Tommy Bahama’s delicious island style

I was recently invited to a tasting of Tommy Bahama’s new menu items and as always, I am always excited because I absolutely adore Chef Jacqueline Nabong. Her dishes are always fresh, light and flavorful, drawing upon her Hawaiian heritage and staying true to the island-feel of Tommy Bahama’s care-free image.

Our dinner was served in the private dining room, and as usual, I took tons of photos, but when I went to download them, something was wrong and I ended up losing all the photos I took. So, the photos I’m using is a compilation of ones I’ve found  courtesy of Tommy Bahama.

We started with  Peri Peri Dusted Seared Sea Scallop, a succulent scallop sitting in a citrus ponzu with just enough tartness to whet your appetite. Kumquat slices served both as garnish and a hint of freshness.

A soup of Heirloom Tomato, served with burrata bruschetta was very enjoyable. I love tomato soup and all the produce procured by the restaurant is from Future Foods Farm — a farm specializing in the hydroponic way of farming.

I always love the use of fresh sashimi-grade fish in dishes so Hamachi & Grapefruit did not disappoint. Mache, crushed red pepper, strawberry and a yuzu-soy accompanied.

The combination of kale, edamame, hearts of palm, beech mushrooms, roasted corn, pine nuts might sound like a lot, but together, the acroutrements for this lemongrass encrusted ahi tuna drizzled with tahini-miso vinaigrette was so mouth-puckering good.

A palate cleanser of Spiced Salted Grapefruit did its job perfectly in preparation for the entrees to come.

Seafood lovers will enjoy Hot Iron Swordfish & Barbequed Tiger Shrimp served with a delicious charred corn succotash, spinach, local herb quinoa,in a lemon beurre blanc sauce. The succotash consisted of Israeli cous cous which I absolutely LOVE!

For carnivores, Rock Salt Grilled  Meyer Flat Iron Steak is the way to go. The white bean puree is so delectable I wanted more, and the use of shimeiji mushrooms is in perfect harmony with the Asian influences that is the restaurant’s appeal. The steak is drizzled with a root beer reduction, giving the rich sauce a touch of sweetness to lift the palate.

I’m not a huge fan of dessert and while I enjoyed the Tommy Bahama signature pineapple shaped cookie, I only took a sample of the Malted Pie, Pina Colada Cake, Butterscotch. The pina colada cake surprised me because I don’t usually like coconut, but using toasted coconut here really changed the entire feel of the cake.

I’m never disappointed when I visit Tommy Bahama’s and I am confident, neither will you. Two lucky winners will be selected to win a $50 giftcard courtesy of Tommy Bahama’s. Leave me a comment with your FULL NAME telling me if you’ve been to the restaurant before, if so, your memories, and if not, what you are most excited about trying. Entries close on Sunday, June 10th.

Tommy Bahama’s Bar & Grille
854 Avocado Ave
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Tel: 949-760-8686

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  1. Victoria Yang says

    I’ve never been to Tommy Bahama’s and was surprised to learn there are restaurants associated with the store! Definitely excited to try the hamachi and grapefruit dish (I LOVE HAMACHI.. seriously it’s an obsession – next to my obsession with southwest chicken salads.. don’t ask). And as I’m also a fan of surf and turf, the flank steak looks amazing as well (seared to medium rare perfection)!

  2. says

    I’ve never eaten here before (aren’t they a clothing store, lol?) but that meal looks amazing! I’d love to try that seared scallop and all the other delectable fish dishes!
    – Stephanie Han

  3. Inge Lazuardi says

    I’ve never been to Tommy Bahama’s, but have heard good things about it. I’m most excited to try the pina colada cake!

  4. Trina Diep says

    I’ve never been but I’d love to try the Hot Iron Swordfish & Barbequed Tiger Shrimp with Israeli cous cous. It looks so good!

  5. Hayley Hansen says

    I have never been but after looking at the menu, I would get the Hawaiin Butterfish and the Pina Colada Cake!

  6. Pam Kuramarohit says

    I’ve never been, but the Peri Peri dusted seared Sea Scallop and Hamachi and Grapefruit looks to be definite must trys!

