I’ve been in Cali these past two weeks and one of the most quintessential So Cal experiences is to go lunching by the beach…so that’s exactly what we did. We had a glorious lunch at The Montage Hotel in Laguna Beach.
The Montage Hotel is revered as a 5 star hotel by Forbes and was started by Alan Fuerstman (who after reading his WIKI….I’m super impressed by him.) During high school he started working part time as a bell man at The Marriott before joining their management training program. He worked his way up to even being recruited by Steve Wynn to open the Bellagio as VP of Hotel Operations! Currently, their are five operating Montage Hotels in the States. Today, The Montage Hotel Laguna Beach has changed ownership but that’s another story. Okay, back to my beachside lunch at The Loft in the Montage Hotel in Laguna.
We start off with a plate of garlic truffle fries, US$16 with a hint of parmesan cheese. We devoured pretty much the whole plate.
I ordered a Spring in Thyme cocktail which had a healthy amount of carrot juice, ginger and gin.
A glass of iced tea. I love that majority of places in Cali offer free refills for iced teas, soda, and juices.
Another look at my pretty cocktail, US$18.
Jann Clan or shall I say lunch bunch?
KK ordered the pan roasted salmon with watercress, fennel and mustard cream, US$34. I had a bite and the salmon was moist and juicy.
Papa Jann was feeling healthy…Yay. Keep it up babi! He went with the seared tuna and soba noodles, US$29. The seared tuna was just alight but the dressing on the soba noodles made this dish really lovely.
Mama Jann went with the Fish and chips, US$31. Beer battered pacific cod and lemon caper, aioli, malt vinegar as her main. I didn’t try this…so not sure what to say. Haha.
I was feeling healthy and went with the Loft Caesar with grilled chicken, US$29. Fresh hearts of romaine and white anchovy, with crouton and aged parmesan. Don’t let the picture fool you…it was a HUGE salad and it was MIGHTY good. The dressing was not over powering and was exactly what I was craving.
Desserts! While we were waiting for our dishes to arrive, our waitress was really sweet and asked if we were celebrating anything. My parents said KK and I recently got engaged and they surprised us with a lovely caramel cake! Needless to say, the service was great here.
Cheers! #SayJesstotheKing #bridetobe body here I come! Expect some lighter meals and lots of wedding highlights coming up! 😀
The Loft at The Montage Hotel | 30801 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
<3 Love, Jess