Laurel & Sage, a modern American restaurant, will open in Montclair tonight.
Named for the Chef and Owner Shawn Paul Dalziel’s daughters, Laurel & Sage (located in the former CulinAriane space at 33 Walnut Street) will offer, what Dalziel told Baristanet will be a “globally inspired and locally sourced” seasonal menu with signature dishes like Ginger-Soy Lacquered Chilean Sea Bass, Pomegranate Molasses Braised Short Ribs and Crispy-Warm Camembert Wheel. In addition, Dalziel says the menu will offer daily specials and tweaks to reflect what he picks up at the Montclair’s Farmer Market.
Dalziel’s passion for food began at a young age in Malibu, California, where he spent much of his early years in his father’s popular Hollywood restaurant, Two Dollar Bills. After graduating from UCLA, he began his traditional culinary training in San Francisco, at California Culinary Academy. In California, Dalziel worked at Delfina, Kokkari Estiatorio, a Greek restaurant named a “Top Rated Bay Area Restaurant” by Zagat, and under Michael Mina at the world-renowned restaurant, Aqua. Dalziel then came to the east coast to work as a sous chef at Blue Water Grill in NYC, before he became the executive chef at Recipe, which he opened with the owner to rave reviews in 2009. He then relocated to Montclair, NJ, where he most recently was the executive chef at 12 West Restaurant & Bar as part of the team that opened the restaurant in early 2014.
Now he is excited to open his own restaurant in the town he now calls home with his wife, daughters and chocolate lab, Lola.
Dalziel feels confident Laurel & Sage will serve up great food, but he believes that service is what makes a restaurant successful. “Service is a restaurant’s bread and butter.” From the complimentary bread basket filled with house baked popovers, croissants, and gluten-free options to Dalziel’s openness to cater to patrons requests (He said he is always happy to substitute menu items), at Laurel & Sage service is a priority.
For the moment, Laurel & Sage will be opened for dinner Wednesday through Friday, lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday, and closed on Monday and Tuesday. Dalziel hopes to offer Sunday brunch in the upcoming weeks. Check out Laurel & Sage’s March menu here, but know that Chef Dalziel plans to offer a few more vegan/vegetarian options and tweak things often. Not shown are dessert options such as Hazelnut Mocha Pot de Creme, coffee service with cookies, and the chef’s take on Apple Strudel, which he says is looks like an Apple Pie Burrito.
Laurel & Sage hosted a soft opening for friends and family last weekend and by comments on its Facebook page such as, “The food was amazing (layers of flavors) and the service top notch!,” “It was wonderful. Cant wait to go back!,” and “Beyond delicious,” Baristanet can’t wait to try it out ourselves.
Laurel & Sage
33 Walnut Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
Reservations at 973.783.1133
(Photos by: Natalie Chitwood)