Sunday, January 27, 2019

Summer House - Corona del Mar

This weekend is the last weekend for Newport Beach Restaurant Week until it happens again next year. And for me, it meant there was now a very good reason to revisit Summer House, a Corona del Mar sleeper of a neighborhood restaurant/diner that has so far escaped notice from everyone except the locals.

But with every subsequent Newport Beach Restaurant Week, this may start changing. At $20, Summer House has one of the cheapest prices for a three-course dinner at a full-service restaurant. So it’s only a matter of time before the rest of OC discovers it.

This year, I opted to try a mahi mahi smothered in a tomato wine sauce, served with horseradish mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach. It was glorious: the fish was perfectly cooked, the spinach silky, the potatoes blubbery and sharp—a dish that’s worth $20 in and of itself.

My lovely dinner companion took the restaurant’s signature dish of ginger-crusted baked fresh Hawaiian ono with orange beurre blanc and jasmine rice, which was as good as the first time we had it two years ago. It was then that I, myself, discovered Summer House from their old Newport Beach Restaurant Week deal, which, by the way, hasn’t changed in price. The fact that it hasn’t makes it an even better value today.

Summer House
2744 East Coast Hwy
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

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