AnQi at South Coast Plaza Scheduled To Open December 10th
A red carpet was laid out on the side walk leading up to the restaurant's doors. And the generators for a sky swiping searchlights was just being warmed up. Curious, I went inside and peeked through the sheer partitions that separated the restaurant from the Bloomingdale's hallway. Through it I saw what has been billed as the runway. And by golly, if it isn't one.
To the thumping beats of what I think is a Lady Gaga tune (I'm way out of touch with current music), slinky models wearing Asian costumes, some complete with conical cooley hats and geisha umbrellas, strut like it mattered.
In the kitchen, which was also visible through this sheer partition farther down the hallway, I spied the familiar profile of the owner, Helene An, instructing one of her chefs.