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Studio

30801 S. Coast Hwy. (Montage Resort Dr.) Send to Phone
Perhaps OC's most scenic and romantic restaurant with high-class cuisine and a list of 2,500 different wines.

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Studio, Laguna Beach, CA

Studio Restaurant Review

: The word "studio" may bring to mind an artist's workshop filled with painted canvases in various states of progress, but this Studio presents the polished seasonal culinary creations of executive chef Craig Strong. The Montage Laguna Beach built the restaurant as a small Craftsman-style house atop a gorgeous bluff with enviable panoramic views of South Laguna's incomparable shore, rolling hills, hilltop mansions and curvy coastline. Guests can sit on the romantic patio at sunset or feel cozy inside the restaurant with its glowing candlelight, high ceilings, warm woods and white tablecloths. There's also a special chef's table where diners can enjoy an interactive meal and look into the marble counter-topped kitchen with its centerpiece, an imported custom-made Molteni oven. Strong's French cuisine with California influences works wonderfully well at Studio, as this resort is an ode to the sophisticated California lifestyle and palate. He draws from the best ingredients the world over, as well as local products. (Some are even sourced just outside, where there are raised garden beds for growing fresh herbs and vegetables.) Rabbit ravioli are complemented by carrot kimchi and consommé, while beef tenderloin is grilled and matched with crispy potatoes, asparagus, morels and spring garlic cream. Surprisingly, Strong also oversees pastry for Studio; he says he has always loved creating both savory and sweet dishes, plus he likes the continuity of delighting his guests’ palates from beginning to end. Among the temptations, you may encounter a hazelnut crème brûlée or Guanaja chocolate sphere with salted caramel and Guinness foam. If money is no object, then let one of the sommeliers cultivated by Troy Smith take you on a wine tasting journey around the world by pairing each dish with wine from Studio’s list of 2,500 different selections. The six-course tasting menu ($170) is worth considering, especially with the carefully chosen paired wines (an additional $95; $185 for the grand wine tasting). General manager Fabien Riviere directs the professional staff.



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