centric meal. And while sea-to-table dishes like the Seared Diver Scallops and Charred Spanish Octopus shine, the SRF – Pressed Pork Belly is a must-try this winter. Prepared with butternut squash, fennel pollen and red mustard, this entree is both flavorful and filling.
Must-Try Seasonal Dish: Bone Broth Chicken Ramen
When it comes to fresh, seasonal dining, True Food Kitchen takes the cake. This eco-chic restaurant at Fashion Island serves up health-conscious fare in a contemporary setting. Dig into winter delicacies like their Roasted Butternut Squash Pizza, Winter Harvest Salad and Bone Broth Chicken Ramen with spicy broth, roasted mushroom, jammy egg, edamame and jalapeño. This is comfort food you can feel good about eating!
Must-Try Seasonal Dish: Bourbon-Braised Kurobuta Pork Short Rib
Known for its fresh seafood, prime cuts of beef and stellar wine list, it’s no wonder Olea is a go-to spot for some fine dining. Each dish is prepared daily from scratch and made with exceptionally fresh and seasonal ingredients, including handpicked local produce. This winter, on the menu, you’ll find everything from Housemade Sugar Pumpkin Agnolotti and Fried Green Tomato with Fresh Burrata to Bourbon-Braised Kurobuta Pork Short Rib.
Must-Try Seasonal Dish: Grilled Soy Dijon Rubbed Pork Tenderloin
Set on the lush grounds of Roger’s Gardens, it’s easy to see why Farmhouse is a hotspot for a farm-to-table meal. This seasonal restaurant prides itself on using the freshest flavors of the season. Their winter menu features an assortment of delectable plates—think Grilled Soy Dijon Rubbed Pork Tenderloin, Blistered Gochujang Glazed Brussels Sprouts and French Fried Satsumaimo Sweet Potatoes. Swing by for a leisurely lunch or enjoy a romantic date night under the twinkling lights; either way, you can’t go wrong with a meal at Farmhouse.
Written by: Kaylin Waizinger