Good Summer Eats

Montage offers ‘taste’ during June

By: By Kenneth Shapiro

Montage Laguna Beach // (c) 2009


Montage Laguna Beach recently debuted an affordable culinary program for the month of June. Special prix-fixe menus offer a “Taste of Montage” in the oceanfront resort’s three restaurants, with prices from $30 to $90 per person. Choose from an outdoor poolside terrace, an elegant bistro-style restaurant with ocean views or the resort’s signature restaurant at the edge the Pacific.

Guests who opt for outdoor views can enjoy a $30 three-course lunch at the poolside Mosaic Bar & Grille (open daily for lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m). Luncheon appetizer, entree and dessert choices include: Crispy Dungeness Crab Cakes; Local Halibut Tacos With Cabbage, Pico de Gallo and Cotija Cheese, Lime Cream Sauce, Pinto Beans and Avocado Salsa With Tortilla Chips; and the Mosaic, featuring five flavors of house-made ice creams on Oreo crust.

The lunch or dinner $30 prix-fixe fare at The Loft (open daily for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m.) features Chef Brian Black’s creative American cuisine. Dishes include: Salad of Wild Arugula; Charred Heirloom Tomato Bisque with Old School Grilled Cheese; and German Chocolate Cake. The $45 three-course dinner includes Jumbo Grilled Artichoke with garlic and basil aioli; Fire-Roasted Organic Chicken Breast with macaroni and cheese, white asparagus and wild mushroom sauce; and Flourless Chocolate Cake with Hazelnut Craquelin Ice Cream and Nutella Anglaise.

Finally, a $90 three-course dinner menu at Studio (open nightly from 5 - 10 p.m.), includes: Risotto of Maine Lobster with mushrooms, wilted chard and aged parmesan; Pan-Seared New Zealand John Dory With Fennel Bulb, Cipollini Onions and Cauliflower in a Banyuls Reduction; and Crispy Banana With a Brown Sugar Cake, Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream and Brandy Anglaise.