Another season means another visit to True Food Kitchen to see what new dishes have popped up on the menu. My son and I both love TFK for its clean and fresh dishes. We can indulge in anything and not feel terribly guilty about it. And the best part is that healthy doesn’t mean lack of taste. Quite the contrary, really. The reason we love TFK so much is purely because the menu items always taste great, the healthy part is an added bonus.
The spring menu additions are flavorful using the best of what this season has to offer. We begin with a couple of cocktails: Blueberry Royale ($12) with organic vodka, lemon, Prosecco and mint; Ginger Margarita ($12) which includes anejo tequila, elderflower liqueur, ginger honey, and lemon. Both are refreshing and easy-to-drink, especially the margarita.
One of my favorite new dishes is Torched Avocado ($10) a low-carb offering with cucumber noodles, dotted with mushrooms, snap peas, radish, and sesame seeds, all tossed in a mouth-watering turmeric ponzu.
The Poke Bowl ($22) here is unlike any poke bowl you’ve ever eaten, or you’ll ever eat. This healthy bowl consists of wild caught albacore chunks, avocado, quinoa rice, mushroom, snow pea, cucumber, cashew, and the same tart turmeric ponzu you’ll find in the avocado dish. There’s no guilt here!
Salad lovers may indulge in Seasonal Ingredient ($14.50) a tasty salad comprising asparagus, broccolini, roasted cauliflower, chickpea, pistachio, raisin, and manchego cheese, tossed in a Sicilian vinaigrette. It is filling enough on its own, but add a protein to make it a meal.
We’ve always loved the vegan pizza option and this season, it’s Roasted Artichoke Pizza ($14) a beautiful crust topped with sugar snap pea, smoked onion, roasted garlic, black truffle and the delicious vegan almond ricotta we adore. It possesses a rich mouth feel and you won’t miss meat one bit when chomping down on this pizza.
Those looking for an entrée will find Pan Roasted Chicken ($21) a solid choice. The chicken is moist, served with broccolini, and heirloom potato, in a chermoula sauce. It is light and doesn’t bog you down even if you devour the entire plate.
While I’m not a huge dessert fan, True Food Kitchen’s sweets selection is always enticing because nothing is ever overly sweet. The Key Lime Pie ($7) is mouth-puckering tart served with coconut Chantilly. It is vegan and gluten-free, but so tasty especially the crust. I’m always amazed at how buttery it is even though there is no butter whatsoever.
Another stellar dessert is Coconut and Chia Seed Flan ($7) made from coconut cream and coconut milk with chia seeds, and served with vegan caramel sauce. The caramel proves a tad too sweet for my palate, but overall, is a delectable finish to a wonderful meal.
If the Anaheim Ducks win the game tonight, Wednesday (May 10), visit True Food Kitchen Newport Beach on Thursday, May 11, and receive a free Herb Hummus appetizer with the purchase of any entrée (one free Herb Hummus per table). This is good ONLY on Thursday, May 11, the day after the game and ONLY if the Ducks win. Diners just need to mention it to their server when ordering.
True Food Kitchen
451 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660