Andrei’s Specials

Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine in Irvine, CA is my regular hangout.  Their regular menu has an excellent choice of dishes, with appetizers that could be a full meal, very fresh salads, and entrees that can please any palate.  Where the Chef (Yves Fournier) really gets to shine is in daily specials.

On a recent visit we first started with the day’s special soup, a shrimp bisque, and the always great tomato and burrata salad,

Then we really enjoyed the day’s special dishes:

Halibut served over red beet quinoa, with a yogurt herb dressing, and wonderful asparagus….

…and pistachio and mustard crusted loin of lamb, served with roasted garlic potatoes.

Susi was in the mood for Rose, so we got a bottle of Whispering Angel by Chateau D’Esclans (Cote de Provence).  The food was exceptional!  We shared a goat cheese cheesecake for dessert and found this to be another perfect Friday night dinner to start off our weekend.

On the way in, we ran into our buddy, pastry chef Elyssa Fournier, who had been baking english muffins for Mother’s Day brunch.  She gave us a bunch to take home, and I was inspired to make a “Mark McMuffin” – but that is for a separate post!


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