Opposites Attract: Rustica’s New Tasting Menu

If you’re looking to plan ahead for Valentine’s Day or if you want to treat yourself to a refreshing take on the prix-fixe dinners that are sure to have everyone’s hearts (and stomachs) swelling for the holiday, Rustica at Fashion Island will be hosting their twist on the romantic dinner Feb. 11-14 with Opposites Attract, proving that there’s more than one way to celebrate Valentine’s.

The Fashion Island restaurant is offering this special Opposites Attract menu in addition to its regular dinner menu choices Friday, Feb. 11 through Monday, Feb. 14 for $55 per guest, with optional wine pairings for each course for $40 per guest.

The menu includes:

Hot or Cold
Hot Poached Coastal Oyster in White Wine, Ginger Beurre Blanc, Micro Chives
Cold Cambridge House Smoked Salmon, American Caviar Cream, Crispy Potato Galette

Sweet or Spicy
Sweet Dungeness Crab Salad, Cucumber, Sweet Citrus Vinaigrette
Spicy Ahi Tuna Parfait, Mango, Siracha, Crispy Ginger

Light or Creamy
Light Crispy Skin Branzino, Israeli Cous Cous, Saffron Fume
Creamy Herb Dusted Salmon, Green Beans, Truffle butter Sauce

Dry or Wet
Dry 6oz Petite Filet, Foie Gras Mashed Potato, Cabernet Wine Reduction
Wet Beer Braised Kobe Short Ribs, Brown Sugar Yams, Natural Jus

Black or White
Black Valrhona Dark Chocolate
White Valrhona White Chocolate

The wines chosen to accompany the menu include choices from California as well as a dessert port from Portugal. Give the menu a try and you’ll see that when it comes to dinner choices, you just might be attracted to these seemingly opposite choices.

Rustica is located at 1133 Newport Center Dr., at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. For more information, reservations or to contact the restaurant directly, call 949.706.8282 or visit www.rusticafashionisland.com.

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