Those of you who are fans of the original Eat Chow will be delighted to find its second location now open for business off the Pacific Coast Highway. The Hungry Dogg and I paid them a visit to see what the new place is all about.
I was immediately attracted to the beachy feel, the aqua colors, and just the overall relaxed and casual surroundings in which to dine in.
We started with Beer Battered Onion Rings ($4.50), my choice, served with a Point Reyes blue cheese dip. It’s been quite a long time since I’ve had really good onion rings as most places can’t seem to batter the rings correctly. The ones here are simply perfect with a crispy coating surrounding soft sweet onions.
Our server suggested Truffled Parmesan Fries ($5) as well, and I was glad he did because these did not disappoint. I like my fries thin and crispy and these were exactly the way I love ‘em. The sprinkling of Italian parsley and cheese gave them added flavor which they didn’t need as they were so good on their own.
I love clams and when I saw something entitled We Love Steamed Clams ($11) on the menu, I was like “SO DO I” and yep, they were definitely exactly how we like them. Steamed with garlic, white wine, pancetta, fresh parmesan, lemon and served with pesto toasted baguette, this was indeed the highlight of the meal. Delicious!
If you’re looking for something lighter for lunch, Ribeye Thai Beef Salad ($14) might just hit the spot. Although the marinated ribeye were sliced a tad too thin and was a little dry, the lime ginger dressing, as well as the lemon grass, basil, cilantro, mint, mixed greens, carrots and daikon, helped alleviate that issue. Crispy onions were a great addition creating a lovely textural contrast to the dish. There was also red pepper roulli drizzled on top, but I didn’t feel it needed to be there.
Austin saw Steak Diane ($17) on the menu and wanted to try it. I’ve had this as a child and wanted to see if it was similar to what I remembered. Seared tenderloin is topped with a sauce of shallots, mushroom, bordelaise and, dijon. Accompanied by cauliflower mashed potatoes and garlic pernod sauteed spinach, it was certainly a more sophisticated version of my childhood dish. A nice generous portion with to-die-for acoutrements.
The most surprising item was the Vanilla Lavender Pot Du Creme ($8) with fresh berry compote topped with whipped cream. Yes I know, I’m not a dessert fan, yet, lately, I’ve found some awesome sweets tempting my palate. This is one of them. Needless to say, I ate my half — ravished actually — and will be back to have it again!
Eat Chow 2 has graciously donated a $25 gift certificate for one of my readers to win. Leave me a comment telling me what you will most likely be ordering there for a chance. For an extra chance, “like” Eat Chow’s Facebook page and leave a comment telling me you’ve done so. Entries end on Sunday, May 27. Winner will be announced on Monday 28. Good Luck.
Eat Chow 2
211 62nd Street
Newport Beach, CA 92663