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Review: Flight Bistro and Social Lounge - Huntington Beach

TheManning2 | Feb 2, 200809:04 PM

The wife and I just got back from a dinner at Flight in HB, and we were very impressed, especially considering that it's less than six months old. The first thing of note about it is the design of the place. It actually has an L.A. vibe to it -- rare for the upscale places in O.C., which tend to pull their design philosophies from New York, Chicago, or San Francisco (if they indeed design their place with a city in mind). Great use of blue and gray shades. As far as the food goes, the presentation of each course that we enjoyed was stunning (so much so my wife almost took a picture of her salad). She had an arugula salad with piave vecchio cheese, candied walnuts, dried apricots and figs, and shaved apple with a balsamic and champagne vinaigrette whose sweetness was appropriately tempered with the presence of the cheese, and I had a portebello mushroom appetizer that is best described as a Caprese salad with a mushroom base. The heirloom tomato that topped the dish was served cold, which allowed its flavor to really pop. For the main course, she had a grilled vegetable flatbread featuring portebello mushrooms, asparagus, and goat cheese -- very light and flavorful. I had an Italian panini (mainly because I'd been craving a pressed sandwich all day), and it was pretty awesome. The prosciutto in the panini was cut thick enough to be substantial without losing its textural qualities, and spicy aioli served in it gave it a really nice kick. For dessert, she had a panko breaded fried banana served with coconut sorbet -- smooth yet crunchy, way delicious, and I had a chocolate molten cake served with caramelized bananas (which had a delightfully subtle cheese taste to them), and Java creme (which was tart like a kumquat). All the flavors at the same time were phenomenal.

The cool thing about it is it's priced reasonably for being upscale cuisine -- the most expensive item on the menu is $26. The one tough spot about it is that it's in an area that's difficult to bring attention to: a couple of miles inland, across the way from a strip mall, not on a corner of an intersection. However, I know that it's been getting a lot of friendly press, and we're hoping that more people discover it when the weather gets a little warmer. I know that we're going to do our part to keep them in business.

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