Hinoki and the Bird

Hinoki and the Bird

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. -Walt Disney

Call it taking a break, or playing catch up with life if you will.

Yes, I’ve been on hiatus and my absence on jesswords.com has been apparent, even though I am still pretty active on IG and Facebook.  No, I am not abandoning my love for food. ^_~ There are a few reasons for that:

  1. I haven’t had much time to sit down and pull my thoughts together. Aka my excuse to play hooky. 😉
  2.  Moving can be time consuming. Oh yes! I’ve recently relocated and am now back in the OC for the interim, the search for delicious bites continues!
  3. Trying to explore ideas for the future of this blog. Where will this lead a year from now? Who knows? Foodie turned advice column? That would be an interesting twist, wouldn’t it?

I’ll have more on those  topics as I find answers for them. For now let’s feast our eyes on today’s delightful post.

Hinoki and the Bird, the name alone strikes a curious thought as my imagination sets in. I visualized a garden full of trees and blossoms while listening to birds chirping away like a Disney insert.. Well, it was quite that. It more amazing than that.

The Milo Garcia-designed indoor/outdoor space is housed on the ground floor of Related Companies’ luxury condominium tower, The Century. (taken from Hinoki and the Bird)

Your eyes will be fixated on the curvaceous entrance as you drive up to valet your vehicle.

The restaurant was once tied to chef David Myers but has not been affiliated with the restaurant for some time now, and Top chef Kuniko Yagi has also made her departure in 2014 after honing in her creative vision when the restaurant first opened in 2012. In 2015, enters chef Brandon Kida, from NYC and executive sous chef, Kei-Ichi Kurobe working their magic to seasonal California ingredients.  I am excited to see how the restaurant will evolve. It’s a pretty sweet location.

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The minimalist appeal already sets the mood for a relaxing dining experience amid the busy hustle and bustling city.  There are two parts to the restaurant: inside is the bar, table space and a few long tables possibly for larger parties or communal sharing.  I am excited about  the outdoor space, a garden feel without all the bugs swarming around and a cover to keep you from melting from the afternoon heat.  It appears that the outdoors dining is the primary focus as it’s much larger than inside.

Onward to libations. Who does’t love a good drink? I encourage you to experience the specialty cocktails. They have the details down.  I am a huge fan of ice and am impressed that they use perfectly clear cubes to their cocktails adding to the delightful sipping experience. I’ll pay the extra $$ for a beautiful and delicious drink.

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Son of a Bee Sting :Gin, ginger, lemon, rose water
Conquistador: Mezcal, pineapple, ginger, lime


The food: Simple and seasonal, executed sensationally. All the dishes that were ordered to satisfaction except the Chili crab toast, spicy cucumber, coriander: where the tomato flavors overpowered the delicate crab.

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Crab on toast, beef tartare
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Fresh cold pressed juice
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Refreshing crab noodles – Crab in every bite
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Sweet potato, bacon and creme fraiche


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Miso skirt steak – perfectly cooked and seasoned


The staff is sincere and almost impeccable. Without hesitation, this place is great for brunch with the girls or make it a date night with your beau. Might need a little planning if you plan to bring 10+ of your friends with you.

Eat and be well! <3 Follow me on IG to get daily updates!



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