Javier Plascencia at El Take It Easy - March 5
DiningDiva turned me on to the talents of Javier Plascencia with a wonderful post about Mision 19 quite some time ago, and I have been creepily following his exploits since then.
Well, thanks to Jay and gang, Javier will be popping up at El Take It Easy in a few weeks. I'll definitely be going... hope to see some CHers there as well!
Details (taken from El's website) below:
We’re pleased to present one of our region’s most renowned chefs, cooking a dinner at El Take It Easy on Monday, March 5th. Chef Javier Plascencia will cook a 5 course meal, in which each course is a version of a dish from one of his Tijuana-based restaurants, which include Misión 19, Erizo Baja Fish House, Casa Plascencia, Villa Saverio’s, and Caesar’s.
We will be accepting reservations from 5pm to 11pm — it’s rolling seating. The dinner will be $40 for 5 courses, with drink pairings for $30 extra. The regular beverage menu will also be available. Due to the special nature of this event, our regular menu will not be available on this nite (nor will our Manhattan Monday menu).
$40 is well worth the price of admission and NO 90 minute wait for the pedestrian crossing. That was enough to push me to submit my application for a SENTRI pass :-D.
But seriously, Erizo is seriously good seafood, I'm not sure I'd wait 90 minutes again, but I would definitely cross the border for it.
P.S. My reservation is made too
re: Beach Chick
BC, I didn't see the menu either. I think the web site just said he'd be doing a dish from each of five of their restaurants. Erizo will be seafood because that's all they do :-). I'd bet that they'll do the Caesar Salad from the Hotel Caesar. The others? who knows.
You could call El Take it EZ and ask if there will be a vegetarian, or non-red meat option, for the courses that are meat.
My party of 4 is very much looking forward to this evening. Not knowing what will be served is fine with me because I like surprises.
On a related topic, Le Cirque recently announced they are doing a travelling Pop-Up dinner series in 10 cities, and San Diego is one of them. Will take place on May 11, at The University Club and is $150pp.
I've been twice and both times it's been quite reasonable.
The first time there were 8 of us and between us we had:
5 glasses of wine
9 appetizers (one person had 2 apps and no entree)
4 or 5 desserts
The total bill for all of this, including tax and a very generous tip (probably 20% or more) was $60 per person. Portion sizes are not supersized, but neither are they precious and petite little morsels. We all left full and satisfied.
The second meal there were only 3 of us. We had
1 bottle of wine
I don't recall if we had dessert and coffee or not, I tend to think we didn't.
The total cost on this meal was under $40 per person but a significant portion of that went towards the bottle of wine which was not an inexpensive bottle.
For the quality of the food, ambience and level of service, this is one of the best values for the dollar around. I just wish the border wait wasn't so daunting, or I'd go more often.
Sorry, that word choice was probably a little too severe. In my head, it sounded more joking/slightly sarcastic :) The meal was among the best of my life, but I was definitely feeling stuffed near the end. Overall, the experience was amazing, one I wouldn't trade for anything, and all of the dishes were well executed and delicious. Next time, I'd just opt for a shorter tasting or just order from the menu.