Las Brisas in Laguna Beach

by Robyn Wright on June 10, 2013

in Food

Last week I went to southern California for a blogger event (more to come on the trip). On our first night we were treated to dinner at Las Brisas in Laguna Beach. I thought I would share a few pictures.

Laguna Beach in Southern California

I was so excited to see the ocean and the beach. This is in front of Las Brisas at Laguna Beach. We had an overcast day, but it was still so pretty and serene I thought.

sculpture at Laguna Beach by the ocean. I do not know what it is

I have no idea what this sculpture is supposed to be – real or abstract – but it was interesting and I just loved the ocean as the backdrop and the palm trees and succulent plants around it.

Las Brisas RestaurantMojito

Why yes, I will have a mojito, thank you! This was really an excellent mojito – the best I have had in a long time. Not too sweet, not too bitter, and the mint was just right!

Appetizer platter

We had family style appetizer platters that included jalapeno poppers, cheese quesadilla, guacamole (avocado, cilantro, serrano chile, red onion, cotija cheese and fresh lime juice with chips), and Calamari Ajillo (lightly fried squid, roasted garlic beurre blanc, tomatoes and ancho chiles). The calamari I tried a bite of and it was rubbery – way overcooked. The jalapeno I tasted was good. I skipped the quesadilla. The fresh guacamole was wonderful – I wish I could have eaten more (but my diet means only tastes of things).

Salad Primavera

Salad Primavera: Organic greens, caramelized walnuts, pears, cranberries, feta cheese and citrus-ginger vinaigrette. Excellent salad – I especially liked the pears in it and the tomatoes were so juicy!

Pasta de Mariscos with no pasta

We had a choice of three entrees, I decided on the Pasta de Mariscos. You might notice that there is no pasta on my plate though. I asked for it that way. The dish sounded wonderful and I love pasta, but it is just sort of a filler for me these days so I told the server “I’ll have the pasta without the pasta please”. They were happy to oblige my request. The dish is Wild Mexican shrimp, jumbo sea scallop, Canadian crab claws, New Zealand green mussels and fresh Chinook salmon sautéed with spicy tomatoes, garlic, and basil. (Normally with angel hair pasta too).

dessert tray

Then dessert – another platter (several platters). There were cream puffs, flan, chocolate dipped strawberries, a chocolate layer cake, cheesecake, and crème brulee. Even though I am still in the process of losing weight I do not deprive myself of the occasional taste of dessert. I took a tiny bite of cheesecake and chocolate cake and a small spoonful of the crème brulee which was to die for!

Have you ever been to Las Brisas? Which of the foods that I showed would you want to taste most?

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{ 13 comments }

1 nanlara June 10, 2013 at 9:46 pm

the salad primavera looks so good

2 Robyn Wright June 11, 2013 at 2:37 pm

It was very good!

3 terrik June 10, 2013 at 10:40 pm

I’ve never been, but if I’m ever in the area I’d sure go after this review. That salad looks wonderful, I’d be happy with just the salad and the chocolate covered strawberries. What is that thing between the cheesecake and the chocolate layer cake?

4 Robyn Wright June 11, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Oops, I missed a dessert. Not sure what that was, I didn’t taste that one. Everyone said those chocolate covered strawberries were really good but so filling because the chocolate was thick on them.

5 mail4rosey June 11, 2013 at 2:40 am

That all looks delicious to me!

6 Robyn Wright June 11, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Agreed!

7 Robin June 11, 2013 at 5:28 am

I have never been to Las Brisas, but it looks lovely. I would definitely like to try the Salad Primavera and the chocolate layer cake!!

8 Robyn Wright June 11, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Everyone wants the salad it seems :-)

9 donna W June 12, 2013 at 2:25 am

Welcome to Southern California – I live about 1 hour from Laguna Beach. I have never been to Las Brisas. The chocolate covered strawberries look amazing. I would select the salad primavera and nibble off of my husband’s entree. Hope you had a great time in So Cal.

10 Robyn Wright June 13, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Thanks Donna – I always enjoy southern California. I will be headed back next week again to San Diego this time.

11 slehan June 13, 2013 at 2:37 pm

I want to try the pasta dish with the angel hair pasta. But I would eat it like you did too. Love seafoods of all kinds.

12 Robyn Wright June 13, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Me too – gotta have the seafood! YUM!

13 KelliSmithgall June 16, 2013 at 10:43 pm

The guacamole and Salad Primavera (sans the feta cheese) is super delish, and the Ahi Quemada is one of my favorite seafood dishes there :)

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