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April 19, 2002
S.J. Cahn There are a few good ways to judge a sushi restaurant: the stickiness of the rice, the crispness of the table cloths, the liveliness of the obligatory miso soup or, if you're a little shy when it comes to raw fish, how fresh the product is. I prefer the simple wasabi test. Does it make you cry? The wasabi at Sushi Laguna makes your eyes water wonderfully. It's fresh, green and hot. And it's just the tip of what makes this Ocean Avenue eatery a good stop, especially for a lunchtime bite to eat (after all, sushi is best at lunch, when you know that once the meal leaves you all at once as sushi, noodles and teriyaki does, you can still have dinner)
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | September 18, 2009
Parking in the Crystal Cove shopping center on the weekends can be a daunting prospect, but if you?re headed for Sage on the Coast, fear not: They have their own designated parking area in front of the restaurant, cordoned off from the chaos at Javier?s. We reviewed Sage when they first opened and again when they introduced their weeknight pre-fixe menu. But that was a while back, and we wanted to see what was new and whether it was still as good as it used to be. We tried to focus on menu items that were new to us, and we came away pleased.
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By: Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | September 30, 2005
There are surprisingly few places to eat outdoors in Southern California where you aren't tasting fumes from the Pacific Coast Highway or sipping sterility in a strip mall fast food joint. In contrast, the Sundried Tomato Cafe is set back from the street and up a few steps on a pleasant patio, surrounded by potted plants. Sitting at the tables with their crisp white cloths, you are serenaded by a murmuring fountain and treated to a view of the passing parade and "village atmosphere."
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | December 28, 2007
Another year has whizzed by, seen through our food-colored glasses. Laguna has witnessed the opening of the long-awaited Sapphire, the demise of Robilios, the reincarnation of Woody?s into El Ranchito, and the sad departure of the Boom. La Sirena has gone green, bravely presaging what we hope will become a trend. We have also seen the opening of Sapphire Pantry, with its fabulous cheese selection, and Oliver?s with its panoply of balsamic vinegars and olive oils; as well as the reopening of the Laguna Food Gallery with an assortment of fine gourmet items.
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August 17, 2007
If you are eating sushi in Japan, issues of etiquette are considered very important in their traditional society; but in our easy going beach town, less formality prevails, especially at the casual and friendly locals hangout ... Hapi Sushi. This storefront eatery features a sushi bar along the length of one side and three tables along a banquette on the other, so that you are always facing the chef. There is a mural behind the bar that is a take-off on Japanese ukyio-e (woodblock prints)
NEWS
August 23, 2002
Dining Out The word spectacular is the only way to describe the grand opening of Mosun two years ago at the brink of the new millennium. The magnificent Japanese-theme restaurant/nightclub, in fact, celebrates its debut on Coast Highway this weekend. The inspired concept of enterprising restaurateur Moe Gazi, in collaboration with general manager Hansen Kamci, Mosun is a fascinating two-story showcase of fine dining and entertainment with the added attraction of friendly camaraderie.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | September 18, 2009
Parking in the Crystal Cove shopping center on the weekends can be a daunting prospect, but if you?re headed for Sage on the Coast, fear not: They have their own designated parking area in front of the restaurant, cordoned off from the chaos at Javier?s. We reviewed Sage when they first opened and again when they introduced their weeknight pre-fixe menu. But that was a while back, and we wanted to see what was new and whether it was still as good as it used to be. We tried to focus on menu items that were new to us, and we came away pleased.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | December 28, 2007
Another year has whizzed by, seen through our food-colored glasses. Laguna has witnessed the opening of the long-awaited Sapphire, the demise of Robilios, the reincarnation of Woody?s into El Ranchito, and the sad departure of the Boom. La Sirena has gone green, bravely presaging what we hope will become a trend. We have also seen the opening of Sapphire Pantry, with its fabulous cheese selection, and Oliver?s with its panoply of balsamic vinegars and olive oils; as well as the reopening of the Laguna Food Gallery with an assortment of fine gourmet items.
NEWS
By: Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | September 30, 2005
There are surprisingly few places to eat outdoors in Southern California where you aren't tasting fumes from the Pacific Coast Highway or sipping sterility in a strip mall fast food joint. In contrast, the Sundried Tomato Cafe is set back from the street and up a few steps on a pleasant patio, surrounded by potted plants. Sitting at the tables with their crisp white cloths, you are serenaded by a murmuring fountain and treated to a view of the passing parade and "village atmosphere."
NEWS
April 19, 2002
S.J. Cahn There are a few good ways to judge a sushi restaurant: the stickiness of the rice, the crispness of the table cloths, the liveliness of the obligatory miso soup or, if you're a little shy when it comes to raw fish, how fresh the product is. I prefer the simple wasabi test. Does it make you cry? The wasabi at Sushi Laguna makes your eyes water wonderfully. It's fresh, green and hot. And it's just the tip of what makes this Ocean Avenue eatery a good stop, especially for a lunchtime bite to eat (after all, sushi is best at lunch, when you know that once the meal leaves you all at once as sushi, noodles and teriyaki does, you can still have dinner)
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