A R Valentien – Breakfast PerfectionPosted: June 28, 2010
A R Valentien at the Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla is my favorite San Diego area restaurant. This past weekend, I was only able to get there for breakfast, and it was perfection. Valentien is a locavore’s dream, sourcing the highest quality products from as close to home as possible, and doing simple things that make the food amazing. They even use California Olive Oil (note to self – buy CA, not imported).
This is wilted bloomsdale spinach, with pancetta and cipollini, Eben-Hauzer poultry ranch poached eggs, and house-made ricotta. The minimal sauce used to wilt the spinach was spicy and tangy. The golden blob to the upper left is organic butter, and next to that is rosemary infused strawberry jam. The only problem was the one piece of delicious whole grain bread. That piece needed to be used to sop up the yolk and sauce! They happily gave me another slice, which got the butter and jam.
The jam inspired me to make a rosemary infused strawberry salad dressing that came out great. That will be a separate post. No extra charge for the view of the ocean through Torrey Pines Golf Course, or for the incredible Craftsman architecture of the Lodge. I feel richer every time I walk into this place!