With A Revamped Menu, Las Brisas Celebrates 40 Years

Las Brisas has an entirely new dining and beverage experience for guests. The innovative sea-to-table culinary programming delivers bold, traditional Mexican flavors captured with fresh Californian ingredients. Authentic techniques and housemade specialties, such as tortillas, rich salsas, and slow-braised meats, treat guests’ palates with simply executed dishes.
New Executive General Manager Michael Gaines has collaborated with Las Brisas’ culinary team, creating a menu reflective of the vibrant, ocean setting and local bounty. Working alongside Gaines is General Manager of Operations Howard Gardner who brings more than 25 years of experience. Together the pair are putting food and service at the forefront of Las Brisas. “Our number one priority is ensuring that our longstanding community and visitors have an exquisite experience from the moment they step on the Las Brisas property. The views are—as always—stunning, and our goal was to create a culinary program that is just as memorable,” shares Gaines.
The chef-driven menu draws inspiration from a 3,000-mile savory adventure through the Mexican Riviera, highlighting California’s seasonal bounty from land and sea. Welcoming guests for all-day dining, the restaurant serves breakfast and lunch, indulgent dinner selections, and Sunday brunch. Menu highlights include French Toast served with seasonal fruit, cacao nibs, toasted macadamia nuts, and tangerine butter; Hiramasa Crudo with crispy shallots, cilantro, lime, and olive oil; Dungeness Crab Salad with grapefruit, avocado, Frisée, and green goddess dressing;  Seared Sea Scallops with cauliflower puree, tomatillo, green olives, and sparkling wine beurre blanc; Al Pastor Tacos with charred onion, pineapple, cilantro, and salsa verde; and Roasted Chicken with mole, rice, onion, and white sesame seeds, among many other dishes.
Rounding out the menu is a beverage program centered on approachable favorites and traditional mixology, in addition to an extensive tequila library and a well-rounded list of wines. Seamlessly balanced selections include the Spicy Margarita with Pueblo Viejo Blanco Tequila, fresh lime, and agave-chili tincture; Salty Dog with Tito’s Vodka, grapefruit juice, with a salted rim; and Mai Tai with Plantation Pineapple Rum, Curaçao, lime, orgeat, and bitters. The diverse wine collection filters prominent classics for meal pairing with limited-production international bottles, ideal for special occasions. Purveyed from vintners in Italy, France, New Zealand, and Argentina, as well as the Californian coast, guests remain well-equipped to complement the contemporary cuisine with a light libation and laid-back environment. Located at 361 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, Las Brisas is open daily for breakfast or brunch, lunch, and dinner. Reservations can be made via OpenTable and walk-ins are welcome.

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