True Food Kitchen to Open at Fashion Island

Developed by Fox Restaurant Concepts and best-selling healthy-living author Dr. Andrew Weil, the Phoenix-based restaurant features a menu and ambiance that appeals to sophisticated diners pursuing a balanced lifestyle.

‘True Food is unlike any restaurant in the nation,’ said Sam Fox, CEO and President of Fox Restaurant Concepts. ‘Our philosophy celebrates high quality locally-sourced ingredients to create a unique menu that tastes great while nourishing mind, body and spirit. We believe Fashion Island – with its discerning and health-conscious customers – is the perfect place for us to expand.’

True Food Kitchen will open in the 9,600 sq. ft. space formerly occupied by Blue Coral next Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse.

Keith Eyrich, President of Irvine Company Retail Properties, said True Food Kitchen responds to consumers’ evolving focus on healthy lifestyle choices.

‘Fox Restaurant Concepts produces well-run restaurants that focus on attention to detail,’ he said. ‘We are proud to be a place where successful new restaurant concepts such as Fleming’s and Cafe R&D are launched. We believe True Food Kitchen – already a success at Biltmore Fashion Park in Phoenix – will be a popular dining destination in Newport Beach.’

Executive Chef Michael Stebner said his menus are influenced by Mediterranean, Asian and Californian cuisine.

A wide variety of offerings will include soups; appetizers; salads; pasta; rice and noodle dishes; wood grilled dishes; sandwiches and burgers; brick oven pizzas and desserts. A sample of dishes includes Wild Smoked Salmon with Shaved Radishes; Lemon Cream & Wasabe Peas; Sashimi Tuna Salad with Avocado, Cucumber, Tomato, Edamame & Ginger; Curry Chicken with Rice Noodles; Cauliflower & Cashews; Green Tea Soba Noodles with Peas; Bok Choy & Lemongrass; Fresh Tomato Pizza with Pasilla Chile & Machengo; Grilled Wild Ahi Sliders with Wasabi, Radishes and Cucumber on Pumpernickel; and Natural Half Chicken with Farro, Walnuts, Dried Fig, Brussels Sprouts & Squash. The Fashion Island location will also offer a breakfast component and catering.

The restaurant will offer a selection of coffee drinks, natural juice blends, hot and cold tea, sparkling wine cocktails, organic and low calorie beer and sake. All wines are selected based on wineries’ commitment to organic, biodynamic and/or sustainable farming practices.

The decor will be warm and inviting, open – and ‘green,’ officials said. Materials selected for the interior are environmentally friendly, including caesarstone quartz countertops, low voltage LED lighting, low VOC paint, white oak butcher block tables & countertops and more. The restaurant will participate in a recycling program as part of its membership in The Green Restaurant Association.