Famous for their Family Brunch on Saturdays and the Champagne Brunch on Sundays, Back Bay Bistro at Newport Dunes is featuring new additions to their menu to brighten your day and put a little Spring in your step!
At a recent media tasting, Executive Chef Bruno Massuger and team invited us to try dishes from Back Bay Bistro’s menu of tried and true favorites as well as their new Spring menu items. Our table of four had all dined at Back Bay Bistro on other occasions and opted to focus on Chef Bruno’s Spring appetizers and lunch fare.
For our appetizers we selected Sage Ravioli Marzano ($12) – pillows of tender ravioli bathed in an aromatic Marzano Marinara sauce with grilled Italian Sausage and fried sage leaf. Yellow Fin Ahi Sashimi ($12) , generous slices of fresh ahi accompanied by seaweed salad, wasabi and pickled ginger. And, we couldn’t resist an oldie-but-goodie: French Onion Soup ($10) capped with a crust of melted Swiss cheese.
The wraparound patio boasts an expansive view of Newport Beach’s Back Bay and any occasion to dine overlooking the bay is an afternoon well spent! We enjoyed catching up and watching the boats come and go from the marina while taking in the gorgeous view and basking in Southern California’s infamous sunshine.
The Parisian Chicken Sandwich ($14), spied at a nearby table, had us at Brie! A chicken breast sandwich dressed p with heirloom tomato, arugula, bacon with slices of brie cheese peeking out from under a brioche bun. Note: Back Bay Bistro is now proud to be featuring custom breads from Orange County’s esteemed bread baker, Dean Kim of OC Baking Company.
Calamari Salad ($16) – a mound of mesclun greens topped with tomatoes, olives, bell peppers topped with an ample portion of grilled, sliced calamari steak. The Bistro Steak Salad With Fried Onions ($18) is a bountiful salad of perfectly grilled steak chunks, romaine lettuce, and feta cheese with a dijon mustard vinaigrette. Not pictured is the Santa Fe Turkey Sandwich with Ortega Chiles ($14).
We were going to pass on dessert, but Chef would have nothing to do with it. Being four in number, we chose a divide and conquer strategy and chose four sweet treats from the dessert menu. Hands down the table favorite was the Bread Pudding, and it is made in house. One bite took me back to New Orleans and reminiscing about Commander’s Palace scrumptious bread pudding – and I’m not even a bread pudding fan!
Good times catching up with long-time friends!
Yours truly and Marcie Taylor.
Back Bay Bistro is a family friendly restaurant (with a dog friendly patio) and features specials every day except for Monday when they are closed:
Social Hour – Tuesday through Sunday, all night beginning at 4:00 p.m.
Taco Tuesday – Starting at 4:00 p.m. with $4 Draft Beer Specials
Wednesday – Burger and Beer (or Wine) and Build Your Own Burger
Friday- Back Bay Bistro Prime Rib Dinner- Served with Baked Potato & Veggies
Sunday Nights – Back Bay Bistro Family Pasta Night, Kids dine free
As part of Newport Dunes Resort there are fun events happening every month:
Special Events Coming Up:
4/5/17 – Paint Nite at the Back Bay Bistro
4/16/17- Back Bay Bistro Easter Brunch- From 9:00am to 2:00pm
5/6/17- Standup for the Cure
5/28/17- Boots on the Beach ~ Nashville meets Newport (at the Dunes)
6/2/17- Russo and Steele Car Auction Newport Beach
8/19-20 – Pacific Wine and Food Classic (at the Dunes)
Visit the Newport Dunes/Back Bay Bistro website for more information.