Best Valentine's Dinner in Del Mar
This year for Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend and I enjoyed KITCHEN 1540’s Yours & Mine dinner for two! The atmosphere was fun and cozy with romantic lighting, yellow suede chairs and red accent décor. When we arrived we were greeted by hostess Stephanie who walked us to our table. After we were seated our waiter Clyde welcomed us as well and inquired about our beverage preferences before he recommended drinks for us. Overall, the service was excellent. Every time a dish was brought out, different elements of the dish were described to us. It made you that much more excited to taste it!
As far as the food goes - it was definitely one of the most memorable Valentine’s meals I’ve ever eaten. The pre fixe menu offered a “Yours” option and a “Mine” option for the first four courses, which were followed by a dessert to share; I choose the Yours, so my boyfriend went with the Mine…
A single long stem rose was placed at my seat :)
Bread basket with a variety of French, olive, and onion bread.
YOURS: Diver Scallop with crispy rice, toasted nori, ponzu, shiso
MINE: Day Boat Scallop Crudo with miso noodles, hiramasa consommé
YOURS: Asparagus Velouté with 62˚ egg, black truffle, porcini chicharrón
MINE: Cipollini Velouté with black truffle, onion gelée, puffed gruyere
YOURS: Artic Char with char roe, foraged mushrooms, bone marrow, pea vines
MINE: Berkshire Pork Cheeks with root beer molasses, pickled mustard seeds
Yours: Kobe Beef Cheeks with celery root purée, cipollini onion, beet greens
MINE: Wild Striped Bass with house chorizo, scallion nage, baby octopus
Ours: Callebaut Chocolate with champagne marshmallows, duck fat doughnut holes, éclairs, local strawberries
Everything was sooo delicious with incredible flavors and different from anything we’d ever had before! It was an exciting dinner and right up our alley; we’re definitely coming back. Seriously, if you’re not a foodie, a visit to KITCHEN 1540 just might turn you into one!