Photography Courtesy of Descanso Restaurant
As restaurants in SoCal are begin to open for inside dining it can feel like a chore to decide where to enjoy your first meal out of quarantine. When looking to bring the gang back together we can promise a fun night out when you score a coveted seat in this sizzling hot Hibachi establishment.
One of the newest reopenings to the Orange County dining scene Descanso has been making quite the mark in its short time since inception. Concept creator Rob Arellano came up with this unique idea of bringing the authenticity of a streetside taco cart into a sit-down restaurant and the reviews have been stellar. Think Benihana meets authentic Mexican food and you have Descanso; from the moment you walk in the door the vibe is full of energy. Patrons enjoying handcrafted cocktails at the bar and plancha grills serving hungry guests waiting to try the tantalizing menu items before them.
A modern taqueria, Descanso celebrates authentic Mexican flavors while drawing guests into the cooking experience with the chef. Sip on signature cocktails as Mexican classics are made to order and served hot in a lively setting that brings in the music, smells, and energy of a busy Mexican town. The staff is warm and welcoming, and within minutes you feel as if you are part of the family. Shortly after you are seated you can’t help but notice what others are sipping on around you. A variety of delicious concoctions are available and you can’t go wrong from the Mi Corazón comprised of Villa One Silver Tequila, Agave, Blood Orange, Pomegranate, Passionfruit and Lemon to the El Jefe which includes Makers Mark Bourbon, Amaro Liqueur, Aperol Liqueur and Lime.
The plancha menu showcases the freshest of ingredients from the mouthwatering Carne Asada to Chile Rellenos. Each entree is accompanied by your choice of soup or salad and Mexican Fried Rice. With the perfect mixture of old meets new melding traditional Mexican cuisine with a modern twist the regular menu is filled with savory items making it hard to choose. Whether you opt to sit at a plancha grill with others for a lively dining experience or a quiet table for two, you are guaranteed a meal you won’t soon forget.