A few weeks ago I was invited to a sampling of the new spring menu at the The Resort at Pelican Hill’s Pelican Grill. We started at the Sports Lounge with a few bites available at the lounge as well as some of the cocktails expertly concocted by their resident mixologist.
**A handful of the below items are already available. All items will be available April 22nd. Please note photos depict sample portions while prices reflect full menu portions**
Some of the cocktails include Pelican Cloud with Effen Black Cherry Vodka, fresh lemon juice and Tuaca-infused foam. Lido Lemonade combines Van Gogh blueberry vodka, Ketel Citron, Limoncello, fresh lemonade and gel pearls — very pretty! Last but not least, Greyhound Prosper Tanqueray Ten Gin, fresh grapefruit juice garnished with a candied grapefruit.
While sipping on cocktails, you can order some delicious items to munch on such as Pelican Grill Wood-Fire Pizzas ($13) — and they come with a variety of toppings.
Ahi Tuna Tartare ($17) is light and delicious. Beautifully fresh sushi-grade ahi tuna with chunks of avocado is seasoned perfectly and served with sesame crisps. Or try the Bourbon-Smoked Beef Brisket Sliders ($14) which have unctuously tender pieces of brisket sandwiched between a soft brioche bun.
After the lovely bites at the bar, we moved into the main dining area to enjoy items from Pelican Grill’s menu by Chef Derek Brooks.
In-House Smoked & Beet-Cured Skuna Bay Salmon ($28) includes perfect slices of salmon with deep maroon hued edges from the beet. Served with a tian of traditional garnishes such as chopped egg yolk and red onions, capers and pumpernickel bread, my mouth was longing for more than just a taste! Definitely a dish I’d return for it was THAT good!
The next item we tried was the Warm Bloomsdale Spinach Salad with Irvine Ranch Strawberries ($15). Sweet, fragrant strawberries from local Irvine Ranch means you’re getting the freshest picked fruit from farm to your plate. Pistachios add a nice crunch to the strawberry-champagne vinaigrette-dressed salad. If that wasn’t enough, soft, creamy burrata cheese is added for even more decadence to every mouthful.
My favorite item was Seared Sea Scallops ($31). The presentation itself was worth it (this presentation is only available when ordering the chef’s table menu) with the scallop sitting atop its own shell surrounded by sea kelp. Irvine Ranch green asparagus and chive oil, along with a seasonal white asparagus puree completes this item.
By the time Braised Short Rib ($32) hit the table, I was already very full. The garlic mashed potatoes, Irvine Ranch vegetables and thyme jus accompanied the ever so succulent piece of meat braised in a heavenly, rich marinade.
Even as full as I was, I managed to devour the Strawberry Souffle ($15) which Chef Brooks gave us in an espresso cup. I was very sad when I finished the souffle in about four bites. Even my non-sweet palate wanted an entire portion of this.
Every restaurant in this luxurious resort is worth a visit, whether for an evening out, birthday, or anniversary, you will always have the best experience ever. Don’t take my word for it, go give them a try! Complimentary valet parking is offered at the resort when you dine at any of its restaurants.
This week, The Resort at Pelican Hill generously offers one of my readers the opportunity to win dinner for two at Pelican Grill valued at $125. Offer expires March 31st, 2014. Leave me a comment with your FULL name and tell me who you would bring to enjoy this dinner with and why for a chance to win. Entries close Sunday, April 14. Winner announced Monday, 15th.
Restrictions: Alcohol, tax and gratuities not included. Dining credit for Pelican Grill only – not to exceed $125. Certificate has no cash value, is non-transferable and may not be combined with any other offers or promotions. Some restrictions and blackout dates may apply. Not valid during special events, holidays or holiday weekends. Certificates are strictly not eligible for extension. May not be replaced if lost or stolen.
at The Resort at Pelican Hill
22651 Pelican Hill Road
Newport Beach, CA 92657