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Turner New Zealand

lil mikey | Jun 11, 200402:01 PM

New Zealand cuisine?

Turner in Costa Mesa is good. With a high-arched ceiling and tasteful décor, the space feels open. They have nice china, flatware and crystal.

For lunch there’s lamb, steak, venison and fish, pasta, salads, soups and appetizers.

I ordered the New Zealand rock lobster bisque and the lamb tenderloin salad. My buddy ordered the Ceasar salad and the blackened orange roughy.

For some reason, there seems to be a trend whereby the restaurants serve whole-leaf salads, and this is no exception. The Ceasar had the whole heart of romaine, with the dressing drizzled over the top. As the distinguishing characteristic of Ceasar salad is the dressing, I prefer it tossed. But my buddy seemed to like it. There were also large parmesan shavings scattered about.

The lobster bisque came in a cool-looking bowl. I had an initial issue with the bisque itself, though. It had what appeared to be a film covering parts of the top. Huh? I took up the special large soup spoon they brought, and had a taste. Burnt. Something tasted burnt. It had some lobster meat in the bottom, which was good, and I slowly got used to the taste of the bisque; but something just didn’t taste right.

The roughy came out and immediately the comment was “Wow. That’s a lot of fish.” It was served over mushrooms and peppers and carrots and some other stuff, including rice and wontons. He finished it because it was so good.

The lamb salad had sun-dried tomatoes and was served with a balsamic vinaigrette. The lamb was outstanding. It was cooked perfectly, and very tender. The texture and flavor made the salad delicious.

The whole thing, with an iced tea and a coke was $58 before tip.

Turner New Zealand Restaurant
650 Anton Boulevard
Costa Mesa
(714) 688-0880

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