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Sage in Eastbluff, Newport Beach - Another great Meal!

torta basilica | May 22, 200612:59 PM

I'm not a big fan of the new Sage on the Coast, but have loved the original Eastbluff location for years. Saturday night was beautiful, we sat out on their heated patio, where it was much quieter than inside. There's a covered part of the patio & an open - I prefer the open on a nice evening. Well priced wine list - we decided on a Rombauer Chard for $48. All had the soft shell crab special @ $17 - 1 large softshell on a bed of veggies & small pasta (not super clear on this) - it was good, but not the highlight of the meal. 3 had the roast halibut special on a vegetable risotto - they really do the best halibut in the area (running neck & neck with Bungalow) - perfectly cooked, risotto was delicious - just a wonderful dish. 4th had the lamb & proclaimed it also perfect. Desserts were to die for - the Chocolate Truffle cake just rich & gooey with a lovely crust, the creme brulee topped with passion fruit, which cut the richness & make for an irresistable ending, no matter how stuffed we were! Service was excellent - friendly & fun, yet very professional. I don't believe Rich is cooking at either location anymore, but he has trained his chefs very well! So often it's obvious when the chef is not in the kitchen, but here it was seamless. I thought prices have gone up, but well worth it for an excellent meal in Newport.

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