At the Newport Beach Restaurant Week kickoff party, we had the pleasure of talking with Chef Chad Blunston from bambú Restaurant at the Fairmont Hotel. He was very excited about his new customized menu catering to guests' special dietary needs.
It is called Lifestyle Cuisine Plus and can be requested along with the regular menu. It's a very innovative concept formulated by the Fairmont Hotel chain that is uniquely expressed here in six specific categories: heart healthy, diabetes, vegan, raw, macrobiotic and gluten free. Each category features an appetizer, an entrée and a dessert.
We wanted to try selections from both menus, so we spent a bit of time perusing the many choices under the Brobdingnagian lamps hanging from the lofty three-story-high ceiling of this classically decorated hotel dining room. You know the drill … leather chairs and booths, floral patterned carpet, etc. What distinguished the space was a curved planter running the length of the room filled with giant bamboo trees and greenery, as well as a wall of windows facing a lush garden and a small pool and fountain, which our waiter referred to as the "sea" view.