July 15 - 21, 2005
The Asian Persuasion
Great Asian restaurants, and the Asians (and Chuck Devore) who love them
GENERAL MANAGER, NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL
First of all, we refuse to believe Osajima eats anything, given that in the
months and weeks and days before last April’s film festival, any time you
dropped into her office unannounced, there she was: nose to the grindstone,
barking into the phone, whipping minions into shape—with nary a Subway
wrapper, Big Gulp or empty Dominos box in sight. But when the talk turned small,
Osajima did mention “friends” and “going out to eat” and “have you
ever eaten at . . .?”—clues that would lead you to believe she possessed
some semblance of a life beyond her messy perch across from the private jet
hangars at John Wayne Airport. ETHNIC
EAT (JAPANESE): 242 Café Fusion Sushi. “Chef Miki Izumisawa employs
a palette of some traditional and some surprising ingredients to create
specialty dishes with such fanciful names as Sexy Hand Roll and Enjoy Shitake
Feeling. Forget their standard spicy tuna rolls and take advantage of this rare
window of opportunity to sample the talents of a true artist.” 242
N. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, (949) 494-2444; http://www.fusionart.us/.
ETHNIC EAT: THE SEQUEL: Sushi Wave. “This is our traditional hang.
Good, reasonably priced, with some yummy specialties like lobster hand roll and
special California roll, which is a California roll smothered in baked scallops.
Yum. You’ll see NBFF staff members in there with some regularity, as well as
those we’ve converted and those who converted us.” 2075 Newport Blvd.,
#108, Costa Mesa, (949) 722-8736; http://www.sushi-wave.com/.
AMAZING ASIAN: “Hmmm . . . non-Japanese . . . I had a really yummy
okra dish at Royal Khyber last night. Does Indian count as Asian? It
should, you know. Their dishes are aromatic and tasty to boot. You have to ask
for spicy, though, and they will oblige.” 1621 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa
Ana, (714) 436-1010; http://www.royalkhyber.com/.