Starfish Laguna Beach has hired a new chef since my last visit. He came to work there about a year and four months ago. His name is Marco Romero and he is Venezuelan.
I was curious to see what a South American chef would make of this Pan Asian restaurant. Let me say at the start that he is doing a terrific job.
A large central bar dominates the restaurant. There are banquettes along one wall with tall stools, a quieter room toward the back and an outdoor patio. The décor is quite beautiful. Asian-style lanterns provide subtle lighting, a large mural of water and sky at dusk decorates one long wall, and beautiful woodwork defines the space.
The menu is divided in to four categories: rolls, raw bar and salad; small plates; veggies, noodles and broth; and sea and land. Each dish is beautifully presented on an array of attractive plates. Metal chopsticks are the utensils of choice, but traditional tableware is also available.