As you know, I cook. And I cook a lot. And this summer I’ve been cooking a lot more than I’ve ever wanted to cook due to strict diet restrictions put on hubs by his cardiologists. Which explains why, dining out is such a treat for me, and there’s nothing more beautiful and relaxing than a weekend brunch at the beach.
So I’m sharing a HOT TIP with you today: the venerated Royal Hawaiian has upped the ante in Laguna Beach with a shaka brah weekend brunch inspired by Polynesian island favorites as well as popular breakfast and lunch entrees that is sure to please the whole family!
There’s an allure to the lush tropical setting and island tiki decor of the Royal Hawaiian that transports you to the beaches of Hawaii and has established them as a landmark in Laguna Beach since opening in 1947. Famous for their Lapu Lapu and Mai Thai cocktails, new ownership in 2006 brought a much needed refurbishment to the beloved Hawaiian restaurant. With a sophisticated, yet relaxed ambiance, the Royal Hawaiian continues to offer a warm and inviting place where locals and visitors feel welcome.
In February, Chef James Harris, formerly of French 75, came to the Royal Hawaiian and has created an outstanding menu reflecting his young spirit and creative talent in the kitchen. The new menu successfully combines Chef Harris’ fine dining style with the kitschy personality of the Royal Hawaiian and introduces new menu items as well as contemporary twists on popular signature dishes.
Highlights of the brunch menu include Portuguese Sausage and Eggs with fried rice and green papaya slaw (shown in the opening photo); Chef Harris’ award-winning Ahi Poke appetizer (below);
Coconut French Toast made with sweet bread, Portuguese Sausage and coconut syrup (above); and a Kalua Pork Scramble with Swiss Cheese, green onions, peppers, and breakfast potatoes.
Guests may also choose from their favorites like the Ala Moana Style Spare Ribs and Royal Hawaiian Burger and finish with one of an array of luscious desserts such as the Passion Fruit Cheesecake (below).
This weekend, make time for a leisurely drive along the coast to picturesque Laguna Beach and a brief sojourn to the islands with Royal Hawaiian’s brunch: Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., dishes priced from $5 to $17.00.
In addition to this new brunch menu, Chef Harris has also recently launched a fabulous new dinner menu and a ‘Taco Tuesday’ that is very popular with the locals.
331 North Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651