New Restaurants in La Jolla
If fresh, healthy and modern cuisine with a touch of class appeals to you, you'll be delighted with three new restaurants in La Jolla. All three opened their doors within the last year with the idea of offering only the best in food and atmosphere to those with discerning tastes.
Amaya La Jolla opened recently on Prospect as the sister restaurant of Amaya at the Grand Del Mar. Executive Chef Camron Woods oversees a daily dinner menu that combines contemporary cuisine and American classics. A native of Charleston, North Carolina, and a former chef at the Four Seasons in Atlanta, Woods adds his Southern heritage to dishes featuring fresh California produce and high-quality seafood, meat and poultry. A few of his daily Southern specials include fried chicken, shrimp and grits, Carolina gumbo, smoked pulled pork, mini meatloaf and bar-b-cue baby back ribs. These specials change daily but always include cheddar-herb biscuits, jalapeno cornbread and deviled eggs. In addition to a full dinner menu, Amaya also offers a wine list with 300 varieties, a creative cocktail menu and several local beers. You can also relax in Amaya's bar and lounge area and snack on a variety of appetizers such as spicy tuna roll, smoked chicken quesadilla and crispy calamari.
Another new restaurant, Herringbone, has opened in a vintage warehouse on Herschel Avenue. Beautifully renovated, the building still retains its original vaulted, wooden ceilings and 100-year-old olive trees that grow between tables. Herringbone was founded by celebrity chef Brian Malarkey, who also founded Searsucker, Burlap, Gabardine, and Gingham. He calls his collection of restaurants The Fabric of Social Dining, a social dining experience offering guests high quality, mouth-watering food, uniquely crafted cocktails and fun upbeat music." With Herringbone chef Amanda Baumgarten, Malarkey sums up his new restaurant's culinary philosophy as "Fish Meats Field," meaning the emphasis is on fresh seafood, meat and produce. Herringbone is open for lunch, dinner, oyster hour and Sunday brunch. The lunch menu includes a variety of salads and sandwiches, juice drinks, oysters, and gourmet flatbreads. The dinner menu includes hot and cold appetizers, salads and flatbreads as well as more than a dozen entrees from Tahitian albacore to vegetable plates. For dessert, you can indulge in several sweet treats from a chocolate hazelnut bar to lemon sorbet, or a daily sampler of handmade chocolates, macaroons and other confections.
Seasons 52 also opened recently near La Jolla in the newly-renovated Westfield UTC Mall on La Jolla Village Drive. Located next to the new ArcLight Cinemas, Seasons 52 makes a good gathering spot if you are doing a little shopping or taking in a movie. Calling itself a fresh grill and wine bar, Seasons 52 offers a seasonally-inspired menu and an award-winning, international wine list. The restaurant's service is both friendly and professional in an environment that is both casual and sophisticated. The dining room is large, but softened with warm wood walls and decor. Seasons 52 menus emphasize fresh, locally grown food in season (thus the name) and healthy cooking methods. No item on its menu is more than 475 calories. Both the lunch and dinner menus at Seasons 52 include custom flatbreads and daily specials. Lunch favorites include the Oak-Fired Western Buffalo Burger and the Blackened Fish Tacos. Dinner favorites include the Cedar Plank Roasted Salmon, Caramelized Sea Scallops, Wood-Roasted Pork Tenderloin, and Roasted Artichoke-Stuffed Shrimp. The restaurant also offers a special Mini Indulgences; desserts that are high in flavor and low in calories. You can select from a delicious variety, including key lime pie, old fashioned carrot cake, chocolate peanut butter mousse, with specials like strawberry shortcake and blueberry cheesecake in the summer.
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