We first had the pleasure of meeting Chef Anthony Sinsay last year as he was outgrowing his post as executive chef of Harney Sushi. Last September, after gorging Sinsay's seven course molecular gastronomy-inspired take on regional tailgate fare for the Old Town Harney location's 'Nook Dining' experience, we sat with the young chef, finished off the several remaining beers at the table, and shot the breeze with our laid back, newfound friend. Since that night, we've seen Anthony at countless events and always appreciate and admire his passion, attention to detail, patience with the culinary process, and of course, his knowledge and demonstrated technique. Chef Sinsay is chosen as SanDiegoVille's Chef of 2012 for reasons far beyond our friendship. The guy knows food. Now manning the kitchen at Brian Malarkey's Burlap in Del Mar, Sinsay continues to shine, as he does flawlessly in any environment. Everything he produces is beautiful, tasty, and well thought out. He is a humble man, but his dishes sing another story.
|Left: Kale Salad Right: Scallop Crudo|
|Left: Lumpia Right: Egg "Drop" French Onion Miso|
From the 'Street Food' section of the menu, we enjoyed a monster bowl of filipino style adobo mussels ($14) with a light and flavorful coconut milk, crispy garlic and onion broth served with slices of baguette for dredging. This dish is huge - quite the value for the price - and the broth is so fragrantly amazing. We also enjoyed a filipino sigsig ($13) - a traditional midday dish usually consumed with beer. Served sizzling on a skillet, this dish mixes pork belly and shoulder hash with chilies, garlic, scallions, vinegar, a sous vide egg, and comes with a Chinese take out box full of fluffy Jasmine rice for mixing.
|Left: Sturgeon Right: Tandoori Chicken|
|"Irish Cowboy" deconstructed Ruben|
Burlap is located at 12995 El Camino Real in Del Mar. For more information on Chef Sinsay, check out his Twitter page at twitter.com/ChefSinsay, and be sure to stop by Burlap for some delicious offerings from SanDiegoVille's Chef of the Year 2012.