I’ve had my eye on True Food Kitchen since it opened last year, and with a beautiful spring day on the horizon and nothing else on the agenda, I knew it was time for True Food Kitchen and I to formally meet.
True Food Kitchen is an all-green, organic restaurant that uses simple, fresh ingredients in all of their dishes. Most items on the menu have anywhere from 3-7 ingredients TOTAL and complement each other quite nicely. The menu is inspired by Dr. Andrew Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid (which you can see here), and proves once and for all that eating healthy does not mean sacrificing flavor.
One of the things I loved most about True Food Kitchen was the bright and airy space. There’s an outdoor patio that is partially covered/uncovered, a large bar area, a private dining room, and plenty of seating within the restaurant. Since it was a beautiful day out, I opted to sit on the patio.
Now let’s talk about the good stuff. The Food. As a food allergy sufferer, these types of restaurants with simple basic ingredients are my mecca. I know exactly what I’m ingesting and don’t have to worry about any allergy after-effects. I started my meal off with a drink called “The Natural,” made with agave, ginger, and soda water.
I normally don’t rave much about drinks (well not nonalcoholic ones anyway), but this drink was superb. Light, fizzy, refreshing, with that added ginger zing. It’s the perfect drink on a warm day and I couldn’t get enough. I even tried to re-create the drink later that weekend at home but it was more of a Ginger Drink FAIL than anything. I think I need to work on my ginger to soda water ratio…
I wasn’t starving when I arrived at True Food Kitchen, so I kept it simple with the hummus and fresh pita and the turkey burger. The hummus had some herbs in it which gave it nice flavor, and the pita was warm and delicious (and whole wheat!)
The turkey burger came with provolone cheese, avocado, tomato and a site of sweet potato hash and kale salad. While the burger was perfectly cooked it seemed to be missing something. Maybe some herbs or a little spice? I was still drooling over the hummus when the burger arrived so perhaps I was already slightly biased. I do think I’d like to try a few other things on the menu before venturing back to the turkey burger, but it is a good choice for someone who doesn’t want a lot of spice with their food.
The Kale salad however was pretty epic, and the simplest ingredients ever! Just kale, lemon, breadcrumbs. I don’t know what they did to this salad but I gobbled it down. The sweet potato hash was also pretty decent, but then again I’ll eat anything involving sweet potatoes.
Overall I was very impressed with True Food Kitchen. I’m definitely planning on coming back and trying more of the menu (and of course getting another “Natural” drink). It’s the perfect spot for when you are looking for something that is delicious and nutritious, and equally satisfying. Oh and it’s just minutes away from the beach – can’t beat that.
True Food Kitchen
451 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660