Monday, March 10, 2008

Gulfstream

Gulfstream
Newport Beach ~ Corona Del Mar

Gulfstream Restaurant, Newport Beach, American, Bar, Bar and Grill, Corona del Mar, Gulfstream, Newport Beach, Orange Country Restaurants, SeafoodI always love the food here. It's a classic, high-end American bar and grill. I can always count on a fantastic, large fish or piece of meat. The bar list is magnificent too.. and my Chardonnay, wow! The only downside is the crazy crowd this place gets around happy hour with all the young business bachelors and female plastics around Orange County who congregate here in a predictable manner, but if you're into the hot social scene of Newport than this is a good thing I suppose. The restaurant has a similar seating arrangement as its sisters Cafe R&D and Houston's (even Bandera). If they ever had Loup de Mer, please don't pass it up. It's the best fish I've ever had, and I had it here.

Tolosa Estate, 2004 Edna Valley, Ed Filice, Chardonnay
Buttery, buttery, butter. That's all I really need to say to describe this. With such an affordable wine on the list, this had mature flavor and was so smooth. I loved this. This is what I will be looking for on the wine shelves from now on. It was rich, not tarty, and full of smooth buttery oak hints and rich pear or apple. Great wine

Ethan Voigner, 2005, Santa Barbara County, Ethan Lindquist
This was good. A little more sweet than Zaca Mesa Viogner, but it was still good. It was full and smooth, but had a bit of the sweetness of a Reisling, which is just too sweet for me. Aromatic, though. The girls enjoyed it.

Gulfstream Restaurant, American, Bar, Bar and Grill, Corona del Mar, Gulfstream, Newport Beach, Orange Country Restaurants, Seafood, French FriesThin-Cut French Fries
Crisp and traditional. You can't taste the potato, only the fried crispness. These are STICK thin. You must always get pommes frites on the side of a steak though. These weren't calling me back to grab for more, however. There was no flavor. These were too thin. I couldn't taste anything but oil. This needs more potato and herbs for seasoning.

Gulfstream Restaurant, American, Bar, Bar and Grill, Corona del Mar, Gulfstream, Newport Beach, Orange Country Restaurants, Seafood, Meat, Rib Eye, Steak, GrillRutherford Bone-in Rib Eye
"served with thick-sliced tomatoes and blue cheese"
with light honey mustard lemon citrus dressing drizzle

The Rib Eye was mouthwatering, tender, medium-rare, and enormous. This was enough for two of us to split, which we did. The tomatoes on the side were a clever side pairing for this dish with the rich, aromatic blue cheese and sweet, teasing honey mustard dressing drizzled on top of the tomatoes with cheese. Once again, the rib eye was superbly grilled, with the most beautiful shade of dark pink and rose on the inside. This meat was so tender. Gulfstream knows how to impress with something as simple as a classic American meat.

Gulfstream Restaurant, American, Bar, Bar and Grill, Corona del Mar, Gulfstream, Newport Beach, Orange Country Restaurants, Seafood, Seasonal Vegetables, Roasted Vegetables, Beets, Nuts, BreadSeasonal Vegetable Plate
"this season's hand-selected vegetables"
Served with lightly-grilled Oil-infused Panini Bread Triangles
Roasted Golden and Violet Beets, Broccoli with sprinkled Cheese, Sauteed Spinach and Macadamia Nuts with Brussel Sprouts, Roasted Yellow and Red Bell Peppers

Extraordinarily large and a satisfying platter of fresh roasted vegetables, roasted with fine olive oil. I truly enjoyed this platter and it was surprisingly more than filling. It is the size of a meat roast platter, bountiful with a lovely variety of veggies. I was so full and didn't even finish the whole thing. My favorite part about this dish was definitely the roasted beets. They are large and drizzled in olive oil, just like the peppers. What stood out to me most were the macadamia nuts that added flavor to something as boring as sauteed spinach or steamed broccoli. The nuts won me over.

Gulfstream in Newport Beach

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