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Feb 3, 2008 02:13 PM

Romesco Bonita Reconnaisance

I was in the area today so I swung by just to ask a few questions and pick up the menu and wine list.

The menu is pretty giddy inducing - at least for strange old me - who is now fascinated by anything that smacks of Alta Cocina (after experiencing Frida).

Alice - I am sorry I couldnt answer you very well yesterday - this is next on my radar. I think I might save it for my birthday in a month - because it is quite exciting.

Jim Strain and Phee first posted about this place in some classic Chowhound style posts.

First of all - I love the design and ambiance.

They just started serving breakfast on the weekends - which is tempting, to say the utter least.

See the Breakfast Menu:
- Fresh pressed Juices
- House made marmalades
- Pan dulce - Baked in House
- Pancakes with cajeta and bannanas
- HR
- Oax Tamales
- Chilaquiles
- Menudo
& EN is gonna love this:
- Shredded Lobster Machaca

A Sampling of the Regular Menu (those that make my heart skip a beat the most):

>>Cold Tapas<<
- Cold Smoked Marlin Tiradito
- Green Ceviche

>>Hot Tapas<<
- Shrimp and crab chile relleno with Pine nut sauce and Pom seeds
-[JOSH] 6 hour Braised Kourabuta Pork Belly - Chile Morita and Tomatillo salsa, uacmole, small flour tortillas.
- Many Cazuelitas
- Ouzo Calamari
-[EN] Chicharron de Borrego taco set
- Oax tamales

>>"Romescos Signature tacos"<<
- Beef tongue in Pipian
- TACOS DE FIDEO! ["Abuelitas"]
- Beef Cheek Tacos with Arbol
- Duck Flautas
- Gobernadores (mesquite grilled shrimp and mozz with gr. hab salsa)


I am sorry I didnt pay attention earlier.

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  1. Funny, yesterday I was going to ask you if you'd tried this place yet. If you want to try it on a weeknight let me know, I work very close by.

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    1. re: Josh

      You guys! Let me know too. I live not far from there. I've heard nothing but good things but haven't had the right time to get over there. It's an oasis in a very arid outpost.

      1. re: P Macias

        Hey guys, what about Friday Feb. 15th. My office is in Miramar so getting to the South Bay for a weeknight dinner is nearly impossible. But I'm not working on the 15th. I've wanted to check out the new Otay Ranch shopping center. Romescos for happy hour and dinner after an afternoon of shopping sounds pretty appealing. I've had the pleasure of trying several alta cocina restaurants in D.F. and it is, indeed, a genre well worth investigating. It's got all the flavor of traditional Mexican cuisine with the sophistication that the traditional sometimes lacks.

    2. I've always liked Restaurante Romesco. It's been open almost a couple of years now and we've been there for lunch and dinner numerous times. It advertises itself as a Baja-Med Bistro and offers selections that have their roots in Spain, Italy, Baja, and interior Mexico.

      Things I can remember having tried include the duck flautas, a few of the Cazuelitas, the beef cheek tacos, several of the pastas, and the paella. Everything has always been very good, with the exception of the paella. Especially tasty is the signature romesco dipping sauce served with the bread, which is a tomato-based sauce said by some to have originated in Italy and by others to have come from Catalonia. We always wind up asking for extra and one night I just ate it with a spoon, foregoing the (very good) bread. For dessert one night, we ordered the churros which had to have been he best I've ever had. They were served in a small paper sack, just like you'd buy them on the street in Tijuana -- a cute nod to the ownership's roots. There is a definite sophistication level that I don't think is widely known yet in greater San Diego and is definitely worth checking out.

      For more about the restaurant ownership and background, check out David Nelson's review in San Diego Magazine from 2006:

      1. I actually meant to mention it too - I also want to try it - if you guys decide to go let me know! I have heard good things about dinner, and that breakfast menu sounds really good.

        I love the idea of the churros in a paper bag. I had some like that at a roadside stand at La Bufadora once, and I've never forgotten them.

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        1. re: Alice Q

          I'm in if you decide to make it a group thing.

        2. Nice find KR... I definitely look forward to some of these dishes...

          1. if you're planning to do your group dinner here, you won't be disappointed. we had our anniversary dinner here right after it opened in '06 and have been back a few times, but had never ordered the pork belly. we had valentine's dinner here tonight and ordered the kurobuta pork belly as one of our first courses (wanted to compare it to the better half's pork belly). this was to die for! it was served in a small cast iron paella pan and came with mini corn tortillas, red and green salsa, guacamole, and marinated carrot slices. they were the perfect complement to the rich flavor and texture of the pork belly, which the waiter told us is marinated in coca cola, port, and various herbs and spices overnight before its 6 hour braising. and, it was an enormous portion, big enough to be a large entree. so we didn't order the duck breast with roasted fig risotto, and split the milanesa napolitana (spouse's favorite dish, very reliable). we also split the churros for dessert (with dulce de leche dip, vanilla ice cream, hot chocolate, and fresh berries), a perfect ending to a memorable dinner. we brought our own wine, so didn't order any. but there's an l.a. cetto nebbiolo (one of our favorite grapes) from valle de guadalupe on the wine list which we'll try on our next visit. service was unhurried, but excellent. we live about a mile from romesco, so we're finally a tiny bit less envious of the people who live within a short distance of the great places in the hillcrest/bankers hill/north park/kensington area.