Do you like out of the ordinary dishes? Do you like making your own meals and adding exotic twists? We’ve found the best restaurants in the county that let you create your very own edible dishes!
Get a little slice of heaven or a whole pie at The Haven in Kensington. Family friendly and fun, The Haven has dishes for everyone, but the best option on the menu is building your own pizza pie! Make your own 9’” or 14” pizza on white, wheat or gluten-free pizza and sauce it up with your choice of bbq, garlic, olive oil, pesto, pizza and spicy pizza. Choose from over ten different types of cheeses and top it off with fresh veggies and hearty proteins like meatballs, sausage and prosciutto.
Ramen lovers can look forward to Rooster coming late spring to early summer 2017. Diners can expect a Japanese Farmhouse ambiance with plenty of outdoor seating as well as a lengthy ramen bar with a semi-open kitchen. Nine types of traditional Ramen dishes will be offered reflecting unique Japanese regions. In addition, there will be special takes on ramen, small plates and yakitori grilled over real binchotan charcoal. A daily revolving specials board will offer seasonally fresh items including Osetra Caviar, Monk Fish Liver, and Pork Cheeks. All plates, bowls, and cups will be hand-made ceramic from Pawena Studio, based out of Los Angeles. Ramen, vegan, and vegetarian options will range from $9 to $14, with an option to create your own bowl. Expect a full 30 plus sake list, drinks made from shochu, and a nice variety of beer. A digital ordering system will be in place to emulate the ramen vending ticket machines in Japan, which will speed up the ordering process and provide further customer convenience.
Ambrogio15, a Milan-style eatery in North Pacific Beach, prides itself on introducing refined pizza and style to San Diego’s dining scene through small batch wines, cheeses and charcuterie imported from Italy. Diners can also appreciate a modern design created by one of Italy’s leading architects.
Inspired by Whisknladle Hospitality Owner Arturo Kassel and Culinary Director/Partner Ryan Johnston after their two-week, 1,400-mile road trip through Italy, this innovative 3,750-square-foot restaurant, with an expansive patio and outdoor bar space, puts diners right near the ocean and within walking distance of shopping.
The new Crudo restaurant in Carmel Valley boasts Mediterranean-inspired cuisine with an Asian touch that features locally-sourced, gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian menu items. Renowned chef and owner Pascal Lorange takes pride in offering diners unique, yet simple presentations that you won’t find anywhere else in San Diego.
Belgian-born Lorange is a world renowned chef who has cooked in Michelin-star kitchens and been in the restaurant industry for more than 25 years. As a child, he would accompany his family on weekly trips to the market to help his parents prepare his favorite dish, “pave de cabillaud” (cod steak). From the age of six, Lorange wanted to continue in the family tradition of four generations of chefs, including his grandfather, uncle, brother and nephew.
Located at Westfield UTC mall, Seasons 52 is a fresh grill and wine bar that provides guests with a healthy dining experience that embraces the living well concept. The menu is inspired by the seasons and the fresh appeal of the farmers’ market—52 weeks a year. The food is inspired from many different countries around the world. The chefs start with the freshest ingredients and use natural cooking techniques such as a wood-burning grill to enhance the flavors instead of high-calorie additives. This allows them to keep each menu item under 475 calories, while still maintaining great flavor. Enjoy grilled jumbo shrimp penne pasta with lemon-basil sauce, spring asparagus and Dungeness crab salad, or my favorite vegetarian tasting with quinoa citrus salad, soft taco, chili relent, vegetables, cedar-roasted tofu and mango chutney. Seasons 52 currently operates 30 restaurants in 15 states across the country. Seasons 52, Westfield UTC, 4505 La Jolla Village Dr c, San Diego, CA 92122, (858) 450-1252; www.seasons52.com.