Slated to open early 2013, AVANT (Uh-Vahnt), housed in San Diego’s acclaimed luxury resort Rancho Bernardo Inn, will replace El Bizcocho, the legendary restaurant which set the stage for San Diego’s fine dining scene when it opened 44 years ago. The new space represents a $2.5 million transformation, designed to pay proper homage to the culinary history, oenophile roots and legendary ambiance of the original space. The long awaited new restaurant, AVANT focuses on unpretentious, approachable cuisine with homegrown culinary touches paired with handcrafted classic cocktails, local craft beer and boutique wines from around the world.
|El Bizcocho interior|
AVANT — meaning culturally or stylistically advanced— is indicative of the innovative culinary offerings of the menu and the restaurant’s new social spaces designed to offer multiple settings for guests’ enjoyment – including bar, portico, lounge and dining room seating. The name is an elegant counter-balance to the rich, warm and earthy décor of the venue.
|Chef Nicolas Bour|
“My cuisine is simple and fresh, focusing on the ingredients and how to best make them shine,” says Bour. “I look forward to creating new culinary experiences for diners by bringing seasonal ingredients to center stage, leaving over-manipulated food behind.” Sourcing ingredients from Rancho Bernardo Inn’s on-property garden and local purveyors, sumptuous entrees, plus smaller plate options will answer restaurant goers’ desire for a more advanced culinary experience when dining.
The AVANT menus will be available throughout the restaurant and bar’s 139 seats (with additional seating in two private dining rooms) whether guests are tasting gourmet cheeses and hand-sliced meats at the oversized bar and charcuterie station, enjoying golf course views on the AVANT patio or engaging in lively conversation in the dining room. Guest’s palates will be piqued with culinary highlights to include, “you-be-the- judge” tastings and other artisanal food samples.
Charcuterie & Cheese You-Be-The-Judge Tastings
• Sonoma duck or La Quercia prosciutto
• Iberico ham or Benton’s country ham
• Cowabunga (soft cow’s milk stuffed with goat milk) and house-made burrata
• House-made pates and rillettes
• Retro deviled eggs, with Chef’s selection of seasonal inclusions
• Fried Padron peppers with sea salt
• Crispy Cod cheeks with tartar sauce
• Sonoma duck breast confit Shepard’s Pie with turnips and huckleberry
• Dry-aged steak with toasted faro, kale and bacon vinaigrette
• Line-caught swordfish with cauliflower, roasted pepper and arugula
• Baja Grouper with heirloom beans and salsa verde
AVANT’s wine and spirits experience will provide an array of libation options including a minimum of six wines on tap in addition to a working wine room and the finest classic cocktails utilizing a state-of-the-art ice cube program which by design cools faster, melts slower and doesn’t distort the taste of beverages.
AVANT guests will be treated to unique visuals throughout the 6,500 square foot space, which include a large rustic bar topped with Apple Jasper Concetto Caesarstone and Zinc complemented with a fire engine red vintage Berkel manual flywheel charcuterie slicer and two custom-built mustard taps. Seasonal mustard-on-tap offerings like Temecula Valley Honey and Rosemary Dijon will rotate and be enjoyed at the table or taken home in locally sourced, custom-made earthenware pots.
AVANT will serve dinner Thursday through Sunday from 4pm to 10pm and Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 11pm. The bar and patio will open daily from 4pm to close. À la carte brunch will be served on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 2pm. For reservations, please call 858.675.8550.
For more information and to sign up for AVANT renovation updates, please visit www.avantrestaurant.com and facebook.com/avantrestaurant. The Rancho Bernardo Inn is located at 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, San Diego, CA 92128