One of my family’s favorite restaurants, True Food Kitchen, launches its new Spring menu today and it’s delicious! I first discovered this fresh and healthy spot 3 years ago during a high-school reunion weekend in Newport Beach. I had never heard of it and was instantly in love with their food. They describe themselves as a “health-driven, seasonal restaurant merging nutrient-rich ingredients with a flavor-forward menu that rotates regularly.” I appreciate that their food is created in a way that it doesn’t take anything away from the dish to omit, replace, or substitute an ingredient based on allergies or preferences. General Manager, Beth Centlivre, explained, “That’s what we do.” As a mom with a mixed family that includes a vegan, vegetarian, omnivore, gluten-free, and omnivore, I am equally grateful that each of us can find several things on the menu to enjoy a mouth-watering meal together.
I recently visited True Food Kitchen as a guest with some fellow local food bloggers to try their new Spring menu. (You may have caught my food recap on Instagram and Facebook.) Everything – and I mean everything – from Starter to Dessert was decadently delicious. El Segundo Executive Chef Jordan Herigstad and General Manager Beth Centlivre were our hosts throughout the culinary tour of the restaurant’s latest menu. We couldn’t have asked for better guides! Beth was intensely knowledgeable about all of the food, wine, and recipe development at the chain. I could have talked all night with her about their food, and I think she would have happily obliged. Chef Jordan was an artist talking us through each menu item and its ingredients. The plates are true artistry, as you will discover from my recount of my dining experience below.
True Food Kitchen – Spring 2017 Tasting Menu
Starter – Torched Avocado (Paired with Crossings Sauvignon Blanc)
cucumber noodle, mushroom, snap pea, radish, sesame, turmeric ponsu
They use a Creme Brule torch to char the outside of the avocado, that has been peeled. The beautiful cucumber noodles were made with a knife for a beautiful presentation. The dressing in the salad contained honey, which they happily omitted in my serving.
First – Seasonal Ingredient Salad (Paired with Tangent Pinot Grigio)
asparagus, broccolini, roasted cauliflower, chickpea, pistachio, raisin, manchego (which they easily left off of my plate), sicillian vinaigrette
I LOVED this salad. The dressing was incredible – sweet, but with a hint of a kick.
Second – Pan Roasted Chicken (Paired with Panther Creek “Fox Block Eleven” Pinot Noir
broccolini, heirloom potato, chermoula
The sauce was EVERYTHING in this dish. If I could have taken a spoon and slurped it up without looking conspicuous, I would have! Chef Jordan subbed a cauliflower steak in place of the chicken for me, which made for a beautiful presentation. You could also ask for tofu instead. There is some yogurt in the sauce that is added right at the end to add creaminess. The chef used almond milk in mine and it was stunning to the taste buds.
Dessert – Coconut & Chia Seed Flan (Paired with Chamomile Tea)
caramel, mixed berries
This was incredible! It’s not often I get to eat dessert at a restaurant so I was over the moon delighted with the finale to our tasting. The flan is made with coconut cream and topped with a caramel that is out of this world. The tart berries on top are the perfect accompaniment to the sweet and creamy flavor of the flan.
I should note that each course (minus dessert which featured a tasty chamomile tea), was paired with an impeccable wine (see the notes above.) I learned that all of their wines are sustainable. They visit the wineries personally, which I found charming.
The dinner was one of my most enjoyable meals out ever. I think the compliment is credited not just to their mouth-watering food, but also to the experience that is created and felt as a diner there. I always feel “taken care of” whenever I eat at True Food Kitchen. From the mantra inspired tees on their servers, and mobile vegetable gardens at the entrance, I feel like I step into a unique haven where I know my taste buds are going to be delighted and my soul nourished. It is always a delicious and enjoyable experience. I highly recommend you get over to your closest True Food Kitchen for a meal as soon as you can!
P.S. While I was there during my last visit, I learned that they make almond ricotta, which opened up their whole pizza offerings, which I have never eaten because of the cheese. Be sure to check that out too!
I received a complimentary meal for review purposes. I did not receive compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.