Our table was a two-top next to the window looking out on Anton Street. The restaurant is basically one long strip with one aisle and tables on both sides. We were greeted by a member of the staff and asked if we'd like some sparkling or still water. No thank you, it's just regular ole ice water for us. Dear Ben ordered an amber beer too, while I ordered a watermelon puree proscecco appertivi. It smelled exactly like watermelon, but lacked any kind of intense flavor.
The appetizer list looked ... well, appetizing. It was my favorite aspect of their menu. We picked two: the roasted squash with fried sage and sweet red wine vinegar and the smoked halibut with green tomato and bread salad. Both appetizers were served on the same plate, and the presentation was pleasing. I like to eat one thing at a time - I'm not a food mixer - and I was glad I started with the smokey flavor of the fish. The green tomato added a certain zingy-ness to the the bread salad. It was a familiar flavor, though I can't really say where I know it from. I also enjoyed the squash: such a soft, sweet texture. Good complimentary combo.
Merluzzo affumicato con panzanella
... and those are my Notes from the Napkin!
650 Anton Blvd.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626