A. R. Valentien – La Jolla – December 2010 – 2 Great Dinners!Posted: January 11, 2011
I’ve written about this great restaurant before and it continues to live up to prior visits. Located at the Five Diamond Lodge at Torrey Pines, and named after a Craftsman artist, they epitomize the Locavore Farm-To-Table ideal, with very high quality food, prepared simply but magically to dazzle the palate. The best word is “Intense” for the flavor. The flavor of each key ingredient jumps out.
FIRST DINNER: One of us was hungry, the other not so much, so we ordered one Farm-To-Table tasting menu, which included:
We tried Dry Cured Mangalitsa Ham, with grilled endive and pear, plus smoked trout with sunchoke puree, turnip, dill, chrysanthemum greens and kumquat. We shared a Dry Aged Niman Ranch NY Strip, with Bloomsdale Spinach, Hen of the Woods Mushrooms, Ozette Potatoes and Pearl Onions. We’d had a cocktail, so we shared a half bottle of Opus One – really great wine! All of this was perfectly cooked and beautiful on the plate.