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Visiting Our Vineyards

OCTOBER 2014 Yuan Boutique Bistro and Dim Sum Restaurant By L.L. Lyle Although opened only recently, Yuan restaurant has already cultivated a ded-

icated and loyal following, especially from the doctors, nurses, and other staff, working in the Temecula Valley Hospital across the parkway that often drop in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. In fact, if you happen to be visiting someone in the hospital, or are there on other business, you might want to check it out. Conveniently located on Temecula Parkway in Temecula, on the far west side

of the Stater Bros. shopping plaza. Yuan is a little hard to find at first, but well worth the effort. As mentioned, Yuan serves breakfast, highly unusual for an Asian restaurant, however the fact that it does is evidence of the customer focused ap- proach, and indeed, the backgrounds and the personal perspectives that Howe

Bao and John Wu, owners and propri- etors of Yuan, have developed over the years of their restaurant experience. That experience includes ownership, as- sociations, and management of Asian restaurants in Manhattan, New York, and Aspen, Colorado; and all beginning with their growing up in the restaurant busi- ness in Shanghai, China, before opening Yuan.

Pork Dim Sum

I met Diane and Gino Simones at

Yuan for lunch recently. And although the space which Yuan occupies is nar- rower than a lot of restaurants the tall glass doors and elegant décor give a feeling of spaciousness. This is created in part because the very high ceilings and use of natural earth tone tiles on the walls running all the way to the ceiling, plus subtly lit cubby holes high up on the walls displaying Chines porcelain vases, all work together creating the sense of roominess. Howe explained that the vases were brought over from China. The artwork is characteristic of the Yuan Dynasty, (1271-1368) a period charac- terized by cultural enlightenment, and especially porcelain artwork.

Diane, Gino, and I, were seated by

the hostess at one of the large booths against the wall as other early lunch guests began to enter. The place set- tings give the first hint that Yuan is not your standard neighborhood paper- wrapped wooden chopsticks that must be split apart prior to use, classic Chi- nese restaurant.

Instead, Yuan’s chop-

sticks have the appearance of black ivory and are presented at the table wrapped in fine linen napkins folded on dazzling white plates. The chopsticks are bordered by detailed golden bro- cade.

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