Entrees read complex on the page, but are well-executed. The too oft-dry pork chop is done justice here, as is the lamb sirloin, accentuated with the aforementioned curry mashed potatoes on a recent visit. The menu changes frequently to reflect seasonal offerings, but the popular Hawaiian Style Steamed Barramundi with Ginger-Shitake Mushrooms, Cilantro, Green onion, and Shoyu has yet to retire from the menu. The flaky white fish is served with the tail and skin still on -- a presentation that is admittedly off-putting for the delicate diner, but is immediately forgiven after one taste of the succulent fish and its Asian-inspired accompaniments. The cilantro packs a surprising punch to the subtle ginger-flavored broth that is light on the tongue, and for the image-conscious lady, light(er) on the calories as well.
Hawaiian Style Steamed Barramundi
Reservations are strongly encouraged, and diners should indicate their preference for indoor or outdoor seating. Sapphire may be a "gem," but that doesn't mean their heat lamps have magical powers. Bring a sweater and a lackadaisical attitude toward the noise of PCH traffic, or make a reservation for the stylish space inside. Either way, rest assured that the food will be good. Diamond-in-the-rough (of OC) good? Perhaps. I may need to take a few more bites before I'm satisfied with my final answer.