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Creative design and compelling cuisine in La Jolla.
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Dining room at Herringbone, La Jolla, CA

Herringbone Restaurant Review

: Herringbone is a shining example of cutting-edge style and progressive food in a harmonious union. L.A.-based designer Thomas Schoos strikes again with playful yet elegant décor in this warehouse space that features 100-year-old indoor olive trees sprouting from the ground, a pufferfish chandelier, colorful-tiled bar and a whale skeleton hanging above it, to name a few details. Diners get front row seats to watch the action in the glass-enclosed exhibition kitchen. The menu specializes in surf ‘n’ turf with twists --- an ocean bazaar theme in a high-energy setting (note: chef Amanda Baumgarten has left the restaurant). A nice start for oyster fans is a tilt of the head to allow a medley of Kumamotos, Malpeques and Fanny Bays to slide down the throat. Fresh hamachi is spirited with a kick of chile and luxurious with lardo, while arancini offer a nice play of textures with a crisp outer layer and soft belly. Troll-caught king salmon is a composed plate with smoked bacon and zucchini compote. Harissa aïoli adds a nice heat to the seafood stew, also redolent of fennel. The fall-off-the-bone lamb shank features savory black olive, a hint of sweet orange and feisty piquillo peppers. Dessert delivers a winning finish with a chocolate-hazelnut crunch bar. In-house mixologist team Pick & Rocks creates handcrafted libations that are scent-inspired and come with their own perfume strip to add an aromatic olfactory element. The smartly curated wine list features gems like Hudson Vineyards Carneros Chardonnay, ideal with fish, and Bueyes Torrontes from Argentina with crisp floral notes, a nice companion to the raw bar delicacies.

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