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Sapphire Laguna Restaurant Review: Sapphire Laguna captures Laguna Beach’s dual nature as a homespun artist community and sophisticated coastal city. Chef Azmin Ghahreman presides over this charming bistro, which channels Laguna’s art and architecture along with the chef’s passion for world cuisines. Located in the Old Pottery Place complex in the space formerly occupied by The Pottery Shack, Sapphire Laguna owes its look to interior designer Si Teller, who combined Craftsman-style open architecture and warm woods with touches like hand-blown glass from local artist John Barber. Ghahreman’s contemporary dishes draw plenty of excitement by exploring global flavors. We enjoy starting with the crispy fried squash blossom with salt cod-potato purée and saffron rouille. Ghahreman shows a delicate touch with fish dishes like barramundi, prepared in a tangy preserved lemon nage. The chef is also adept at coaxing good flavors from meat, evidenced by the pan-seared beef tenderloin and coconut milk-braised short ribs. What to drink with your meal can present a pleasant challenge, as the cellar features a well-chosen list of more than 900 wines. After you’ve polished off the bread pudding, head over to the adjacent Sapphire Pantry to shop for some hard-to-find international cheeses, fine wines, charcuterie, deli items and chocolates to go.