Today, the Examiner spoke with acclaimed chef Amar Santana from his restaurant in Laguna Beach, Broadway by Amar Santana, about the new spring menu items and cocktails he has introduced. “The concept of the menu is 'springtime'”, Chef Amar said. “Lots of fresh peas, asparagus and things like that. A great, great new dish for that is the Sweetbreads, with crispy sweetbreads and a sweet pea ravioli. It's really good, with a balsamic brown butter and a dehydrated tomato. People are loving the whole dish right now!”, he continued. The snow-white sweetbreads are really a nice, light, summery preparation and a great addition to Broadway by Amar Santana's spring menu.
Chef Amar also made part of the spring dishes a project for his Bar Manager, Gabrielle. “Peas are in season now; there are peas everywhere. I told her 'I want you to create a cocktail using peas'. At first she looked at me and said 'I don't want to do it', but I told her that I wanted a cocktail on the menu, so she created this amazing pea cocktail. It's super delicious and bright green, just like peas. It's just like drinking a nice pea soup---with alcohol! It's amazing, it's very refreshing and very summery”.
“We're also starting to serve for spring time an Asparugus and Meyer Lemon Orzo Risotto with Chicken. The sauce for the chicken is a chicken jus with fermented Black Garlic. The Black Garlic is amazing, you could put it with a cup of ice cream if you wanted to!”. With Chef Amar so enthusiastic about the Black Garlic, this certainly may be a very special chicken dish.
The new spring dishes are not on the online menu yet but are available as part of Chef Santana's ode to spring. The new sweet pea cocktail is also available either at the bar or as part of a lunch or dinner and should be a highlight of any diner's enjoyment of our beautiful spring time. Tied in with a nice walk to the ocean, only a few blocks away, to watch a beautiful spring sunset over the ocean at Laguna Beach, Broadway's new spring dishes will be a great way to usher in the season.
Broadway by Amar Santana
328 Glenneyre Street
Laguna Beach, CA 92651