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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

California Pizza Kitchen is more than just pizza in Laguna Hills, California



California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) introduced the world to California-style pizzas when its first location opened in Beverly Hills in 1985. Like any long-time chain restaurant, CPK has begun its renaissance period with a brand-new menu that will not only satisfy the pizza lovers, but also integrate more fine dining options. They still hand-toss their dough and use fresh, seasonal ingredients to inspire flavors from around the world on the menu. CPK has grown to over 270 restaurants in 208 cities worldwide.

Brussels + Bacon Flatbread ($8.29) is topped with roasted Brussels sprouts, sweet caramelized onions, Nueske’s Applewood smoked bacon, creamy goat cheese, Romano, and cracked black pepper. It hits the flavor spikes with sweet onion, roasted Brussels sprouts, smoky & salty bacon, and creamy goat cheese. A pesto drizzle would add a nice herbaceous component to tie everything together. Rating: 4.3/5

Fire-Grilled Ribeye ($25.99) is a 12 oz. USDA choice ribeye with house made Pinot Noir sea salt, topped with creamy bleu cheese butter, and served with roasted fingerling potatoes and lemon-garlic arugula salad. The ribeye is tender, juicy, and grilled to perfection and cuts like butter. The compound butter brings out the sweetness of the beef while also adding a pungent yet paired flavor. The potatoes are roasted perfectly with a crispy side and a pleasing herbaceous flavor. The arugula salad’s bitterness is tempered by the lemon garlic vinaigrette and reminiscent of a fresh spinach. Rating: 4.8/5

Sunny Side Up Bacon + Potato Pizza ($15.99) is topped with shaved fingerling potatoes, Nueske’s Applewood smoked bacon, caramelized leeks, parmesan, mozzarella, fresh cracked black pepper, and two sunny-side eggs. Breakfast pizza any time! The crust is crispy yet tender and chewy like a good bread. The yolk makes this pizza even sexier with is bright orange color and sensual flow as it ends up on the pizza, on your fingers, and on your face. Definitely, yolk porn! If this would be shared, opting for two extra sunny side eggs would make everyone happy. The thinly cut potatoes can be a little inconsistent ranging from cooked just right to just hard and dry from the high heat. Cubing the potatoes like O’Brien potatoes might work better. Rating: 4.3/5

Spicy Chipotle Chicken Pizza ($13.49) is topped with chipotle adobo sauce, shaved poblanos, Monterey jack, house made roasted corn & black bean salsa, and lime crema. The fiery colors on this pizza pop when presented – green, yellow, and red with contrasting black beans and golden crust. The Hispanic flavor palette ranges from the smoky chipotle, sweet bell peppers and corn, starchy beans, to a pleasant spicy kick at the end. Less vegetables or more chicken would be preferable to bring out more of the smoky chipotle flavor. Rating: 4.3/5

Hearth-Roasted Halibut ($23.79) is wild caught Alaskan halibut roasted on a cedar plank with grilled asparagus and butternut squash farro & baby kale. The halibut is succulent with the slight smoky cedar flavor and fresh taste of the sea. Butternut squash farro and baby kale taste like a cheesy, nutty risotto with a touch of sweetness from the butternut squash. The thin asparagus adds a sweet greenness to the dish. Rating: 4.5/5

S’mores ($5.50) is kettle cooked Belgian chocolate pudding, dark chocolate chunks, double graham crackers, and toasted marshmallows. The decorative preserves jar makes the s’mores the focal point. The Belgian chocolate pudding acts as your melted chocolate but is cool like a dense mousse. Double graham crackers add a crunchy texture and sweet wheat flavor. Marshmallows are perfectly torched and gooey for a short while. The cold pudding makes the marshmallows solidify too fast. Marshmallow fluff might be better to preserve the texture of the dish. It will achieve the torched exterior yet stay gooey and soft with the pudding. Rating: 4.3/5


Atmosphere: 5 out of 5 stars
D├ęcor: 5 out of 5 stars
Service: 5 out of 5 stars
Food: 4 out of 5 stars

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For more information:
California Pizza Kitchen
24155 Laguna Hills Mall
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
+1.949.458.9600
Hours: Monday through Saturday from 11 AM to 9 PM, Sunday from 11 AM to 9 PM
Delivery: Monday through Friday until 2 PM (5 mile radius, $100 minimum)

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