Brunch is a requisite in my world. The glory of lingering over hearty fare with a glass of Champagne makes my heart soar. We can dress to the nines or dine in our weekend casual attire. We can eat inside or, as we love to do in Orange County, dine al fresco. Selanne Steak Tavern in Laguna Beach just launched a Sunday brunch, which had me racing to view its menu and wine pours.
The restaurant has been on my wine radar for a while now. Last fall, I shared with you that it earned the prestigious “The Best of Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator for its smartly curated 2,750 wine inventory. Just last month, its wine director Vito Pasquale earned the acclaimed Advanced Sommelier certification from the American Chapter of the Court of Master Sommeliers. This is a major accompli, requiring extensive study and testing in service, theory, and tasting. Pasquale’s dedication to raising the restaurant’s wine experience is impressive as shown in these dual accomplishments.
His influence is immediately apparent on the new Sunday brunch libations list. Not many restaurants offer 11 different sparkling wines by the glass. Consider our opportunity to choose from a prosecco, two brut rosé pours, one sparkling from Carneros, five non-vintage Champagnes, and three vintage Champagnes from Perrier Jouet. This extensive menu of pours ranges from $9 to $105. It’s Sunday mind you, so of course you can also create mimosas from the chef’s selection of fresh-squeezed juices.
As expected, the brunch menu is mouth-watering. How about King Crab Benedict with chipotle hollandaise and a glass of Moet & Chandon brut? Or Teemu’s brunch burger with a fried egg and baconnaise, paired with a glass of Ruinart brut rose? Or a bourbon caramel sticky bun with a side of hash browns au gratin and a glass of prosecco? I die. I envision this needing to be a Saturday thing, too. But one fabulous new brunch at a time.
As Laguna Beach enters its busy season, with schools letting out and vacationers arriving, we can only hope spring’s marine layer will keep travelers in their rooms while we steal Selanne’s 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. brunch reservations. We can dine outside on the upstairs patio or on the veranda, or inside this chic and cozy tavern. Don’t forget Laguna Beach offers year-round trolley service, too. It’s extremely convenient and fabulous people-watching. selannesteaktavern.com