Fab Dishes in Newport Beach

Newport Harbor

When I was growing up in New Jersey I always knew I would end up in California. I had never been, but I just knew it was my destiny. I was convinced at an early age that I was meant for 12 months of sunshine. What I didn’t know is that after years of combing the globe that it truly would be the best place in the world. I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else with the most amazing flavors imaginable.

Newport Coast 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport | The JetSet Family

Orange County is in the midst of a culinary renaissance and for this post we filled the tank and took a 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport cruise around Newport Beach in search of perfection. Our friends at Hyundai were kind enough to loan us this fully loaded “auto of awesomeness,” and all we had to do was set the tunes in to the 1st Wave station on SiriusXM and Richard Blade would take care of the rest.

A few of the best dishes in Newport Beach…

Tamarind of London

First stop? Crystal Cove, Newport Coast because I can’t go a day without dreaming about the Murgh Tikka Masala (Tandoor Grilled Chicken with Makhni sauce) and the Dakshini Jhinga – (Coconut Prawn Curry) Jumbo Prawns simmered in a ginger and coconut milk sauce. These Tamarind of London dishes are seriously the bomb. dot. com. 

Tamarind of London | Kid-Friendly Indian Food

Sushi Roku

It’s safe to say that you have not lived until you’ve dined at Sushi Roku at Fashion Island. It’s simply impossible to pick just one favorite dish, but if we had to I think it would be the Hanabi Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice or Baked Lobster Roll with creamy miso sauce – both are to die for. 

Sushi Roku Baked Crab Roll

SOL Cocina

So about a year ago my family and I discovered Sunday brunch at SOL Cocina located on Newport Harbor and we’ve never been the same since. My husband and daughter have always had a deep appreciation for Mexican cuisine, but I was not well versed. It wasn’t until SOL Cocina that I formed an interest and became a believer. Let’s just say the Warmed Goat Cheese and Crab & Shrimp Cakes ‘Benedicto’ are the reason the sun shines. 

Sol Cucina Newport Beach CA 


Everything at FIG & OLIVE Newport Beach is wonderful, but the dishes that keep us coming back for more are the PAELLA DEL MAR with Black tiger shrimp, calamari, mussels, and saffron rice with chicken; and the FIG GORGONZOLA TARTLET “Spanish Pizza” with Prosciutto, fig, walnut, arugula, scallion, tomato on a thin puff pastry. 

Fig & Walnut Julep

CUCINA enoteca

CUCINA enoteca very well might be the perfect restaurant. Perfect for family dinners, perfect for date night and perfect for a night out with the girls. I know this, because I’ve participated in all three and each visit has been memorable leaving us for wanting more. As a registered creature of habit, I’m not leaving until I’ve shared a popular Gorgonzola Walnut Mousse + Pear vasi appetizers and an order of Short Rib Pappardelle

CUCINA enoteca vasi

Now let’s discuss the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. 

I can’t deny the sleek design of the vehicle. She received many looks and drove just as beautifully as she looked with pep and a smooth ride. Don’t get me wrong, remember this is a smaller SUV, so we’re not talking light and breezy like a luxury model vehicle, but this Hyundai does ride much smoother than most. I also felt the car was good on gas considering the amount of “stop / go” driving we experienced in one week.

Newport Coast 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport | The JetSet Family

Newport Coast 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport | The JetSet Family

Newport Coast 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport | The JetSet Family

But Hyundai really won me over with a feature that will probably surprise you. I can’t tell you how much I appreciated the cargo space in the rear trunk area! Perfect for our foodie family who relies on take-out a few times a week. See, the contained area is great to place containers filled with sauces on the ride home. If they spill, no biggie! It’s a quick + easy clean up — basically, my OCD dream come true. 

Newport Coast 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport | The JetSet Family


Review overview
  • Stephanie Keeping September 9, 2015

    That food looks amazing!! I wouldn’t know what food to start with!

  • Mitch September 9, 2015

    So now what do I do? You got me very hungry with these delicious restaurants! And it would still take days for me to get there in that Hyundai since I am coming from NYC!

  • pattie September 9, 2015

    LOVE the roundup!!! I haven’t ate at SOL Cocina before – can’t wait to try it out. p.s. super cool car.

  • dana vento September 10, 2015

    The Sushi Roku had me. I believe I need to make a trip across the nation to get some:)

  • Kim Croisant September 10, 2015

    I always enjoy reading where you’ve been and what you get to do. This is another area I would love to visit.

  • Kristi September 10, 2015

    Sounds and looks like a great place to live… or visit. Have never been to that area of California but sunshine sounds wonderful and looks like I would have some great places to eat too!

  • valmg @ Mom Knows It All October 2, 2015

    I’ve never driven a Hyundai. This model sounds like it’s got a good amount of features. I didn’t know you were fro NJ – I’m in NJ.

  • Melissa Pezza October 8, 2015

    That sushi looks amazing. There’s nothing better than super fresh sushi. Unless it’s that super fresh ride! That car is sharp.

  • Stephanie October 8, 2015

    YUM! It all looks so good. I’ll take one of each 🙂 I love the trunk of that car as well — what a great way to keep things neat and clean.

  • Travel Blogger October 12, 2015

    Looks like a fun to drive car and a great roadtrip. The sushi looks awesome 🙂

  • Grace Hodgin October 12, 2015

    You had a lovely car to go to visit these great places. My son is moving to California this month so I will be sure to send this link to him so he already will know where to eat.

  • Ashley S October 14, 2015

    Love love love California cuisine! Newport is such a great spot for some delicious bites.


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