South Coast Plaza’s fine dining and fast-casual restaurants are offering a variety of special menu items in March to mark the 50th anniversary of the world-renowned retail center. Diners and shoppers-on-the-go can indulge in culinary treats as varied as carnitas tacos to commemorative cocktails, desserts and cookies, expressly created for the milestone and available this month. Fifty years ago, on March 15, 1967, the Segerstrom family unveiled what would become an internationally acclaimed shopping destination on former lima beans fields in Costa Mesa. South Coast Plaza’s 50th anniversary will be celebrated throughout 2017. South Coast Plaza diners will find a variety of anniversary offerings throughout the month of March:
Antonello Ristorante: A favorite of South Coast Plaza developer and arts philanthropist Henry Segerstrom for decades, Gamberi alla Henry is a tableside preparation of jumbo prawns, created by restaurateur Antonio Cagnolo and available this month only.
Darya Fine Persian Cuisine: Enjoy a three-course prix fixe dinner menu, with choices, for $50. Includes a glass of wine.
Hamamori Restaurant & Sushi Bar: Experience a memorable five omakase menu from chef James Hamamori for $50. Dinner only.
Mezzet Mediterranean Cuisine: Sample vibrant flavors with a three-course menu for two for $50 with choice of entrees.
Quattro Caffé: Pizza South Coast Plaza features prosciutto di Parma, Puglia burrata, cherry tomatoes and Tuscan olives.
Royal Khyber Fine Indian Cuisine: Partake of a three-course prix fixe dinner menu, with choices, for $50. Includes a glass of premium wine.
Seasons 52: The 50th Anniversary Mini Indulgence is a Greek vanilla yogurt mousse with orange marmalade and shortbread cookie.
Vaca: Enjoy chef Amar Santana’s three-course prix fixe dinner menu, with choices, for $50.
The Chaparral, a gin and tonic artisanal cocktail made with Cutwater Spirits Old Grove Gin, Escubac liqueur, East Imperial yuzu tonic, sage and orange has been created expressly for the anniversary by bar manager Michael Rooney.
FAST CASUAL AND QUICK BITES
Antonello Espresso Café and Champagne French Bakery Cafe: Both are offering special 50th anniversary cookies.
Lawry's Carvery: has a complimentary Golden Anniversary Cheesecake dessert with $30 purchase.
Nékter Juice Bar: The 16 oz. Toxin Flush (parsley, spinach, apple, lemon and ginger) is $5 in March.
Wahoo’s Fish Taco: Top chef Brian Huskey has created a Camarena tequila chipotle-braised carnitas taco entrée for $5.50 in honor of the 50th anniversary. Available beginning March 7.
zcafé: The soup of the month for March is the Segerstrom Family Lima Bean Soup made with their heirloom recipe and beans from the Segerstrom Ranch in Costa Mesa. Available beginning March 5.