Thursday, June 19, 2014

Oak Grill and Aqua Lounge Coming Soon to Newport Beach June 27th


Oak Grill and Aqua Lounge is an ambitious two part resturant that is going to be added soon to the Island Hotel Newport Beach hoping opening in the end of June. Headed by Chef Marc Johnson it will feature a lounge menu and a full menu for each environment. EASC got to preview some dishes.  Of everything that was sampled the dessert a "Rocky Road Bar" was the best. Easily one of the best chocolate based desserts I have tasted in a while. Its a bar of chocolate  mousse with a hidden inner bar of homemade marshmallow with crispy rice "pearls" as you can see from the photos its beautiful in its simplicity. Chef Marc's short rib beignets could take out any chicken nugget and if the whole resort restaurant thing doesn't work out Marc's House of Beignets could work. They are crispy, chewy, balls on the outside and filled with silky short rib goodness inside.  Other dishes (pictured below) pop with the color and style that you think food thats going to be in a hot new beach resort should. Overall I Oak Grill and Aqua Lounge should be packed (the giant fire pit they are working on will help with that.) 
690 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660 



shishito peppers

short rib beignets

Fried green tomatoes 


Tuna with spices. 

Pork belly BLT salad 

Pan seared scallop with beans 

Chilean Sea Bass

Purple grits with short rib

chocolate mousse dessert (Rocky Road Bar)