>Newport Restaurant Week Jan 21-27


sesame ahi tuna

I was invited to the Pelican Hill Resort for a launch party to kick off Newport Restaurant Week which starts this Friday, January 21st and runs until Thursday, January 27th. As part of the festivities, attendees were treated to the grandeur of The Coliseum Pool and Grill where the party was held.

Inspired by the famed Coliseum in Rome, Italy, this salt-water circular pool is surrounded by private cabanas, all of which can be viewed from the terrace of the Grill. Various stations offer samplings of tidbits including sliders, sesame ahi tuna, beef tartare, seared scallops, a Thai-inspired beef pasta, an extensive dessert station of gelato, cheesecake pops and creme brulee which are torched on site.

Thai inspired beef pasta

Inside the Grill, a spread of exotic and unique cheeses are laid out with scrumptious plump strawberries, blackberries, dried fruit, and my favorite, honeycomb.

The Resort is absolutely stunning and service impeccable. After the event, Holly of Savored and I sat in the lobby lounge area for another few hours just chatting away and the restaurant manager checked back periodically to see if we needed anything. There was never a feeling that we weren’t welcomed. We were welcomed to stay for the entire time we were there and neither Holly nor I wanted to leave.

If you are looking for a few hours of luxurious treatment, just spend an afternoon here. You’ll see what I mean!

For a list of participating restaurants please visit: Newport Restaurant Week 2011 

22651 Pelican Hill Road, Newport Beach, CA 92657. Tel: 949-467-6800