Celebrate the man of the house at Sapphire Laguna, which is offering a prix-fixe brunch for Father's Day. Chef Azmin Ghahreman's three-course menu features international tastes for every palate. (And if your dad likes gourmet food, there's a great selection of gift ideas at Sapphire Pantry. You can put together a picnic basket to take down to the beach.)
Azmin's first course offers Indonesian chilled shrimp with green papaya, hot peanut sauce and curried shallots. For the main course, there are several choices, including a study of eggs Benedict, featuring fried green tomato, shaved tasso ham and country gravy; spicy halibut and Andouille sausage on grits with fried egg, hot pepper cream sauce and crispy okra; and an Aussie lamb burger on soft brioche bun with fried egg, pickled beets, chile mayonnaise and sweet potato fries.
The brunch includes a choice of rocky road ice cream cake with hot fudge and butterscotch, toasted marshmallows and candied walnuts; strawberry-rhubarb pie with vanilla ice cream; or white coffee panna cotta with caramel chantilly and cinnamon streusel.
It's served from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at $45 per person and $22 for children ages 5 to 12 (beverage, tax and gratuity not included). Reservations are recommended. The restaurant is at 1200 South Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach. For more information, call (949) 715-9888 or visit http://www.sapphirellc.com.
Brunch and lunch
In the spirit of honoring Dad, Sundried Tomato American Bistro & Cafes in Laguna Beach is offering a premium Father's Day menu Sunday.
Brunch or lunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with all of the brunch classics such as eggs Benedict, steak and eggs, brie and caramelized onion omelet, and pound cake French toast. Special lunch items include grilled chicken club sandwich, chopped salad and rack of lamb with red wine raspberry sauce.
Dinner will be served from 4 to 9 p.m. and will feature steakhouse specials such a 16-ounce Meyer's Natural Angus prime rib, 14-ounce coffee-rubbed bone-in Delmonico steak, 8-ounce blue-cheese crusted filet mignon, 10-ounce grilled flat iron steak and herb-grilled shrimp with garlic-white wine sauce, all served with choices of delicious sides and sauces. A limited version of their regular menu will be available too, which includes special signature items.
Reservations are recommended. The restaurant is at 361 Forest Ave. in Laguna Beach. For more information, call (949) 494-3312 or visit http://www.sundriedtomatocafe.com.
Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach is offering a tiki-style Father's Day barbecue brunch with bottomless draft beer from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Dad has an option of two seatings: at 10 a.m. and noon, both featuring Tapua shows and live fire dancers.
Executive chef and co-owner Delia Snyder will present a spread of barbecue dishes ranging from skirt steak and salmon to baby back ribs and Polish sausages. And there will be a variety of sides and a large selection of scrumptious desserts. All Dads will receive a free gift.
Brunch is $34.95 for adults and $12.95 for those 12 years or younger, and kids younger than 5 eat free. Reservations are required. In addition, the regular dinner menu served is from 4 to 9 p.m. The restaurant is at 16278 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach. For more information, call (562) 592-1321 or visit http://www.DonTheBeachcomber.com.
Northern Indian food
You can treat your dad to my favorite Northern Indian restaurant, Royal Khyber, at South Coast Plaza Village on Sunday. It's offering brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. or dinner from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Brunch or dinner costs $19.95 (add $5.25 for free-flowing champagne); children 10 years and younger save 40%. The dinner special includes choice of complimentary glass of wine or dessert. A la carte menu is also available. And its chef-owner Arun Puri goes out of his way to make customers feel at home.
The restaurant is at 1621 W. Sunflower Ave. in Santa Ana. For more information, call (714) 436-1010 or visit http://www.royalkhyber.com.
Vegan and vegetarian fare
Is your dad vegan or vegetarian? Or does he just love great food? Then consider Avanti Café's special Father's Day brunch served Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. or lunch and dinner from 2 to 8 p.m.
Here's what's on the brunch menu: a cranberry mint sparkler and choices of entrees that include a French organic omelet; cranberry walnut French toast vegan; ciabatta scrambler; Avanti magic bruschetta; and organic fritatta fresca, all served with coffee or tea du jour and sesame cinnamon toast, South Coast Farms organic strawberry jam, garden herb and black pepper garlic spread and crudite.
Avanti Café is at 259 E. 17th St. in Costa Mesa. For more information, visit http://www.avantinatural.com.