  7. Marta Elena Utter says

    The food looks so delicious, I have never been to the restaurant, but in a few weeks, I will be on vacation in Laguna Beach, and I would love to try their restaurant. The Rock Salt Grilled Meyer Flat Iron Steak, looks yummy~Thank you all of the great photograph’s. The reason, I have never been to the Tommy Bahama’s restaurant is because we always seem to go back to the Gulfstream Restaurant that is on the corner of the shopping area where the restaurant is located, their food is also delicious, and their biscuits are to die for~Thank you for the opportunity!

    • Marta Elena Utter says

      I thought the contest was over……I just saw the message on my facebook wall. I would love to win, and I am sure everyone else is also excited about the possibility of winning Thank you for the opportunity~

  8. Peter S says

    I’ve never been either! Yeah, I immediately also thought of the clothing store (Like Steph) and then I thought of Fashion Island next to Cheesecake. I actually want to try the pineapple cake, hey , that’s what I get for being Taiwanese! They’re known for that.

  9. Eileen Chung says

    I have been to Tommy’s several times and have never been disappointed. Most recently I took my mom for the first time and she git the kobe cheeseburger. She’s still talking about that burger and I took her a month ago! We also love how kid friendly the place is.

  10. Michelle Sch says

    I’ve never been to one! I was going to go in Florida, and then the group I was with decided to change their mind when they realized the wait was too long. Would love to go!

  11. Kristen Hambleton says

    Mmmm, I love Tommy Bahama! It was one of the first places I ate when I moved to CA in ’99, took my mother, the gourmet chef, there when she came out in 2002 and we had an amazing meal, and am just beyond pleased every time I go. It’s been far too long for me! I must make it a point to hit this place up this summer. Love them!!

  12. Dee says

    I visited the location in Hawaii with my entire extended family almost two years ago and we had a wonderful dinner there (drinks too!) Would love to take my mom to the one here in our own backyard and share a couple of seafood entrees – the scallop and swordfish/tiger prawn dishes look especially amazing.

  13. Jonathan Hunter says

    I have only been there once (sometime last year). But I thoroughly enjoyed the Crab Bisque, Kobe and Scallop Sliders, and my entree which I believe was a Kahlua inspired pork shank. All I can remember for sure was that it was a braised piece of pork and delicious.

    If I was to be lucky enough to get the gift certificate I would be all over the:

    – World-Famous Coconut Shrimp
    – Macadamia Encrusted Goat Cheese
    – Miso Marinated Hawaiian Butterfish
    – Thai Shrimp and Scallops

  14. I am Michelle Kwon says

    I haven’t been but i would love to try quite a few dishes! The Blackberry Brandy Pork Ribs & the lobster grilled cheese & heirloom tomato soup are calling my name! And who doesn’t want to check out several of their cocktails?! Thanks for letting us know about this restaurant! I too thought they were only a clothing store and had no clue of their restaurant.

  15. I am Mi says

    oh dear…not sure where my comment went. =/
    2nd attempt…
    i would love to try the lobster grilled cheese and the blackberry brandy pork ribs. as for their cocktails, the coconut cloud, the pineapple yuzu and the mango jalepeno mojito are calling my name!

  16. Christine H. says

    The Salt Rock Flat Iron Steak sounds tasty and the Piña Colada looks really delicious . Thank you for your blog, my hubby’s birthday is coming up soon and I wanted to take him someplace we’ve never been. I never knew there were Tommy Bahama’s restaurants, this would be a great place to surprise him.

  17. Gilbert Mercado says

    I’ve only been to the Newport Beach location, and enjoyed the steak salad and lobster grilled cheese. My wife loves their pina colada cake but I think it’s a little too sweet.

  18. Lori Birdzell says

    I have yet to go there but can’t wait!! Those pictures look amazing but what looks the best are the desserts!!! Can you say oh yum!!

  19. Ying Woo-Clark says

    I’ve eaten there but I only remember the coconut cake! Go figure! Would love to try it gain!

  20. says

    We love Tommy Bahama! I’ve been for business lunches, with friends, and took my daughters and other family to celebrate when they “graduated” from elementary school. I’ve lived everything I’ve ever had from there but your post has some new items I wouldn’t mind trying! :)

  21. Jihan Assi says

    I’m Jihan Assi
    I have never been to Tommy Bahama’s before but the pictures you shared gives me a good impression. Would love to try thier fish and shrimp also the filet!!

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