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Yvon Goetz used to be the chef at David Wilhelm's long-defunct but excellent Chat Noir. Goetz was the reason it was excellent. Now at his own place, Goetz gets even more creative and daring. His menu changes routinely, but a signature Alsatian pizza is always a staple. In it, gruyere, creme fraiche, onion and bacon fuse so well into a crisp flatbread rectangle it seems insufficient to just call it a pizza. Oysters are paired with a mignonette--as well as Tabasco, if you ask. A new English pea has spoonful after spoonful of lump crab meat, so rich that every sip must equal to one pat of butter. The halibut with clam entrée manages to be simultaneously froufrou and down-home at the same time. A roster of steaks comes with the sides à la carte, served onto your plate by obsequious wait-staff wearing vests. They'll pour sauces from dainty gravy boats and grind pepper from a ridiculously oversized mill, too. Yes, it's that kind of place--all dark and romantic with high-backed, leather-clad chairs; cozy, soft booths; and a decently talented live band should your feet get restless. You also notice there's a high concentration of signed Angels memorabilia the closer you get to the restroom. And your fellow diners are a weird mix of the casual, T-shirted dudes and the wine-twirling types who rent bottle lockers. Which one are you?
Ask former Ritz-Carlton chef and Break of Dawn owner Dee Nguyen what he considers the best meal he's ever had, and he'll tell you it was a bowl of rice he ate with sea salt in 1984. It was the first bite of food given to the then-10-year-old... More »
More Than Just a Crush http://www.atasteofdawn.com http://www.dawngarcia.com/reviews “Not Just Another Crush” A Review Written by Dawn Garcia It’s been a while since I found food worthy of writing about but after going multiple times to this one particular restaurant, I can say, with utmost certainty that there is some very exquisite cuisine in the “OC”. Allow me to introduce you to Chef Yvon Goetz and The Winery Restaurant and Bar located at the District in Tustin, CA. Hailing from Strasbourg, France, Chef Yvon brings a bit of French family tradition with his signature “YG Alsation Pizza” inspired by his grandmother, while also entertaining your palate with cuisine that exudes flavor and authenticity to such perfection, you’re in heaven. I must give my Ode to the Chef with my personal favorite, the daily special: “Foie Gras”. The foie gras literally entices your taste buds and once it touches your lips, the buttery, rich, perfectly balanced flavor takes hold. The preparation of the foie gras changes regularly but I have yet to be disappointed. A dessert item worth mentioning is the Crème de la Crème, the crème brulee. Rich, moist, creamy goodness with a twist of chocolate brimming at the base makes this indulgent delight almost orgasmic. The menu selection is impressive. However, la pièce de résistance is the infinite list of wines - BY THE GLASS - to the tune of up to 650 varietals. From all around the world, Chef Yvon and Sommalier, William Lewis, have selected some of the most delectable wines from a little bubbly like Bollinger, to Screaming Eagle, and Chateau Margaux. Regardless of what kind of wine beckons, there is sure to be something you desire. The beauty of this restaurant is it suits those with sophisticated palates and those merely in search of some tasty food and a new spin on some traditional favorites. Let me walk you through the restaurant: Upon arrival, I see the “Valet” sign. $5.00 to park your car which is refreshing right from the start, with complimentary Valet Monday-Friday at lunch. Walk through the double doors and you immediately see a wall lined with wine bottles, a Hostess, and usually the Manager. They take you to the right where the dining room opens up. To the right are the “Chef’s Tables” and booths, straight ahead, open tables; to the left, booths and the bar. The bar is superb and they feature a “Crush Hour” instead of a Happy Hour (a refreshing alternative), and it is available 7 days a week including an expanded Crush Hour from 4:30-10pm on Sunday’s, which also features live Jazz. Every detail is given the utmost attention and is most impressive; even down to the marble bathrooms that house incredible paintings. The Winery goes one step further offering a section for Cigar Aficionados in the patio outside and the Chef has an impressive selection of cigars available for purchase. Overall, this is not another “wine stop” like every other. The food is truly exquisite, the Front House is always pleasant, and the environment is enticing and welcoming. A notable mention: Executive Chef Yvon Goetz and Chef Danny Garcia were recently featured on Good Morning LA as part of a pre-Oscar culinary line-up of “Must-Eat” restaurants in LA and Orange County. You can preview the video by clicking here.
When three diners order different fish entrées, each of which come out perfectly executed, you'd expect to be sitting in a seafood-only specialty spot. The Winery actually has as much red meat on the menu as fish and shellfish, but the kitchen sources amazing seafood and executes each dish with masterful skill. The seared Mediterranean branzino, for instance, is a skin-on filet of sea bass with a crisp, lightly charred skin that balances the texture of that fish's rich flesh. Its... More »
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