Saturday, December 19, 2009

Lofty Expectaions at the Loft

The Loft at the Montage
30801 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, Ca. 92651

The girl in the picture above is my girlfriend's sister, Emily. Emily was turning twenty-one and in their family they have a tradition of going to the Montage and having brunch for birthdays. Fortunately, I was off that Sunday and could tag along with. I had never been to the Montage, let alone any really high-end resort before, so I had no idea what to expect.

As we pulled into the driveway and valeted my car, the service was phenomenal. Every person that we came into contact with, from the valet to the wait staff, was there to make sure that our every need was met. I had never seen anything like it. The decor of the hotel was contemporary and beautiful, kind of like a model home, with everything in its perfect place. I had the feeling that this is how the other half lives.

The Loft is the Montage's version of a coffee shop. They serve a little bit of everything. We were sat at 11, so we could choose from either their breakfast or lunch menus.  After perusing the menus, this is what everyone got.

This is the banana bread that was on the house, compliments of the chef. It was a little dry and did not really have too much banana flavor. Not really a big hit with our table.

This is the Build your own Benedict with lobster. It had a real good flavor to it, but the lobster was a little rubbery. They did not skimp on the lobster though, there were big hunks of it on the plate.

Above is the house-made ricotta stuffed crepes with blueberries and lemon. This was probably one of the best presented plates that arrived at our table. The taste however left a lot to be desired by me. I could not taste the ricotta, and I never got a hint of lemon. The crepes did have a good texture, but there was something missing.

Now we go from one the best plated dishes to one of the worst. This is the Build an Omlette. They have twelve items that you could add to it, duck confit, prime rib and rotisserie chicken to name a few.  The birthday girl decided on plain old ham and cheese omlette. Also served with a patty of potatoes, but when you are paying 22 dollars for this plate, couldn't they have added some garnishment to make the plate look less sterile. Not too many raves coming from our birthday girl on this one.

Next we have the two eggs any style. These eggs were cooked perfectly, but the hash brown patty was a little over-done. Just needed a little something extra on the plate to liven it up.

Here is the Club Sandwich. Smoked turkey breast and heirloom tomatoes with Garlic aioli. I did not get a chance to try this, but Sara said, "It was pretty good!"

This is the Rotisserie Pulled Pork sandwich, with fries being substituted for green papaya coleslaw. The sandwich had a lot of sauce on it, so it was difficult to taste the meat. The bun was great though, very soft.

Lastly, here was my choice for brunch, Chef Black's Bistro Burger. When I saw this twenty-five dollar burger, I knew that I had to try it. The burger comes with black truffle butter, escarole and garlic, and midnight moon cheese. The first bite of this burger, hit my mouth with a lot of flavor, and it mellowed from there. It was cooked perfectly, maybe a little salty at first but still a decent burger. The fries were good and the pickle slaw, that was really just rough cuts of pickles was just average.

So my thoughts on the Loft? Have I had better brunches? Yes, I have. Do I feel that it is worth the money for what you get? No, you can get better, and more food at half the price at most restaurants in the OC, but you are really paying for the killer view and atmosphere of this place, along with the great service. So for a special occasion, where you want to feel pampered like Paris Hilton at a day spa, this could be the place for you, just try to forget how much the meal is costing you.

So out of five silver spoons, five being best to zero, the Loft receives 3 silver spoons.
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1 comment:

  1. I have been to the Loft a number of times for breakfast. I agree you are there for the view, thier breakfast is just like any other hotel breakfast. Nothing special. Try the patio restaurant for lunch, very good, killer views.