Broadway by amar santana ? anyone been ? thoughts ?
and also what about arc ?
I love Broadway. I think it is some of the best food in Orange County. The dishes are beautiful, delicious, and the technique is spot on. They have bone marrow, which is rich and savory, as well as a nice duck 3 ways (breast, smoked leg, and ... I have forgotten what else). I've also had a gorgeous Beet salad there scattered with edible flowers that was light and refreshing. (Photo below- looks better in real life. I don't use flash at dinner.) With the beets I chose a fish dish which was amazingly light and perfectly cooked.
They have spots at the bar surrounding the kitchen where you can watch the chefs cook, but only a few of those, so call ahead to reserve them. It is admittedly expensive, but I think worth the price given the level of craft. Amar recently did a dinner at the James Beard House in NY, and is a top-notch chef.
I just came back from ARC tonight at the OC Mart mix. The food is all done in the wood fired oven or on a wood fired grill. They have a very nice duck with berry jam, sizable portion of roasted beets, and chocolate chip cookies for dessert that are all gooey in the middle. I understand they have a good lunch as well, but have not been yet. It definitely has a cozy feel with really nice comfort food. The nicest spots, in my opinion, are at the bar where you can watch the fire, which would probably make a good date night.
The real win at Arc though is the cocktails. They've stolen Koire, formerly of the SideDoor/FiveCrowns who has created their bar menu. Tonight I had the Green Chimney, an herbal citrusy drink with a bit of fennel/anise to it. Awesome drink and I regret having to drive or I would have had more.
Both restaurants are worth going to, though they have very different feels. Broadway especially is worth driving to Laguna and I would put it at the top of my must-try restaurants in OC.
Agree that Broadway can be variable and that it's best on weekdays. There's a Soliste wine dinner there on June 26th. Because the vintners are chefs, should be great. Very good deal and one of our fave Cali wineries:
Soliste Winery Dinner
Wednesday, June, 26th, 2013 at 6:00pm
Tray Passed Hors D’oeuvres
Soliste, Soleil Rouge, Rose de Pinot Noir, Sonoma 2012
CAULIFLOWER PANNA COTTA AND SANTA BARBARA SEA URCHIN
BLOOD ORANGE GEL, CRISPY SHALLOTS, FISH SAUCE
Soliste, Lune et Soleil, Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma 2012
BUTTER POACHED ALASKAN HALIBUT
CRISPY SWEETBREADS, CREAMY GRITS, HERB SALAD
WHITE WINE BUTTER SAUCE
Soliste, L’Age D’or, Chardonnay, Sonoma 2010
SMOKED HUDSON VALLEY DUCK BREAST
POTATO CRISP DUCK CONFIT, BING CHERRY BALSAMIC JUS
Soliste, Narcisse, Pinot Noir, Sonoma 2010
Soliste, Sonatera, Pinot Noir, Sonoma 2009
RED WINE BRAISED BEEF CHEEK
POMME ALIGOT, BRAISED MORELS, RED WINE JUS
Soliste, Out of the Shadows, Syrah, Bennett Valley 2010
STONE FRUIT PARFAIT
SWEET MASCARPONE CREAM, TOASTED QUINOA GRANOLA
135 per person