Herringbone Celebrates Grand Opening

Brian Malarkey's newest restaurant, which celebrated a grand opening on Thursday evening, mixes Mediterranean chic with rustic roots.

At Herringbone, located on Herschel Avenue, you come for the food (OK, and maybe the celebrity) and stay for the atmosphere.

Herringbone made its public debut May 31 with a special grand opening reception complete with music, cocktails and passed appetizers. A few hundred people packed into the warehouse-turned-elegant-establishment to catch a glimpse of Malarkey and executive chef Amanda Baumgarten, both alumni of Top Chef.

Guests were able to gawk at the large displays of art on the wall, sit out on the inside-but-outside patio that looked straight from the Mediterranean coast and order from two separate bars inside the restaurant.

Specialty cocktails like the playful Peter Rabbit (Pimms #1, bruised basil, pressed lemon with a pickled carrot garnish) or the sweet Tokyo Love Hotel (house made sweet tea vodka, agave and pressed lemon) were showcased and complimented beet and burrata crostinis, crab cakes, risotto balls, oysters and various flatbreads.

The restaurant invokes an outdoor feel, with brick walls (mostly from the original building), live trees planted in the middle of tables and an open-air lounge. The only sure sign of a restaurant is the kitchen in perfect view for all dining customers against the back wall of Herringbone.

Foodies will find menu items like Blackened Tahitian Albacore with caramelized cauliflower, grapes, capers and vadouvan butter intriguing while the purists will be satisfied with the 8 oz. filet or dry aged New York strip. Sides available for the 12 main entrees include fried brussels, mashed potatoes, fries and rapini, also known as broccoli rabe.

At the grand opening, guests could bid on reserved tables for a cause. At the gathering, 100 percent of the money spent on dinner and drinks at the reserved tables would benefit Aidchild, an organization that offers free antiretroviral therapy to children in Uganda.

Herringbone is Malarkey's fifth restaurant in San Diego County. Malarkey, a Top Chef alum, and Managing partner James Brennan run Searsucker (downtown), Burlap (Del Mar Heights), Gingham (La Mesa) and Gabardine (Point Loma).

To make a reservation call 858-459-0221.

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Congratulations and welcome to La Jolla Herringbone. As a board member of the LJVMA (La Jolla Village Merchant Association) our highest priority is doing what we can to bring restaurants, retailers, services and events to the 1250 other businesses in the La Jolla Village community. The businesses and surrounding residents are happy to see another business provide a great service, jobs, and local income base that keeps La Jolla moving forward. Make sure to visit www.LaJollaByTheSea.com to claim your merchant site and find out the latest calendar of events in town. Have a great week!
Michael Esposito January 14, 2013 at 05:50 AM
Happy to see that you enjoyed the cocktails designed by Snake Oil Cocktail Co. (www.snakeoilcocktail.com)


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