January 21, 2014
'Baja Mediterranean' or 'Baja Med,' for short, has become an increasingly broad term (much like 'Mediterranean') to describe the modern, high-end, culturally diverse cuisine, prepared from locally sourced ingredients, coming from chefs of Baja California, Mexico. Although many a chef has adopted the term to label their individual concoctions of Mexican and Mediterranean influences and ingredients, it's Chef Javier Plascencia and his family that are centrally responsible for the term's manifestation. The man has reached legend status in Tijuana and Baja, especially among in-the-know foodies and those within 'the industry,' and his double-digit restaurants are known as some of Mexico's best. Romesco Mexiterranean is Javier's only American-based establishment, located in Bonita, just a 15 minute drive south of downtown San Diego. This unassuming corner unit in Bonita Shopping Center has been a San Diego dining destination since opening in 2006, and for those seeking elevated and inspired cuisine from one of the region's most renown chef's, this is his closest spot.
Erizo in Tijuana and Finca Altozano in Valle Guadalupe, so we were beyond excited to finally dine at Romesco. Upon entering, the restaurant is reminiscent of an old-school Italian eatery, but being from Jersey, that may be a subjective observation. Dim lighting, mellow jazz, chandeliers, male servers in formal black and white, and dark wood accents set the mood in the main dining room. Through a set of double doors, enter the more casual tapas bar, an ode to Spanish culture which offers a lounge-like vibe that frequently hosts live music.
We were fortunate to make our way to Romesco for its 1/2 priced Tapas Tuesday, so we got down on many different dishes from the lengthy list of small plates (full prices quoted). But first, we ordered glasses of house made red sangria, which were just as delicious and refreshing as ever experienced.
If you haven't been to Romesco lately, make the trip, and hey, get down to Mexico and sample more Baja Med cuisine at other Tijuana and Baja California restaurants. You'll be very happy you did.
ROMESCO MEXITERRANEAN BISTRO
4346 Bonita Rd (between Bonita Road & Billy Casper Way), Bonita
Tuesday - Thursday Lunch 12 - 4 pm
Tuesday - Thursday Dinner 5 - 10 pm
Friday - Saturday Dinner 5 pm to 10:30 pm
Saturday 2 - 10:30 pm
Sunday 12 - 8 pm
Happy Hour Tuesday - Sunday 3 pm to 7 pm
Sunday All day (dining room)
Tapas Bar closed Sunday
Nightly Specials (at time of publishing):
1/2 off tapas all day inside Tapas Bar.
50% off all wine bottles & Pasta Night with
Live Italian Music. Pasta entrees starting at $ 9
Thursday Beer Lovers Festival
Craft Beer Specials - 36 oz. Pitchers starting at $ 5.
Live Dj inside the Tapas Bar
All house Martini's $7 from 8 pm until closing in both bars, Come listen to your favorite 80's Music with Dj Luis Santa Maria from English Beat
Sangria Pitchers Special $14. All Day with DJ Luis Santamaria from English Beat
Happy Hour all day in Dining Room bar
$1 off beer
$2 off wines by the glass
$5 Tequila Shots
$6 Sangria and Margaritas
$7 House Martinis