Broadway by Amar Santana – Dinner in Laguna Beach on a Wednesday in July 2013
Broadway by Amar Santana, Laguna Beach, CA
Food: Modern American Cuisine
- Overall: 8.0 vs. restaurants priced $$$/5.
- Ambiance: Very Good.
- Food: Exceptional.
- Service: Very Good.
- Wine/Drinks: Very Good.
My rating scale: Exceptional, Very Good, Good, Ok, Needs Improvement, Terrible.
Overall: I was extremely impressed. The appetizers, entrees and desert exceeded my expectations. Situated in downtown Laguna Beach and there is parking for customers. The restaurant opened in September 2011.
Ambiance: The restaurant can feel a little crowded and quite loud but I’d take that any day over empty and quiet. There is parking, which is a bonus. The wooden tables are warm and inviting but somewhat conflict with the cement walls and industrial beams throughout. No table clothes here. The interior is a weird combination of shabby chic, industrial, and country – but I like it.
Service: The service is very good. It took a while for the waitress to take the order, someone stepped in to support her, but from then on it was seamless. I’d recommend however that the servers should give the customer wine list immediately rather than the customer having to ask for it.
Food: Amar Santana has crafted some incredible dishes. The portions are on the smaller side but the taste and flavors aren’t. To start I had the: beer battered whole soft shell crab with roasted corn, avocado mousse, chipotle-lime vinaigrette and the Japanese Hamachi Sashimi with citrus miso dressing, avocado ice cream and baby cilantro. Both dishes were outstanding. For entrees I had the herb roasted Mediterranean Branzino with cauliflower puree, pickled clamshell mushrooms, and celery truffle jus. The mushrooms were incredible with a very sharp taste of vinegar. I also tried the pork cheeks, which were ooo so smokey and topped with white asparagus. It was called the grilled smoked Kurobuta pork loin, braised pork cheeks, whit peach-harissa puree, braised collard greems. For a side you have to order the fried brussells sprouts with Chinese sausage, cilantro, and sweet and sour. And…for dessert, you can’t go wrong with the Banana and peanut butter parfait or the chocolate mousse with crunchy peanut feuilletine (only miss - I wish they used real bananas instead of banana chips).
Wine/Drinks: Good selection of wines by the bottle, half bottle, and a nice selection of interesting cocktails.
Eat well my friends,
- Just A Guy That Loves Food.