Pinot Provence opened in 1998 and is located inside the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel. The outer entrance was a little hard to find. The driveway is located between the hotel and Scott’s Seafood. Look for the Pinot Provence Valet Parking sign. The exterior is reminiscent of a French chateau with its staircase leading you to an oak door entrance. The beautiful outdoor patio has lots of ambient lighting, just the right setting for a spring luncheon.
Newly appointed Executive Chef, Alfonso Ramirez, shared some highlights of the new spring menu. There is a delightful emphasis on the light and subtle side of rustic French cuisine for the new season. Let’s take a look:
Crab and Melon Salad is Cavaillon melon, Dungeness crab, coriander yogurt, and port wine. It was light and colorful. The crab and melon flavors paired well together. The artful use of thinly sliced watermelon as a background made a beautiful presentation. Thumbs up!
To read more and see slideshow, please visit: http://www.examiner.com/review/new-spring-menu-at-pinot-provence-costa-mesa-ca
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