It’s time for another one of those top 10 lists. This is a list, in no particular order, of the favorite dishes that we’ve eaten this year. What it’s not is a list of the 10 best restaurants in Laguna. That list would probably be pretty much the same from one year to the next, with an occasional newcomer or a shift in the order. We try to eat and report on all kinds of restaurants in town and we have found that if you order well, there is something enjoyable in each one of them. So, here are our 10 favorite dishes for ’09.
1 The opening of Watermarc, with its small plate menu brought us a number of tasty new dishes but our favorite was the warm, blue cheese pear tart. Three bite-sized crunchy pastry cups all in a row, were filled with mild, melted blue cheese and topped with tiny cubes of red wine-poached pears. They were absolutely marvelous. The buttery crust, the perfect marriage of blue cheese and pear, and the slight sweetness from the red wine syrup added up to a compelling combination.