Birthday Look #1 | Date NightMonday, July 18, 2011
Happy Monday loveys!!!
With every intention of documenting the birthday blast I call last weekend, I'm happy to report that I've gained a few pounds eating my way through OC...
First for birthday din date with my boo in Laguna Beach, then Friday night lights with my BOL beauties in Irvine, back to K-town in GG with my Aztecs for Saturday shenanigans, then a double whammy Sunday Funday brunching with my besties in Newport then back to grilling and gossiping with the rest of the posse come sundown. Phew!!! My voice is shot, my limbs are locked, my tummy happily in heaven...ahhhhh couldn't have asked for a more perfect birthday.
Here's how last Thursday went down with the bf at the newly opened Starfish in Laguna Beach...
Ma Po Tofu Lettuce Wraps: fresh shiitake mushrooms, tofu, roasted cashews, caramelized onions, garlic, glass noodles, crisp lettuce cups: Soggy noodles + soft tofu = flimsy rolls...A for effort, C for execution. I'd have opted for hard/baked tofu instead...this dish definitely called for a mix of textures instead of a mushy pile of soy on soy.
Kobe Banh Mi Beef Sliders: Vietnamese seasoned kobe beef, sweet baked mini buns, pickled carrots, daikon, sriracha aioli, cilantro: Love the concept of this dish. If y'all have yet to taste authentic Vietnamese Banh Mi, you're totally missing out. Love that Starfish attempted the pickled veggies synonymous with Banh Mi O, the aioli is a pretty genius substitution for French mayo/butter...a solid A. The bf complained that the veggies weren't pickled enough, but I gave them a point for adding beansprouts to the mix. No one around here does that anymore!
Slow Cooked 5 Spice Baby Back Ribs (half order): Dry rubbed star anise, cinnamon, pickled veggies, katsu dipping sauce: The bf's fave dish. Falls off the bone, tastes authentically Chinese, no need for extra sauce, jam packed full of flavor. No complaints here.
Wok Fired Mussels: pei mussels, crushed lemongrass, spicy Thai basil coconut broth, bell peppers, roasted garlic, micro opal basil: Tastes better than it looks. If you like green Thai curry, you'll love this dish. Very authentic to the typical flavors you'd find in Thai dishes, save for the fact that it's a bit heavy for an appetizer. Instead order this dish with a side of brown rice, perfect for drenching your carbs in yummy curry sauce.
Vintage jacket, ABS blouse, Thrifted skirt, Betsey Johnson belt, Banana Republic Chain link bracelet, Tiffany Charm bracelets, F21 rings, Jessica Simpson pumps, Fashion clutch
30832 S. Pacific Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Overall: 3 out of 5 stars.
I have a feeling Starfish is gonna blow up in the next coming months. Having just opened in June, they still have to perfect their menu, hopefully adding more variety and focus to the coastal Asian fusion concept. Less bells and whistles, more concentration on authentic flavoring should do the trick.
*Insider's tip: Located in a strip mall across the street from Montage Resort in Laguna Beach...you'd be surprised to learn the interior design of the space is quite stunning (see Avec nightclub HB)...don't judge peeps, I'd totally host a bday party here, rent the entire space, and never complain that there's not enough parking. Give it a couple of months and I'd say they there menu should be up to par with the best of Asian fusion spots in South PCH*
Thanks for bearing with the lengthy post guys...just wanted to give you the lowdown!
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