Pinot Provence – Westin South Coast Plaza

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Part of the Patina Restaurant Group (Joachim Splichal’s group), Pinot Provence is in the Westin South Coast Plaza, which makes it very convenient for pre-theater at Segerstrom Center for the Arts (new name for OCPAC, if you didn’t know).  French/Locavore inclined, the food is always good, the drinks and wine excellent, the service gracious and efficient (they always take theater deadlines into account).

We had a great meal on Friday night, including Duck confit croquettes – with smoked bacon jam, baby yellow frisée, diced duck egg, vanilla cassis jus, and the Charcuterie – with shaved St. Daniele prosciutto, duck breast,  Soria chorizo, coppa, pickled vegetables, Dijon Chantilly, balsamic onions, and grilled ciabatta.  The starters were delicious.  Wonderful full flavor in all the meats, and the duck confit croquettes were melt-in-your mouth good.

For entrées, I had Roasted Loch Duart salmon – served with cauliflower purée, caramelized cauliflower, marcona almonds, golden raisins, vadouvan curry.  If you haven’t had this unique farmed salmon, try it – it is showing up on more local menus.  Susan enjoyed the day’s special – a very delicate sea bass served with three sauces, and very nicely presented veggie accompaniments.  Susan enjoyed a Proseco with the starter, and Sancerre with the fish. 

Too full for dessert on this trip, but based on previous visits, they do a wonderful job, and we’ll save room next time.

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