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Chef Michael Mina Dishes on Stonehill Tavern at St. Regis Monarch Beach

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March 2, 2010 at 4:08 PM | by | Comment (1)

During a stay at the St. Regis Monarch Beach resort outside Laguna Beach, we stopped by Michael Mina’s restaurant there, Stonehill Tavern, for a quick sit-down with the famous chef-impresario.

While speaking with him, we found out about the exciting new changes in store for the restaurant now that it has a new executive chef, Brian Black, who comes to Stonehill after stints at Mina’s other restaurants and then at Loft at the Montage Laguna Beach just down the road from the St. Regis.

The two are currently working on a new menu of “real tavern food” with “more heart and soul, that’s really product-driven and prepared with innovative technique.” No word yet on specific dishes, but we did hear whispers of mini lobster rolls.

We also asked MM just what it is that sets apart Stonehill from his 16 other restaurants, and from other hotel fine dining experiences in general. So take a look at the quick video we made with him and find out for yourself what the chef, known for his bold flavor combinations, had to say.

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