Doug Manchester's Amaya La Jolla, mirrored after Amaya at The Grand Del Mar in Carmel Valley, will open Monday evening for dinner. The restaurant at 1205 Prospect St. has been under construction and much anticipated for some time. It has a contemporary American menu and 300 wines by the bottle and 20 by glass.
Executive Chef Camron Woods heads up Amaya La Jolla. Woods, who is leaving Amaya at The Grand Del Mar, created a menu with some of his former restaurant's most popular dishes. Menu items including smoked king salmon with parsnip purée, Brussels sprouts, bacon, apple chutney and grain mustard and slow roasted pork chop with sweet potato bread pudding and roasted apples. He adds a few Southern twists to show off his South Carolina roots.
Have a peek at the full menu here.
The interior was decorated with crystal chandeliers, warm textures and a rich color palette of gold, ochre and aubergine. San Francisco-based designer Warren Sheets said he was inspired by the opulence of Italy’s palazzos while designing the new restaurant, which stretches 10,000 square feet and includes a dining room, private dining room, patio and 66-seat bar and lounge. Sheets also designed The Grand Del Mar, making it a true sister restaurant.
Amaya La Jolla will host live music and serve up signature cocktails in its lounge. Bartenders will serve cocktails like the Coastal Sage with Herradura tequila, Cointreau Noir, lime, agave nectar and sage. The lounge even has several beers on tap and large screen TVs for event viewing. And the “bar menu” has hummus, tempura spicy tuna Roll, smoked chicken quesadilla, pulled barbecue pork sandwich and a half-pound Angus burger for a more casual experience.
Amaya La Jolla will be open for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. The bar lounge will be open from 5 to 11:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
For reservations, call 858-750-3695.