True Food Kitchen has been in Newport Beach for about 3 years. I heard a lot of mixed reviews about this place. Good and bad. I wasn’t that eager to try the place out but my sister is into fancy healthy food. So my family and I went there on a Saturday night. Saturday night es no bueno. Our wait was about an hour and fifteen minutes. I believe they do not take any reservations. First come first serve basis.
As we waited, I just re-read through the Yelp reviews. It got 4 stars but comments were kind of all over the place. Even after the hour and fifteen wait, I couldn’t figure out what I wanted. Nothing seemed greatly appealing to me. I just had my sister order for the family.
Once we got seated we got drinks since they were pretty well known for their refreshing and healthy drinks. I first got what the waitor said was his favorite which was The Natural. Oh man, his favorite became my least favorite. Why did I order his favorite? I like to try other people’s favorite because it may become my favorite. But that in particular was a mistake. It was too natural for me. Way too natural. The Natural is basically ginger, agave, and soda. After sharing the drink, we all decided it was a no go.
So I switched to Green Arnie which is matcha green tea and honey lemonade. This was definitely a lot better but the powder of the green tea did not have a good consistency. Overall it was an ok drink. My sister got a popular drink according to Yelpers, the Medicine Man. It has a mix of sea buckthorn, pomegranate, cranberry, black tea, and soda. It was better than the Green Arnie.
In general, I don’t drink anything fancy with my meal because I like to keep it simple with water. But I decided to get a fruity drink since True Food Kitchen is known for their drinks. But. Never again will that happen. The Natural was too carbonated that it hurt the throat. Green Arnie tried too hard to be a healthy drink that it wasn’t flavorful. Medicine Man wasn’t the man I wanted him to be but he was definitely the best out of the three.
For appetizer we ordered a gluten free Albacore Escabeche. It’s a plate of citrus, avocado, cilantro, chili and scallion. Presentation was nice as it tasted. My family enjoyed it’s tender meat and it’s fresh taste to it. I tried a bite and couldn’t take it. I’m just not a fan of raw meat. It reminded me of sushi which I’m not too fond of. But hey, my family liked it. So that’s all that matters.
Will I go out of my way to get True Food Kitchen, again? Nah. Was the food worth it? Eh, not really. I think I’ll stick with Veggie Grill. It’s cheaper, tastes better, fulfilling, and less wait.