I love trying new places, but for some reason when I’m finally ready to grab a bite I tend to lean towards going to my favorite go-to spots in Orange County. Fortunately this past Sunday our original dinner plans got nixed, which brought us to the Union Market where we stumbled upon KettleBar restaurant. So glad we decided to check it out because we loved it!
If you’ve never tried steam kettle cooking, I would highly recommend it. It’s southern seafood cooked in stainless-steel kettles from steam coming from a broiler. You see a line of kettles along a bar where the cooks prepare dishes in and when the food is ready, they lift a lever and pour the food into a bowl. The dishes are big enough to share which always makes for a fun dinning experience. It’s become a very big trend down here with Ritter’s Steam Kettle Cooking opening up various locations in the OC. While I haven’t tried Ritter’s, I can say Kettlebar blew us away.
My husband and I started off with their calamari and I have to say it was some of the best we’ve tried. So fresh and perfectly cooked. It didn’t come with much of a sauce because it didn’t need any. For the main dish, they have an array of choices from their signature Kettlebar Pan Roast, Cioppino, Bouillabaisse, Jambalaya and Gumbo dishes. We opted to try their Gumbo which had shrimp, crab and sausage along with the usual Gumbo trimmings, and it was so flavorful with the perfect amount of spice.
To end the night we ordered their beignets which came with a banana Nutella sauce that was heavenly. The beignets were perfectly light and fluffy. Along with our delicious drinks, it made for a perfect date night. The service was friendly and helpful. The decor and ambiance was upscale with red booths, tall ceilings, dark wood tables, modern lights and large mirrors. We can’t wait to go back and try some other menu items. 🙂
Have you ever tried steam kettle cooking? Are you a fan of Southern or Cajun food?
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