Three of Orange County's hotels are celebrating Easter Day with dining by the sea along with family-fun events that will have little ones hopping in delight with up close and personal visits with the Easter Bunny. Montage Laguna Beach offers three distinctly different, but all gourmet, scenarios in the Grand Ballroom, Studio and The Loft. And those who enjoy the Easter dining experiences, can join in the fun at the resort’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. Fashion Island Hotel is offering two fashionably delicious brunch options, and at Hotel Irvine, guests will not only dine on delicious food, but also participate in fun bunny-centric activities and games including Easter Egg hunts, a petting zoo and live music.
Masterpiece Easter Celebration in the Grand Ballroom
Sunday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This extravagant Easter holiday meal is a 12-Station Masterpiece Brunch family affair featuring live musical entertainment, a champagne toast and complimentary photographs to preserve the memories. Brunch goers will receive entrance to the resort’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Breakfast Station offers eggs benedict, scrambled eggs, Applewood smoked bacon and more. There are also Omelettes Made To Order and a Waffle and French Toast Station. Charcuterie, grilled and marinated vegetables, cheese selections with accompaniments are Antipasto selections. There will be Santa Barbara smoked salmon, fruit choices, cream of asparagus soup and several salads, including Caprese, seasoned bocconcini and heirloom cherry tomatoes. Sushi Station favorites feature shrimp tempura, vegetarian and California rolls and spicy tuna. There will be Seafood On Ice, a Carving Station with salmon en croûte, roasted prime rib and roasted rack of lamb. The Children’s Station will serve cheese quesadillas, corn dogs and more. And for sweets, the Desserts table is brimming with festively elaborate treats compliments of Executive Pastry Chef Lee Smith.
$175 per adult, $55 per child ages four to 12, inclusive of gratuity and tax. For reservations, (949) 715-6420.
Easter Brunch at Studio
Sunday, April 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Once again Studio’s Easter Brunch complete with panoramic Pacific views, will be a memorable exquisite holiday meal. Chef Benjamin Martinek’s First Course is a choice of either Baby Gem Lettuces with Easter egg radish, shaved carrot, spiced almond, avocado and green peppercorn dressing; Seared Kona Kampachi with baby beets, smoked trout roe and horseradish yogurt; or Dutch White Asparagus and Lady Edison Ham with pecorino toscano mousse and sea asparagus gribiche. His Second Course offers a choice of Spinach Frittata with leek fondue, potato glass and hackleback caviar; Dungeness Crab Hash with roasted Kennebec potatoes, spring onion, pasilla chile, poached hen egg and fines herbs; or Pissaladière with early girl shaved tomatoes, grilled ramps, white anchovies, gordal olives and lemon basil. Entrees are Alaskan Halibut En Croûte with smoked egg sabayon, sugar snap peas, golden chanterelle and sprouted barley; Mary’s Farm Organic Chicken Roulade with garlic thyme pomme purée, morel mushrooms, green garlic and buttermilk chicken jus; or Superior Farms Spring Lamb Saddle with lamb sugo, fava bean, squash blossom and shaved garrotxa. Cheese Quadrello Di Bufala with buckwheat tartlet, quince and truffle will follow, and Dessert is Dominican Chocolate Pot De Crème with salted caramel and bourbon or Pear Cheesecake with vanilla, poached and roasted pears and sorbet.
$150 per guest, $60 per child ages four to 12, plus tax and gratuity. For reservations, (949) 715-6420.
The Loft Easter Brunch
Sunday, April 21, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Loft Brunch will be served early for those who want to get their full day started with delicious food served overlooking the ocean in a bright comfortable room, and it continues until 3 p.m. This special seasonal à la carte menu offers To Begin with California Avocado Toast with hard-cooked egg, cherry tomatoes and arugula; Smoked Salmon Rillette with toasted bagel, whipped boursin, red onion, avocado and heirloom tomato; Organic Mixed Greens with orange-lavender dressing; or Burrata and Speck Ham with cantaloupe, sweet peas, pea shoots and mint. There will be Pan Breads like Brioche French Toast and Apple and Mascarpone Crèpes with vanilla-bourbon caramel and Eggs such as Maryland Crab Cake Benedict with fingerling potatoes and chipotle hollandaise. Easter Features include Lamb Osso Bucco with spring pea risotto; Grilled Chicken and Brie Panini; and Pan-Seared Salmon with pickled ramps, morel mushrooms and asparagus-English pea nage. Easter Desserts offers Pear Blackberry Crisp, Profiteroles and more.
For reservations, (949) 715-6420.
