True Food Kitchen – Newport Beach

An exquisite new restaurant has just opened in Fashion Island, Newport Beach, CA.  True Food Kitchen, part of a chain of concept restaurants, is inspired by Dr. Andrew Weil, long time guru of healthy eating.  They focus on simple, pure nutritious ingredients deliciously prepared.  My Gourmet Out To Lunch Bunch peeps and I rate this 5 stars – we found no flaws.  We went yesterday, only 2 weeks after the opening, and arriving just before noon, we had a 20 minute wait!  The decor is simple, serene, yet joyous.  The menu has incredible variety.  We started with Natural Refreshments drinks, including the Medicine Man, the Red Moon, and the Cucumber Refresher.  All were delicious, and not sweet at all, a nice change from usual juice drinks.  BTW, they have a full bar, and reasonable wine list.

For starters we had Edamame Dumplings and Herb Hummus (with pita).  Fresh, vibrant flavors.  Sauce on dumplings was just right.

For next time:  Today’s raw fish, shrimp dumplings, lots of great choices.

For entrees, we had: Columbia River Steelhead Salmon Sandwich, served with a side of either Kale Salad or Sweet Potato Hash (of course).  We also tried the Spaghetti Squash Casserole, Onion Tart with Salad, and Panang Curry.

We had no room for dessert, but they look great too, and we’ll try to save room next time.  We plan to come either early (by 11:45 am) or late (after 1:30 pm) because I think this place will be hopping from now on.

We really appreciate quality food, prepared simply, that somehow still dazzles the palate.  True Food Kitchen lives up to that.  And, they claim that most dishes really embody Weil’s philosophy of anti-inflammatory eating! If this is healthy eating, I could eat healthy 21 times a week!

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