Eats Kitchen & Bar at Hotel Irvine
On a recent staycation at Hotel Irvine, I had the privilege of dining at their restaurant Eats Kitchen &Bar. The restaurant has vibrant décor and a circular bar centerpiece, making it the perfect spot to enjoy Chef Jason’s creative twist on comfort food while you sip on craft beers, interesting wines and signature handcrafted cocktails. EATS features lots of indoor and outdoor space, including a cozy fire pit, make lounging a must.
Rather than choose items off a menu I allowed the Chef to choose a for me. I am not typically brave enough for to allow someone to dictate what I eat, however, I was feeling adventurous that night and couldn’t wait to see what chef had picked.
I started off with an old Fashioned because I am a whiskey girl at heart. It definitely hit the spot and got my taste buds ready for what was to come.
First up was a delicious Charcuterie platter with a hearty mix of cured meats, local cheeses, brie, honeycomb, nuts, and Crostini.
Then came a fig and prosciutto crostini. This was delicious and I ended up eating just the top so I didn’t fill up before my main entree.
Before our main entrees came a cauliflower medley that included purple cauliflower. It was seasoned with sesame oil and salt and it was so good! It did not taste like vegetables at all so my son even had a few bites.
My 9-year-old loves bacon and he just couldn’t resist a bacon cheeseburger. It came with a side of truffle fries and he ate nearly every bite of it.
Chef chose all-natural short ribs for me that were served with garlic herb grits that I absolutely loved!. The meat was so tender and the grits were a perfect complement. I would definitely order this again and the serving size was perfect considering all of the food we ate before this.
Thos that know me well will know that I NEVER say no to dessert. No matter how full or how uncomfortable I am, I will always say yes. This particular evening I had a dessert that I have never had in a restaurant before – Monkey bread. Oh my gosh, it was fantastic. It was a small little bunt, served warm that you could just pull apart with your fork. It tasted like a cinnamon roll, only better. And the scoop of cold vanilla ice cream only added to the incredible flavors in this masterpiece. I suggest ordering two, though, as I think I could have eaten this all to myself.
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