Valentines this year was full of wonderful food and people. Richard treated me to a 4 course, vegan, gourmet feast at Avanti Cafe.
Avanti is a little vegetarian cafe in Costa Mesa. On Valentines they offered a 4 course meal (vegetarian or Vegan) with a glass of chardonnay. Quite often they have meal events here. You need to call in advance and make your reservation.
Local art work displayed for admiration and purchase.
It was nice to not have to worry about large crowds at our restaurant. There was only us and about 5-6 other couples.
Onto the food:
First course: Pine nut arugula pizza rustica bite.
Second course: Wild exotic mushroom baby dumpling w/ truffle oil in musky root vegetable consume
Third Course: La Vie en Rose – Triple barley cranberry risotto w/ a palette of flavorful red vegetables
Dessert: Saffron poached pears w/ agave love tuille
Extra bite: Handmade dark chocolate truffles
I can not say enough about how wonderful this whole-in-the-wall cafe is. It’s been described as vegetarian Nirvana and it pretty much is! I really think these pictures speak for themselves. Avanti hold’s events weekly and they even hold cooking classes. If you’re in the area, I highly suggest signing up for their newsletter. They are the location for Costa Mesa CSA pick up’s as well. Avanti definitely left a pleasant taste in my mouth and a big grin on my face