Casa Laguna management was saddened to learn that one of our favorite restaurants, Sorrento Grille, will be closing on August 31, 2011. Sorrento has been a favorite of locals and visitors for more than 23 years, and was our favorite “watering hole” on Tuesday nights (that’s Friday night for Casa Laguna management). With bad news comes good–the space has been sold to Sorrento’s Executive Chef, Ryan Adams, who plans to open a new restaurant that is–hooray Ryan–not like anything we already have in Laguna Beach. Per early press, Chef Adam’s upcoming Common Table–Kitchen & Drink will be based on the concept that “no matter where you come from or what happens during your day, you always find yourself around a common table, sharing a meal with the ones you love.”
The Common Table’s preliminary menu shows that Chef Adams has retained a few of our Sorrento Favorites, like Mushroom Risotto, Daily Flatbread creations, Rib eye Steak, and the luscious Crème Brulee Bread Pudding; but, for the most part, the menu will undergo a major change. Small ($2-5), medium ($6-15), and large ($14-28) plates will be offered. We’re particularly anxious to try the Veal Cheek Shepherd’s Pie, and the very Southern-sounding Pork Deckle, served with greens and black-eyed peas, and cider-mustard gravy. All in all, the menu we saw was eclectic, with a good balance of familiar and unique dishes. No bar menu was included and we have to say (with tongue in cheek) that our favorite martini not being available could be a deal-breaker. The Common Table should open sometime in September—we’ll keep you posted.