Spring Menu Makes a Splash at Driftwood Kitchen


Chef Rainer Schwarz introduces new menu with his noted Ocean-to-Table focus at his acclaimed waterfront eatery.

Adding to his already acclaimed menu of ocean-inspired offerings, Driftwood Executive Chef Rainer Schwarz introduces dishes featuring fresh, vibrant Spring ingredients. Among the new items is the DK Seafood Tower, a seafood lover’s dream, filled with Maine Lobster Tail, King crab leg, poached jumbo Mexican shrimp, oysters on the half shell, Spanish octopus ceviche, and tuna tartare.

“Our new Spring menu sees the addition of the season’s freshest ingredients presented in dishes designed to keep our menu fresh and excite guests,” commented Chef Rainer, who is also serves as Executive Chef of sister restaurants, The Deck on Laguna and Hendrix Restaurant. “We are focused on utilizing the best local ingredients to complement the freshest seafood we can get our hands on.”

Chef Rainer’s new menu features the following dishes:


QUINOA SALAD avocado, grilled sweet corn, heirloom tomatoes, feta cheese, lime-mint vinaigrette

ROASTED BABY BEET SALAD red and white belgian endive, caramelized onion vinaigrette, roasted pine nut & toasted, goat cheese crostini

Small Plates

HOUSE CURED STEELHEAD SALMON cucumber and dill creme fraiche, brioche toast points, peruvian peppadews

DUCK CONFIT & GOAT CHEESE RAVIOLI beurre blanc, sauteed mushrooms, toasted pistachios

Large Plates

WHOLE ROASTED DOVER SOLE “sauce grenoble”, potato onion brandade

SEARED DIVER SCALLOPS pan seared scallops, fregola pasta, cauliflower, moroccan salsa, morcona almonds

PAN SEARED THAI SNAPPER roasted eggplant chutney, tomato jam, grilled yellow squash, blistered baby heirloom tomato

BLACKFOOT BUFFALO RIBEYE ancho chili glaze, creamy parsnip puree, green beans and sweet garlic parsnip chipsDriftwood Kitchen Blackfoot Buffalo Ribeye

GRILLED CENTER CUT SWORDFISH roasted carrot, okinawa purple potato, green zucchini curry, fried onion, coconut cream, pickled red jalapeño, micro cilantro salad

DK SEAFOOD TOWER maine lobster tail, king crab leg, poached jumbo mexican shrimp, oysters on the half shell, spanish octopus ceviche, tuna tartare (Petite/Large)Driftwood Kitchen Seafood Tower

Chef Rainer’s menu still includes Driftwood Kitchen’s signature Yellowfin Tuna Tartare Tacos, Grilled Spanish Octopus, and Whole Fried Texas Redfish, which can feed up to 4 guests and must be ordered in advance.

Driftwood Kitchen is located at 619 Sleepy Hollow Lane in Laguna Beach and is open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner daily. For more information, visit www.driftwoodkitchen.com.

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