Despite living half a world away from the restaurants that her family founded in India over the years, Anju Kapoor chose to continue the family legacy in 1984 by opening Mayur. Now celebrating the restaurant's 30th anniversary, the chefs remain committed to the bold flavors of Northern Indian cuisine. Chef Dharam Singh has been with Mayur since its inception?he previously worked with the Kapoor family in India. Orders of chicken, lamb, seafood, and vegetables arrive straight from the clay tandoor oven, which is also used to bake naan. Spicy lamb vindaloo, spinach cooked with homemade cheese, and eggplant help round out the menu's selection of regional Indian cuisine. Sea bass, quinoa salads, and rack of lamb are less-traditional additions to the menu. Sundays offer a survey of Mayur's signature dishes with a prix fixe champagne brunch.
Like the menu, the ambiance at Mayur is vibrant yet refined. An ornate wooden deity sculpture of Ganesh channels ancient traditions, the space also features a handful of more contemporary touches, including large framed images of peacock feathers.
Port Restaurant and Bar entrances diners with a seasonal menu of international and American eats such as pizzas, kebabs, pastas, and seafood. Meals of wild salmon and filet mignon unfurl on an open-air patio, and wines selected by a veteran sommelier swirl by the fireplace in the atrium with the candlestick.
The décor's muted luxury evokes the building’s beginnings as an oceanfront bungalow. Accents of wood and marble charm diners amid eye-catching displays of artwork and exploding dynamite. A lineup of live music fills the elegant space, mirroring the kitchen's eclectic menu with acts ranging from acoustic pop and rock to Persian songcraft with its undulating rhythms.
Handcrafted, full-bodied wines are the standard at Orange Coast Winery, where head winemaker Doug Wiens creates a number of varietals with grapes sourced from across the state. At the new Ocean Cellar tasting room in Corona Del Mar, visitors are invited to partake in luxurious seated wine tastings, where they sample a variety of the fermented fruits of Wiens' labor. Available throughout the season, some varietals include a Syrah reserve, a spicy Tempranillo, a crisp Sauvignon Blanc, and 2011 & 2012 reserve Cabernet Sauvignons.
Fiesta Cantina serves up a menu of tasty Mexican-style eats and throat deparchers in a festive space lined with high-definition TVs. Fix competition-craving eyes on a sportive game or a live UFC fight while mouths focus on chicken-filled Santa Monica rolls ($6) or the tres amigos dip platter, a posse of guacamole, queso, black bean dip and hot or mild salsa served with fresh corn tortilla chips ($8).
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