Chinoisia made its debut last week in San Juan Capistrano. It's a joint venture by Ambrosia alums David Tai (who also was maitre d' in the Wine Cellar of the Ritz at Newport Beach for six years) and Bob Lee (formerly of Ichibiri in South Laguna). They've designed a peaceful retreat with a menu of continental specialties with Asian influences. Appetizers include pot stickers and tuna carpaccio with three mustards, soy sauce and sesame oil. Entrees (which begin at $14.95) range from braised salmon in champagne and wild mushroom sauce to New York pepper steak flambeed with brandy at table side. Lunch Mondays through Fridays; dinner nightly. 32332 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, (714) 248-8888.
Mezzaluna Ristorante in Corona del Mar has begun Sunday brunches from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring Italian dishes and free champagne. A menu sampling: scrambled eggs with spinach and ricotta, omelets filled with mushrooms, ham and fresh herbs, and marinated salmon with fried eggs. All selections are served with sausage, Italian herb potatoes and pandoro, a sweet Italian bread. $10.95 and $12.95. 2441 E. Coast Highway, (714) 675-2004.