|Anne Marie Panoringan|
|Tempura lobster roll|
We knew that when The Ritz Restaurant by Fashion Island closed last year, it would return in grand fashion. However, we did not anticipate the makeover that took place in the former home of Chart House along Pacific Coast Highway. Guests still experience polished service in a formal atmosphere; hints of the original menu are present in the form of a familiar egg and smoked salmon dish (served in the shell, of course). We collected a few photos to whet your appetite.
Seafood is a heavy influence on this menu, whether we're talking fresh fish, oysters or sushi. A tempura lobster roll ($32) was finished with toasted coconut and mango. For the remaining carnivores, shaved burgundy truffles, short rib and crab in another sushi roll make it apparent that this ain't your grandmother's Ritz-- explaining the updated name to The Ritz Prime Seafood.More »