Cocktail aficionados, who recall the fifties and sixties when cocktails like the Manhattan, Old Fashioned and the Moscow mule were de rigueur, must know Ivory Restaurant and Lounge is THE PLACE for these classic imbibements. Everyday but Monday Ivory’s pre-dinner Happy Hour from 5pm to 6:30pm offers 50% off all appetizers and bottled beers with selected wines and cocktails for $5.
The intimate bar at this delightful little hideaway in Laguna Canyon is backed with plush leather booths beckoning to discerning dinner guests who may also enjoy the adjoining dining room. The attraction is gourmet cuisine elegantly presented on angular white plates, each adorned with a fresh vanda orchid. We selected a multiple of ample sized appetizers, each one more delicious than the last: plump little short rib stuffed blini rolls with savory mushroom gravy; octopus ceviche nicely tenderized in citrus marinade; olive oil marinated goat cheese with luscious braised beets; fresh Caprese mozzarella featuring heirloom tomato quarters; and crisply light, sweet boom-boom shrimp. All delicious and highly recommended.
Ivory Restaurant and Lounge, 853 Laguna Canyon Rd., 949 715-0261
Glormet’s Glori Fickling, aka Honeywest, is a Laguna Beach resident since 1950. Her dining reviews have been published in various magazines throughout Orange County. We are excited to have her on board to cover the restaurant scene for Laguna Beach Vibe!