Father's Day menus abound

June 16, 2010

Celebrate the man of the house at Sapphire Laguna, which is offering a prix-fixe brunch for Father's Day. Chef Azmin Ghahreman's three-course menu features international tastes for every palate. (And if your dad likes gourmet food, there's a great selection of gift ideas at Sapphire Pantry. You can put together a picnic basket to take down to the beach.)

Azmin's first course offers Indonesian chilled shrimp with green papaya, hot peanut sauce and curried shallots. For the main course, there are several choices, including a study of eggs Benedict, featuring fried green tomato, shaved tasso ham and country gravy; spicy halibut and Andouille sausage on grits with fried egg, hot pepper cream sauce and crispy okra; and an Aussie lamb burger on soft brioche bun with fried egg, pickled beets, chile mayonnaise and sweet potato fries.

The brunch includes a choice of rocky road ice cream cake with hot fudge and butterscotch, toasted marshmallows and candied walnuts; strawberry-rhubarb pie with vanilla ice cream; or white coffee panna cotta with caramel chantilly and cinnamon streusel.


It's served from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at $45 per person and $22 for children ages 5 to 12 (beverage, tax and gratuity not included). Reservations are recommended. The restaurant is at 1200 South Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach. For more information, call (949) 715-9888 or visit

Brunch and lunch

In the spirit of honoring Dad, Sundried Tomato American Bistro & Cafes in Laguna Beach is offering a premium Father's Day menu Sunday.

Brunch or lunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with all of the brunch classics such as eggs Benedict, steak and eggs, brie and caramelized onion omelet, and pound cake French toast. Special lunch items include grilled chicken club sandwich, chopped salad and rack of lamb with red wine raspberry sauce.

Dinner will be served from 4 to 9 p.m. and will feature steakhouse specials such a 16-ounce Meyer's Natural Angus prime rib, 14-ounce coffee-rubbed bone-in Delmonico steak, 8-ounce blue-cheese crusted filet mignon, 10-ounce grilled flat iron steak and herb-grilled shrimp with garlic-white wine sauce, all served with choices of delicious sides and sauces. A limited version of their regular menu will be available too, which includes special signature items.

Reservations are recommended. The restaurant is at 361 Forest Ave. in Laguna Beach. For more information, call (949) 494-3312 or visit

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