Don’t feel like cooking this holiday season? Caroline Dipping of the San Diego Union Tribune gives a run-down of the best places to enjoy Christmas Dinner. Make sure to stop by Quarter Kitchen to see what Chef Nathan Coulon is cooking up!
Celebrate the season in style this year by letting the pros whip up your holiday feast. Several local chefs are preparing Christmas Eve and Christmas Day repasts and the only thing required of you is reservations.
Salt-Roasted Salmon prepared by Chef William Bradley being served at Addison on Christmas Eve 2009. (Photo courtesy of Grand Del Mar)
Addison and Amaya at the Grand Del Mar
5300 Grand Del Mar Court; (858) 314-1900 for Addison, (858) 314-2727 for Amaya
On Christmas Eve, Addison is offering a four-course tasting menu including Parsnip Velouté with Crevettes and Brioche Croutons, Salt-Roasted Salmon and a Butterscotch Dacquoise with Gingerbread and Vanilla Bean Sorbet. Cost is $98 per person and seatings are from 6 to 10 p.m.
Not to be outdone, Amaya will offer a three-course menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas featuring Caramelized Nantucket Bay Scallops with Winter Truffle Risotto, Rotisserie Prime Rib with Root Vegetables and Tagliatelle Pasta and Mint Chocolate Fudge Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream and Crushed Peppermint. Seatings both days are from 5 to 9 p.m. Cost is $70 per person, $95 with wine pairings; $25 for children ages 6-12.
Loews Coronado Bay Resort
4000 Coronado Bay Road; (619) 424-4000, ext. 6300
Chef Marc Ehrler has created a Champagne Christmas Buffet showcasing Agave Nectar Glazed Virginia Ham, Tasmanian Salmon, sushi, California Wine Country selections and holiday desserts. The buffet is available in the Constellation Ballroom from noon to 5 p.m. Christmas Day. Cost is $52 adults, $25 for children.
Pacifica Del Mar
1555 Camino Del Mar; (858) 792-0476.
Christmas on the coast will be tasty this year with chef Chris Idso’s fixed price menu including choices of Japanese Clam Chowder, Sugar Spiced Salmon and Yule Cake filled with Belgian Chocolate-Peppermint Ganache. Cost is $49 per person, $15 for children ages 12 and under. Seatings are available between 1 and 9 p.m. Christmas Day.
Pala Mesa Resort
2001 Old Highway 395, Fallbrook; (760) 731-6805.
Celebrate the holiday in the resort’s Aqua Terra restaurant overlooking an 18-hole championship golf course and sup on a buffet with Dijon and Apple Glazed Ham, carved roast beef, Bacon Brussels Sprouts and desserts. Cost is $42.95; $14.95 for children 6 to 12 years. The buffet is offered from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Quarter Kitchen at the Ivy Hotel
600 F St.; (619) 814-2000.
On Christmas Day, the restaurant will serve a special menu including Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Fresh Truffle Cream, Maple Glazed Ham and Pecan and Cranberry Rum Cake with Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream. Prices range from $10 to $26. Seatings are from 6 to 11 p.m.
Savory Casual Fare
267 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas; (760) 634-5556.
The Christmas Eve menu — offered between 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. — includes choices of Silky Bleu Crab Soup Cappuccino, Beef Tenderloin with Porcini Mushrooms and Hazelnut Crust, Pacific Sea Bass and Pineapple Almond Financier with Roasted Mango and Vanilla Drizzle. Cost is $49 per person, $68 with wine pairings.
8110 Camino del Oro, La Jolla; (858) 456-0600.
The Christmas Day buffet created by executive chef Bernard Guillas and chef de cuisine Augie Saucedo features a plethora of holiday treats including Sonoma Duck Pastrami Salad, Parsley Almond Crusted Petrale Sole, Buchmann Ranch Poached Egg Benedict, Augie’s Short Rib Mac and Cheese, Star Anise Butter Basted Carolina Tom Turkey, Grand Marnier Yule Log, Peanut Buttercup Bread Pudding, Preserved Fruit Rum Cake and gingerbread cookies.
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