EDITOR’S NOTE: From time to time, the Gossiping Gourmets will be reviewing restaurants outside Laguna Beach in bordering areas close enough for residents to travel to easily. These columns will be called “The Gallivanting Gourmet.”
Less than a mile from the Laguna border is Monarch Bay Plaza, home of the Crab Cove Restaurant. This attractive Euro-Asian bistro has made the most of its strip mall location. The outdoor patio is masked from the parking lot by three contemporary water walls. The sound of running water creates a tranquil ambience.
Indoors, “a river runs through it.” The water theme is cleverly repeated in a glass covered faux stream running down the middle of the restaurant, complete with koi swimming beneath and banked by a floor of trompe l’oeil river rocks. The wall at the far end of the high ceilinged room makes a dramatic statement.