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Purple Peruvian Scallops Yellowtail Poke Grilled Calamari a la Plancha

Beach Branzino

The fresh-caught Yellowtail was presented as poke tuna, Wakame ponzu, pineapple, avocado, Wakame seaweed and wonton chips. This dish was beyond words. Even though I’m not a fan of olives, Chef insisted that I try the Grilled Calamari a la Plancha, with grilled calamari served with sun-dried tomatoes, Kalamata olives, fresh basil, tomato oil and shaved Parmesan. I surprisingly didn’t mind the olives with all of these fresh ingredients. For our main course, we enjoyed the Beach Branzino (serves two), whole

branzino a la Plancha and baked atop asparagus, sun-dried tomatoes, EVVO olive oil, sea salt and sauce Vierge, so buttery and divine melt-in-your-mouth goodness from the sea. On our next visit, I look forward to ordering the Fettucine Shrimp Pasta.

For carnivores there are Burgers and Outskirt Steak as well as a few other menu items not listed here. Dessert was a special treat: Tres Leche with Mango and Apple Pie in a mini skillet. The entire dining experience was so memorable, and I highly recommend that you get over to The Rooftop Lounge about 90 minutes before sunset for the full experience and be sure to make reservations. They also offer weekday lunch and an incredible Saturday and Sunday Brunch beginning at 11 a.m. The restaurant’s makeover comes courtesy of Los Angeles-based interior design studio M. Winter Design, whose founder Matt Winter is known for us-

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ing his eclectic and unique eye to create authentic atmospheres and lifestyle destinations using vintage pieces that are praised by collectors, designers and enthusiasts alike. New furnishing and finishes include rattan bistro seating, treated wood tables, lush greenery and original Spanish tile accents, which complement the coastal skyline and the hotel’s historical charm.

La Casa Del Camino, 1289 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach 949.497.2446

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