A.R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines, a favorite among local San Diegans, isn’t getting the national credit it deserves, according to an article posted recently on EATER.COM, the national restaurant, bar and nightlife blog. In an article entitled, “25 of the Most Underrated Restaurants in the United States,”A.R. Valentien was among 25 restaurants in the nation the author felt hasn’t received the national recognition deserved, in light of their exceptional cuisine and overall appeal.
The article went on to call out the culinary skills of A.R. Valentien Executive Chef Jeff Jackson, lauding him for his innovative California cuisine and noting that he has trained several noted San Diego chefs. Chef Jackson recently appointed Kelli Crosson to Chef de Cuisine, and together they will continue to create menus based on seasonal ingredients, in keeping with A.R. Valentien’s commitment to the farm-to-table concept.
In addition to daily lunch and dinner menus, A.R. Valentien also hosts the highly popular Artisan Table. Each Thursday night, diners are seated al fresco on the restaurant’s terrace, which boasts expansive views over the golf course onto the Pacific Ocean. They feast on a first and main course featuring various menu items, each of which is paired with selected wines. The final dessert course highlights the skills of Pastry Chef Jennifer Costa, who whips up creations such as spicy chocolate and hazelnut tart and coconut lime cake.
A.R. Valentien has been the recipient of several notable awards, which include being named among”America’s Top Restaurants” by the Zagat Guide and one of the “Top Ten Farm to Table Restaurants” by epicurious.com.
posted by Anna Nguyen