so-so sojourn at Sapphire

Austin’s been meaning to get me here for a while now and we finally make it to lunch with Priscilla and Selene. It was a beautiful day so we decided to sit outside underneath the big umbrellas to enjoy our meal instead, although the interior was rather inviting as well.

Quite a few things caught our eye and after a quick discussion we sat back and sipped our iced teas ($5 — was terribly steep for iced tea!!!!) and Austin on his Adult Lemonade ($14 — highway robbery!) while we waited for our food to arrive.

Priscilla’s Daily Curry ($13) was pork and it was served with steamed rice. I liked the flavor of the curry, a nice mix of spices with only a hint of heat, however, the pieces of pork were very fatty and half of it was left untouched. There was also a higher potato ratio to the pork which resulted in a high carb dish.

I had eyed the Grilled Prime Sirloin Steak with Blue Cheese Butter ($16.50) but Selene was looking at it too so this was something we were all in agreement with. The steak was at the right temperature albeit I could taste the iron-y aftertaste of the meat which wasn’t very pleasant for me. I also wanted more blue cheese on the steak. The accompanying slaw was absolutely delicious and thee acidity and subtle sweetness of the dressing delightful.

The Crazy Cobb Salad ($16.50) was my choice and it sounded so great on paper. Lobster, shrimp, scallop, roasted pork and chicken topped a bed of mixed greens. I asked for the tarragon dressing to be served on the side. The scallop was raw so they offered to cook the scallops more. Really liked the creamy tarragon dressing though.

Austin’s Kobe Beef Havarti Cheeseburger ($16.75) was the best item we ordered, mind you it didn’t look like much when it arrived on the plate. I thought it looked really boring without much fanfare, but once I took a bite of it, the flavors burst in my mouth and I wish I had decided to order two of these instead. The dijonnaise was a really nice touch and I thoroughly enjoyed the accompanying garlic fries.

In lieu of dessert, we opted for the Chelsea’s Selection ($12) a sampling of four artisanal cheeses from Sapphire Pantry’s “Cave d’Affinage”. My favorite was the blue.

At the end of the day, the meal wasn’t reflective of the price tag. Again, yes, I know we are paying for eating in Laguna Beach and should be thankful for the lovely views, but when my food isn’t wow-ing me, it makes it really hard for me to feel like my meal was justified. I’m glad I ate with my good friends though because THAT was the best part of the whole Sapphire experience.

Sapphire Laguna
1200 S Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Tel: 949-715-9888

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