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Kitchen 1540

1540 Camino Del Mar (15th St.) Send to Phone
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Modern American cuisine in coastal Del Mar.
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Dining room at Kitchen 1540, Del Mar, CA

Kitchen 1540 Restaurant Review

: Kitchen 1540’s executive chef Brandon Fortune (formerly of The Grand Del Mar in San Diego) creates an engaging seasonal menu that speaks of modern American cuisine with an upscale Southern influence. Compositions arrive on attractive ceramics, yet Fortune’s food is playful rather than pretentious. Diverting from the predictable, pairings such as smoked steelhead trout with organic beets succeed, as does his signature barbecue shrimp and creamy grits --- artisan South Carolina grains dressed up in roasted corn and chorizo cream, along with the whimsical addition of popcorn. Asparagus and wild ramps are dotted with foraged morels, toasted pistachios and salty flecks of Parmesan and pecorino. North Pacific halibut presents tender white fish with crisp skin, nestled on celery purée and accompanied by fiddlehead ferns. Curried pork cheek gumbo with okra and andouille sausage nods to the chef’s roots and his taste for the exotic. Share a "low and slow" bread pudding drenched in bourbon-toffee caramel to finish. A solid wine list and professional service complete the experience.

User Ratings & Reviews for Kitchen 1540
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Good food; incredibly noisy atmosphere
by imanindependent1 on Wed Sep 28, 2011 1:19 pm
This is an over-rated restaurant. We were seated in a booth in the main dining room. The menu is a bit confusing, but the food was good. However, the noise level in the restauarant was so bad that we had trouble having a conversation. Waitstaff was pleasant and efficient, but they seemed quite frazzled and were running around the room like preverbial "chickens with their heads cut off." There are several other restaurants in the Del Mar area that have better food and calmer surroundings: Mille Fleurs (Rancho Santa Fe); Market (Del Mar); Pamplemousse (Del Mar). If you do go to Kitchen 1540, I strongly recommend that you dine on the outside patio at the front of the building, or on the patio near the pool.
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