I met Phelton Calhoun at the Harris twins, Wow Creations, gift suite a few years ago. Then he invited me in and I was able to go do a review last year. I was in one of the Spanish Room, so he decided that I should come back for another stay to try one of their Surf Rooms, boy was I happy I did. It is so different from the Spanish room and the real beauty of this space is that you get to watch the sunset in the comfort of your own room.
As part of my stay I was given a food credit to enjoy at both of their delicious restaurants, The Rooftop and Comedor, both elegant and fun, with mouth-watering menu items.
Here’s what I tried:
MojittoCruzan Rum, Cruzan Coconut Rum, Pineapple and Lime Juice, Mint Leaf, Simple Syrup, Sugar Cane Garnish. If you’re in the mood for something sweet and tropical then this would be your go to drink, they told me in is the most popular drink on the menu.
Pomegranate Martini, with Tito’s Vodka, Pama Pomegranate Liqueur, Pineapple, Cranberry Juice, and Sugar Rim. Not too sweet, just right. I loved this cocktail.
Fried Coconut Shrimp, with Chili lime sauce, these little darlings are so addictive, you just want to eat a few plates of these. The sauce adds to the overall tropical taste.
BBQ Chicken Sandwich, on grilled ciabatta bread, with cheese and bacon. This is a new menu item, the chicken is cooked to perfection, the bread is super crunchy and the BBQ sauce hit all of the right notes, I would order this one again.
Here’s what I tried:
Vodka Gimlet, it is delicious and refreshing, a great cocktail.
Daou Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles CA. This wine went perfect with the Bolognese and the steak. It has a clean cheery, mineral flavor and would enhance any meat dish.
Wedge Salad, pickled onions, avocado, cherry tomatoes, applewood smoked bacon, and cilantro blue cheese dressing. A great rendition of this ever-popular salad.
Pachamam Pork Bolognese, with Rigatoni pasta. This dish was absolutely delicious, you can tell that the sauce was slow cooked, and every bite just melted in your mouth.
Spanish Seafood Caldo, with shrimp, mussels, scallops, chorizo, and fregola. The succulent seafood paired with the rich gorgeous broth made for one incredible dish. All of the flavors married so well, it’s a for sure winner.
8 oz. Prime Mishima Wagyu Beef Strip loin, Prime Mishima wagyu strip loin, au gratin potato, green beans and chimichurri. The beef is very tender, coupled with a nice chimcurri sauce, another fantastic menu item.
Chef Glen Tinsley brought me a very special menu item that he said was better then desert, so I gladly imbibed. It truly was out of this world.
Fall Squash Risotto. Roasted futzu squash, idiazabal, and black truffle. The truffles are enough to try this one out, so yummy.
Chef Glen is so humble, he really doesn’t want any accolades, and he is just a worker trying to keep La Casa Del Camino’s loyal followers happy. He loves his days off doing fishing trips with friends, but he really has changed the overall vibes of both restaurants. He is a genius disguised as a chef; his creations are just that good. And when you talk to him, he is a wealth of culinary knowledge, willing to answer any questions with his very unassuming attitude.
Cameron my server and bartender was very efficient and super sweet, he made everything seem so easy. He is a staff member that can wear many hats and always has a good attitude.
I just love everything about this hotel and all that it has to offer, what a treat. Next time your looking for a nice relaxing stay by the beach La Casa Del Camino is the place for you!
La Casa Del Camino
1289 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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