Honey is the Theme at Marriott Irvine Spectrum’s New Rooftop Bar and Restaurant

Photo by Werner Segarra

You might say honey is the theme at the new Marriott Irvine Spectrum. Both the restaurant, Heirloom Farmhouse Kitchen, and the rooftop bar, Hive & Honey, seem to specialize in the golden nectar. Heirloom, an airy space off the lobby that looks out to the pool, is filled with distinctive woods and farm-inspired surrealistic paintings. Chef Paolo Buffa’s Cal-Med “provisions” include Ancient Bread, a selection featuring rosemary sea-salt ciabatta, sage prosciutto, and cranberry pecan; among large plates is a brick-roasted Jidori chicken with Medjool dates, butternut squash, and toasted almonds; for dessert, consider a pie of macerated gala apples topped with a honey crunch. The rooftop bar, Hive & Honey, is an open-air venue that offers endless urban and mountain views, elaborate whimsical chandeliers, and heat lamps resembling larger-than-life white floor lamps. Featured cocktails are all kissed with honey in some fashion, as are the cornbread puffs and a grass-fed burger (limited to 25 per night). 7905 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, 949-759-0200, marriottirvinespectrum.com

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