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Oak Grill at the Island Hotel

We dined as a guest of Oak Grill
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Families are invited to have an epicurean experience at the all-new Oak Grill at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. Earlier this summer, we had a sneak peek of the cuisine that is being served at the new restaurant, and we have been craving a return for more.

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We started the night enjoying drinks and appetizers from Aqua Lounge before having a poolside dinner hosted by Oak Grill. The tasting began with a tandoori spiced tuna tartare with Asian pears, avocado, cucumber and curry oil. The dish was light, refreshing and perfect to enjoy on a summer afternoon while basking in the cool ocean breezes on the patio of Oak Grill.

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Next, we tried the Heirloom tomato “BLT” Panzanella. The dish was presented in a small mason jar that was filled with crispy pork belly (my favorite) avocado and field greens. Although this is not a kid-friendly dish, I would recommend this when dining for a date night.

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The highlight of the evening was the Seared Maine Diver Scallops with heirloom beans, capers and stewed baby tomatoes. Scallops can go either way; either cooked perfectly or mediocre. For a dinner where they were serving multiple dishes of scallops, they were cooked spot-on. That was a sign that when ordering the scallops during dinner service, that guests can know that their dish will be perfectly cooked.

The scallops were paired with a glass of Chateau Montelena Chardonnay.

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The scallops were followed by a Chilean Sea Bass with cranberry quinoa, peas and a carrot puree. The sea bass melted in my mouth, and the cranberries in the quinoa were an unexpected surprise, and boasted the flavor profile of the fish.

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Dinner was complete with the braised short ribs served with Anson Mills blue corn grits, portobello mushrooms and bordelaise sauce. The rich dish was perfectly paired with a glass of Justin Isosceles Bordeaux Blend.

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We ended the evening over a slice of rocky road bar. The Gianduka chocolate mousse was topped with marshmallow and crispy rice pearls.

Oak Grill is perfect for a family dinner or date night. Expand on your visit to Oak Grill by planning a family staycation at the Island Hotel. Oak Grill is located inside of the Island Hotel at 690 Newport Center Drive in Newport Beach.

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