Loved this installment of the pop-up dinners at Vino Carta. It is fantastic to see how these continue to grow.
roasted & fermented vegetables, trout roe, brown rice, charred bread
live scallop crudo, lardo, XO sauce, seaweed oil, preserved citrus
eucalyptus smoked lamb & beef tartare, blackberry, jicama, pine nuts
grilled chicories, pork, calabrian chili, kohlrabi
yakitori quail, wheat berries, green garlic, meyer lemon, wild mustard
Somehow they were out of the first two wines we tried to order but it was only up-hill from there. I could eat these dishes everyday.
La Paz – big eye tuna, cucumber, orange zest, ginger habanero salsa
shrimp aquachile, cucumber, red onion, radish, serrano, cilantro, lime
grilled octopus, green pipian, toasted sesame, radish
Yellowtail – morita & hibiscus coulis, cucumber slaw, seasonal fruit, crispy hibiscus flower
It was finally time to branch out from Cucina Urbana which has been a go-to for more years than I can remember. As good as expected and the Big Table Farm pinot did not hurt.
pesto & piquillo pepper flatbread – zucchini, pecorino, arugula, ricotta
market chopped salad – kale, fennel, celery root, grape, ricotta salt, cashew, white balsamic
pumpkin & goat cheese & zatar & crudite
grilled sicilian meatballs – amatriciana, guanciale, grana padano
A beautiful space and great cocktails. The menu has evolved since this visit which is a very good thing as sushi rolls in San Diego seem to be tragically uninspired and homogenous.