Fashion Island now has yet another reason to spend money: Blue Coral. Almost everything on the menu looks tempting, says MEalcentric, although naturally it’s seafood-centric.

The bread basket holds tender, Southern-style biscuits–a great surprise. Yellowtail crudo is a Matsuhisa-esque appetizer of high-quality fish with blood orange vinaigrette and sliced jalapenos. Seared albacore medallions with ponzu sauce, a special one night, are drizzled with a delicate sauce–tender and flavorful.

For main courses, the menu offers diners the choice of any fish available prepared in any style (with suggestions for the indecisive). A simple preparation of tuna grilled with tomato tapenade is perfectly executed; on the opposite end of the spectrum, the dramatic lobster en fuego (presented in the shell, on a big pile of hous-emade chips) is recommended too. Everyone seems to love the ultra-decadent lobster macaroni and cheese.

There’s a lengthy wine and cocktails list, and service is very professional.

The restaurant has a really nice ambience and a good mix of booths and tables. It’s pretty lively, with a crowd of young and older professionals, with a few couples on dates.

Dinner might run about $100 per person, including tip.

Blue Coral Seafood & Spirits [OC Beaches]
in Fashion Island
451 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach
949-856-2583
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