Last night we celebrated my mother-in-law’s birthday at the restaurant Studio at the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach. Studio is located on the cliffs overlooking the ocean. The views are magnificent from the restaurant!
The service is outstanding — friendly, knowledgeable, professional staff. And the food … is one of the ultimate eating experiences in Orange County. It’s expensive, but it’s a great place for special occasions and out-of-town guests.
My husband and his brother ordered the chef’s tasting menu. At a restaurant like Studio, the tasting menu is definitely the way to go. Here’s a “visual tour” of the tasting menu.
Chef Strong’s Tasting Menu
The third course was poached halibut with roasted tomatoes, greens and orecchiette pasta. The halibut was so light and moist.
I thought the desserts were the best. The sixth course was a trio of crepes with nutella, an orange sauce, candied oranges and orange sorbet.
I ordered the carrot cake for dessert. It was a very unusual pairing … carrot cake brioche, light cream cheese frosting in a funnel of burnt sugar and coconut sorbet with candied ginger. Delicious!!!
We all had a wonderful evening. If you get a chance to try Studio, you won’t be disappointed! I’ve added it to my list of favorite restaurants in Orange County.