LAGUNA BEACH, CA – A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of experiencing one of the best seaside dining experiences in Southern California. Las Brisas, located in Laguna Beach, is a high-class, pricey, Mexican restaurant that specializes in seafood. I had the opportunity to try the Salmon a la Parilla, Tostada, and Fresh Guacamole. The standby wait time is usually long so I would definitely recommend reserving in advance. The service is top notch and outdoor seating is available (usually with a shorter wait). One gripe I had about Las Brisas is that the utensils did not look like they have been cleaned thoroughly, which is a real shame. For instance my fork had leftover residue from an earlier meal which is both disappointing and absolutely unacceptable.
Formerly a restaurant called Victor Hugo Inn, which was renowned for its famous Hollywood celebrities who frequently visited the joint, Las Brisas is built on the cliffs high above Laguna Beach. Las Brisas first opened its doors in the late 1970s and its menu is inspired by the food of Mexico’s west coast, specifically Acapulco and the Mexican Rivera.
Salmon a la Parilla ($20.00)
The Salmon a la Parilla, which was the entree that I ordered, consisted of grilled fresh Chinook King salmon, sautéed seasonal vegetables, roasted fingerling potatoes, grapefruit beurre blanc. This dish is one of my favorites at Las Brisas. For the most part, this dish did not disappoint. The meat was soft and the flavoring that complements the salmon was delicious. The potatoes and seasonal vegetables were excellent as well. Although I thought the salmon was a bit over done, this is a great dish that I recommend.
Fresh Guacamole ($12.00)
This starter includes hass avocado, cilantro, serrano chile, red onion, cotija cheese, fresh squeezed lime juice and warm tortilla chips. The Fresh Guacamole is starter dish that I also recommend. Simply put, everything tasted fresh and marvelously complements the tortilla chips.
This “grande salad” consists of organic greens, golden beets, beans, red onions, and guacamole with your choice of chicken breast, steak, fresh fish, or prawns. I had the opportunity to try the chicken breast. This elaborate-looking salad did not disappoint.
Overall, I would recommend Las Brisas to anyone who is looking for a solid, upscale Mexican restaurant. In addition, I would recommend seating alongside the windows in order to get that gorgeous seaside view which will definitely enhance your dining experience. Unfortunately you cannot reserve the window seating in advance. You must request the special seating once you arrive.
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