Vol. 1, Issue 23, July 11-17, 2008
By Paulina Woods
31115 Rancho Viejo Road, San Juan Capistrano, 949.487.7915
Most popular dish: Fish ‘n’ Chips; Innovative Sushi
Best known for: Salads
With Ostrich burgers to a full sushi menu, Joseph Carabott combines his Australian cooking background with his Japanese culinary skills at his new San Juan Capistrano restaurant in Marbella Plaza. Opening its doors two weeks ago, Aussie Bistro, which Carabott runs with wife, Daniella, has quality, healthy food at an affordable price. “I’m always putting in the personal touch,” he said. “Everything is made from scratch; that includes the burgers, chips (aka fries) and bread.” Carabott’s personal favorite is the Pita Pocket “Sanga” (sandwich), which can be made with prawns, chicken tenders or sirloin tips. “Many women don’t want a heavy sandwich, and this is perfect,” he said. For a bigger appetite, the Innovative Sushi is made with the American eating habit in mind: It’s thicker and has more filling. On the lighter side, there are a variety of salads from the Watercress n’ Spinach to the Surfers Paradise Prawn Salad.
PRICE RANGE: Lunch, $6.95–$15.95; dinner $6.95–$22
RESERVATIONS: Accepted one hour in advance
PAYMENT METHODS: All major credit cards, cash
HOURS: Daily, 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m.; 5 p.m.–9 p.m.