Tucked away on a quiet side street off Pacific Coast Highway, Michiko Soffer’s Nesai restaurant, at 217 Riverside Ave., is biting into Newport Beach Restaurant Week for the first time. Its menu features grilled artichokes and coffee-braised beef brisket.
“I tried to pick things that I felt were unique and popular to the restaurant,” Soffer said.
Restaurant Week returns to Newport Beach today with prix-fixe menus at more than 50 local restaurants. Some, like Nesai, are new to the Restaurant Week roster, while others are repeat customers.
Nesai is offering a three-course dinner menu during restaurant week that includes an appetizer, main course and a choice of house dessert for $30. Soffer once was married to the late local legend Sid Soffer, who once owned the Blue Beet, one of Newport’s oldest eateries.