Before we get started, there are a few things you should know about me: I love breakfast, to the point where I think I may have a problem (do they have support groups?) and I like spending money that I do not have. (Un)fortunately for me, there are restaurants that welcome my kind with open arms. For my first stop, I introduce to you: The Loft Restaurant located on the fourth floor of the stunning Montage Resort in Laguna Beach.
To start, the breakfast cutoff at this restaurant is at 11:00AM. If I know anything about business strategies and how to compete with the mass market, which I do not, I am pretty sure that this generous time period, especially for a 3-meal restaurant, is the sole reason why McDonald’s was forced to offer their own breakfast menu all day. Again, this is my own hypothesis but I am pretty sure I am right.
Starter: Grapefruit. While I was expecting a grapefruit cut in half to be presented with a spoon that has serrated edges, I was pleasantly surprised to find that all of the work had already been done for me. Some mixed fruit was also served with the dish which was an added bonus as well. The grapefruit was perfectly ripe and sitting in so much juice that you could create your own Greyhound cocktail on the side, which is recommended.
Main:Rotisserie Chicken Chilaquiles (tasting portion pictured). Outside of the classic breakfast options, there were a few standout dishes on the menu and this was my personal favorite. The tortilla chips were prepared to a beautiful soft crunch with a slight, flavorful spice from the Pasilla chile sauce, balanced by the combination of avocado crème, jack cheese, and queso fresco, and all topped with the warm, perfectly cooked over-medium egg. The finishing touches were added with pulled rotisserie chicken prepared in-house (pictured below), all washed down with a mimosa, and it was time to go right back to bed for the inevitable afternoon nap.
All in all, if you want to treat yourself to a day of indulgence like you deserve, start the day off correctly with breakfast at The Loft. Not only will you get an incredible meal, but the entire hotel staff will also do a fantastic job of making you feel like royalty by being at your bacon call. Anyone? I’ll see myself out.