Photos provided by Sinsay Fitography
Chef Anthony Sinsay left a haute cuisine career that included stints in Las Vegas and Beverly Hills, and returned to his hometown San Diego to be close to his ailing mother. A chance encounter with a co-owner of Miso Harney Sushi led to his first executive chef position and an opportunity to showcase his molecular gastronomy skills in full freedom at the "nook" booth at Harney Sushi's Old Town location.
Because neither Harney location in Oceanside or Old Town has an oven, Sinsay relies on a blow torch, a couple burners, a grill, chemical compounds associated with molecular gastronomy to "cook" and prepare his creations. He also uses the sous-vide method of cooking food in vacuum-sealed pouches for long periods of time in low-temperature water.
Originally dubbed a "social dining experience," Sinsay intended that his concept give Harney fans a chance to interact and connect in a communal setting while they share in the experience of dining on innovative dishes prepared using complex culinary execution.
Knowing that the theme for last month's experience was "A Day at the Fair," I was excited to see what playful approach Chef Sinsay had in mind for the second round of Nook. Embracing the start of football season, the September theme was "Tailgate Party," featuring deconstructed favorites from football havens around the country, each course paired with a So-Cal craft brew.
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The Kansas City BBQ ribs were finished with Pop Rocks topping, served with fried baked bean croquettes that should be at every barbecue, and came under a hickory smoke filled glass dome atop a mirror plate (under smoke and mirrors, buh-dum-chee). The dessert was another highlight: a not so simple American apple pie with ice cream. The cold apple pie was plated along with flaming ice cream make for a tastey and visually appealing end to an already stellar meal.
The Nook Dining booth can seat up to six guests and reservations are available in even-number parties. The booth can be reserved for a private party or guests are invited to enjoy the meal while socializing with unfamiliar foodie faces. Nook Dining is priced at the great value of $120 per person, which includes food, drink pairings as well as tax and gratuity. To make a reservation for Nook Dining, guests can call the Old Town reservations line at 619-295-3272, and if you're interested, you better call now, because with only six spots available each month, the list is sure to fill up fast.
MISO HARNEY SUSHI
3964 Harney Street, Old Town