Montage Laguna Beach
30801 Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
For more information, visit www.montagehotels.com/lagunabeach
Colorful Easter Buffet in the Ballroom
Sunday, April 21; seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
The whole family will be delighted with the bountiful selection of Easter dining at Fashion Island Hotel’s Easter in the Ballroom. The Egg-cellent Bar offers omelettes made to order, scrambled eggs, Applewood smoked bacon, breakfast sausages, potatoes and classic brioche French toast. The Bagel Bar features open-face warm brunch sandwiches like lobster salad, smoked salmon, avocado burrata and Nutella and bananas. There will be a Seafood on Ice display, Cheese Bar and a Kabob Bar with chicken and tzatziki sauce, mixed seafood with lobster cream sauce and seasonal vegetables with mint chimichurri. Savory entrees and sides include Herb-Roasted Prime Rib, Honey Roasted Ham, Chicken with preserved lemon and parsley mashed potatoes and Melange of Spring Vegetables. Sweets by Pastry Chef Andy de la Cruz don’t disappoint with Fruit Flambé, Strawberry Lemon Cupcakes, Carrot Bundt Cakes, Pineapple Cheesecake, Macaroon Baskets, Chocolate Pot de Crème, Lemon Bars and more. And, a selection of kid-friendly sweet and savory favorites will be available.
$90 for adults, includes bottomless mimosas; $20 for kids ages five to 12 (kids four and under free), excluding tax and gratuity, Reservations available by calling (949) 760-4913.
Fashion Island Hotel
690 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
For more information, visit www.FashionIslandHotel.com
Stylish Easter Brunch at Oak Grill
Sunday, April 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Oak Grill’s Executive Chef Brittany Valles has baskets packed with delicious Easter brunch dishes planned for guest enjoyment and holiday celebrating. Of course all should feel free to wear their Easter finest as they make their way around the Fireside Patio where they’ll find live-action stations filled with traditional brunch favorites. The Cold Station is featuring fruits, granola parfaits, assorted pastries, cheese and charcuterie platters, smoked salmon and spring vegetable salad, and an Omelette Station will serve up scrambled eggs, crab cake benedict, smoked bacon, sausages and breakfast potatoes. A scrumptious Pancake Bar includes lots of add-ons as well as waffles with fried chicken. Everyone’s favorite sushi will be available and, for hearty appetites, the Carving Station will be serving Rack of Lamb with mint pesto, Herb Roasted Beef Tenderloin with red wine sauce, Salmon Wellington with mushroom duxelle and lemon beurre blanc and Grilled Chicken. Pastry Chef Andy de la Cruz will be whipping up Easter desserts to satisfy every sweet tooth. Bottomless mimosas with Moët & Chandon, bloody Mary’s with Ketel One, and Don Julio margaritas will be poured to add to the holiday spirit.
Easter Buffet pricing is $109 per adult and $29 for children ages five to 12. Children four years and under eat free. Pricing excludes tax and gratuity. Reservations available by calling 949.760.4920 or visiting opentable.com.
690 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
For more information, visit www.oakgrillnb.com
Easter Brunch in The Backyard
Sunday, April 21, with seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
This Easter the whole family will want to celebrate together at Hotel Irvine’s Easter Brunch in The Backyard. It’s going to be an egg-cellent time filled with TWO epic Easter egg hunts – one for kids and one for adults – a petting zoo, pictures with the Easter Bunny and live music. Brunch favorites at the chef-crafted buffet are A.M. FAVORITES like Banana-Nut Pancakes, Devil’s Quesadilla and fresh fruit; SEA LEGS featuring poached shrimp, crab claws, mussels, Ahi poke and more; and COOKED TO ORDER is The Catch of the Day. Also, there will be GREENS & CHEESE including Thai chicken salad, farmers market vegetable crudités and an artisan cheese board. CARVED TO PERFECTION offers Brazilian Picanha Sirloin Roast, Ginger and Clover Honey-Baked Berkshire Ham and Rotisserie-Roasted Colorado Leg of Lamb. Cantonese-Style Roasted Duck and Chicken and Shrimp Stir-Fried Glass Noodles are the highlights for CANTONESE & STIR FRY, and there will be SPUDS AND VEGGIES. Wait, here it comes…SWEET TOOTH wows with Bananas Foster, Boston Cream Pie, Strawberry Panna Cotta, Chocolate Sacher Torte and many other delectable treats. Of course, KIDS’ CORNER will satisfy young appetites, and for the adults – bottomless mimosas.
$75 per adult, $35 per child ages five to 12. Children four and under free. Pricing excludes tax and gratuity. Advanced purchase recommended. More information available by calling 949.225.6780 or visiting hotelirvine.com/easter to purchase tickets.
17900 Jamboree Rd.
Irvine, CA 92614
For more information, visit www.HotelIrvine.com