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Los Brisas Laguna Beach A Heavens Delight


Laguna Beach, CA – January 15th, 2015 – Meshpress

Just about an hour and a half south of Los Angeles is the town of Laguna Beach, a seaside community, noted for its artist, beautiful beeches and fine restaurants. Recently, this writer made a call to James R. Chylewski, the Executive General Manager of Las Brisas Restaurant. His happy attitude enthralled me so much, that we had a wonderful conversation about food and music, a passion we both share. As a result, I decided to take a trip to Laguna Beach and savor the taste of the Mexican Riviera.When I arrived, I met Fouad Ziady, the gentlemen who has spent 33 years at this establishment. Mr. Ziady informed us about the history of the restaurant.

Victor Hugo’s was built in 1938 as a world class restaurant, where celebrities would enjoy a get away after finishing a film. In 1979 the Real Maz corporation purchased Victor Hugo’s and renamed it Las Brisas. Since that time,the restaurant has specialized in Mexican cuisine from the Mexican Riviera. On this particular afternoon, the view of the ocean and the rose garden was so breathtaking that it made our culinary journey an occasion to remember.

My guest, Antonio loves Mexican cuisine and perused the menu promptly. Our first choice was the popular Guacamole, made to order, along with a fresh Strawberry Virgin Margarita and a Coconut-Pineapple Drink.The Guamole appetizer is prepared with Hass avocado, cilantro, serrano chile, red onion, cotija cheese and fresh squeezed lime juice with an order of tortilla chips  The two drinks are prepared with fresh fruit, fresh coconut puree and simple syrup..Our waiter’s Brain Brynes and Rigorbrito Miranda had many suggestions, two of which were the Queso Fundido, prepared with shrimp, chorzio, manchego, shitakee mushrooms, chili lime chips, and  Gazpacho soup. The soup is  prepared with a chilled blend of seasonal vegetables, served with fresh tomato sorbet, Hass avocado, cucumber and crab. That is just what we needed to refresh our day.

As with any great restaurants, the chef and his staff make the success of the restaurant, along with good management. Executive Chef  Aurelio Sanchez prepares his dishes from scratch. Concerning the clientele who enjoy dining at Las Brisas Chef Sanchez states’ We call ourselves United Nations from July-August, when The Pageant of Masters upon us.” With that thought, it was time for our main entrees. Tony Wilson selected the Especial de Mexico, a steak enchilada with a shrimp rellano. I ordered the Seabass Tomatillo, which is prepared with roasted tomatillos, fresh tomatoes, capers and garlic, served with sautéed seasonal vegetables and garlic mashed potatoes. Ah, what a delight.

The service and the ambiance is one that I will remember for years to come.

Fouad Ziady joined us for desert and chatted about some of his experiences with celebrities. One of his stories was about Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones. Mick had came to dine when the restaurant was closed after lunch and Mr. Zioty has asked him and his entrouge to enjoy the patio.Apparently the rock star did not realize the restaurant was closed that afternoon. Other notables such as Robert DE Niro and President Bush, along with O.J. Simpson and many football greats have enjoyed the tranquility of Las Brisas.

While dining, enjoying the ocean view and the beautiful rose garden, we ended our culinary journey with a coconut flan and a Chocolate Mousse served in a florentine shell with coffee liqueur and creme anglaise sauce.

Celebrity Scene News awards 5 stars to Las Brisas Restaurant for a fine dining experience and an incredible ocean view, with excellent service. For more information or to make reservations call (949) 497-5434 or visit www.lasbrisaslagunabeach.com.

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