Andrea at Pelican Hill Resort - mini-review
Went to Andrea at the Pelican Hill Resort last night for the first time. In a nutshell, it was generally bland, forgettable and ridiculously over-priced (as distinguished from ridiculously expensive, which it's not) given the quantity and quality of the food or rather lack thereof. Normally I don't comment on a restaurant after only a single visit as I don't believe it's possible to fairly assess a restaurant based on a single visit, but I'll make an exception for Andrea I can't imagine any circumstance under which I would go back - even if someone else were picking up the tab.
Andrea - The Resort at Pelican Hill
22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Coast, CA 92657
I should add that, conversely, I've had good meals at the more casual Grill at Pelican Hill, so if you just want to check out the resort, you could go there instead. Note, however, that the Grill is not at the main resort bldg, but rather at the golf course.
In all fairness and now that I have a few more minutes, I should also add that the service at Andrea was outstanding and that 2 of the dishes I tasted were very good (both handmade pasta dishes) and well proportioned. The wine service was also excellent and the atmosphere and ambiance were very nice although far from intimate (the opposite of, for example, the Studio at the Montage).
It was the appetizers and main courses that were the problem (i.e. 7 of the 9 dishes total that I tasted). 1 of those 7 dishes was actually good (though not great), but for $18, I expected more quality and quantity than 2 seared medium sized scallops on cauliflower puree. 5 of those 7 dishes were just incredibly bland - nothing bad tasting about them, but nothing good tasting about them either - they were sort of the culinary equivalent of high end vodka. The last of those 7 dishes (dover sole - $38) - was horrendous in conception, execution, proportion and flavor. There were only 2 tiny portions (3 bites each, tops), and my wife and I together couldn't/wouldn't eat more than half. It wasn't inedible per se, just bad enough that after 1 bite you have no desire to take another (although I did, just to be certain).