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The Cork & Craft | San Diego Restaurant Review

Hello friends!  Thought I’d mix things up and share with you my review of the very delicious Cork & Craft Restaurant. I discovered this place a few months ago when having lunch with a fellow vendor and fell in love with the place I’ve probably been back every week since.  Part restaurant, part brewery, part wine bar this place has a great atmosphere and is a fun place for all.  Again these photos were shot using my cellphone.  The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.

So let’s start with some of my favorite appetizers.  The first one is the roasted bone marrow.  Served with Chimmichuri and a french baguette, this dish is absolutely amazing!!!  Trust me you’ll want this as an appetizer.

The Cork & Craft, A San Diego Food ReviewAnother favorite is the Grilled Octopus.  This dish includes a Piquillo pepper puree, confit fingerling potatoes, pancetta & basil pistou.  I really like the taste of the Piquillo pepper puree in that it’s a sweet chile with no heat which for those of you that know me I’m kind of a wimp with heat.  Grilled octopus can be tricky as well in that it can be really rubbery if over cooked.  I’ve probably ordered this dish 3 times and have never had that issueThe Cork & Craft, A San Diego Food ReviewThe final appetizer I wanted to share was the Braised Pork Belly.  This one is served with Apple sauerkraut, shaved radish, and pickled mustard seeds.  This is a delicious piece of meat, and I really love that if you ask for it, they’ll put a fried egg on top.  So good!!!The Cork & Craft, A San Diego Food ReviewSo let’s move on to the entrees.  The Wagyu Beef Belly is one tender flavorful piece of meat.  This one comes with smoked sunchokes, braised carrots, pearl onions, abnormal wine no. 35 demi, and a black truffle oil.  I don’t really know what a lot of that means other than it’s just delicious!The Cork & Craft, A San Diego Food ReviewFor you seafood fans, you have to try the Pan Seared Scallops.  Served on top of a seafood risotto, green peas, brown butter with parmesan cheese sprinkled on top this one has my mouth watering every time.  These guys perfectly cook their scallops every time I’ve ordered this dish.  So just trust me…you’ll want this one.The Cork & Craft, A San Diego Food ReviewFor this last entree, I was pleasantly surprised.  Surprised on that I’ve never been a huge fan of lamb dishes, but the Colorado Lamb Loin is something special.  Served with wild mushrooms, pearl onions, a potato purée, basil pistou, black garlic, and hazelnut powder, this dish has made me a believer!  So flavorful I’ll definitely be ordering this one again!The Cork & Craft, A San Diego Food ReviewSo finally let’s move to desserts.  So even though we already ordered 2 bottles of wine, we needed something to complement the desserts we ordered.  I’m not 100% sure, but I believe they made these dessert wines in house.  So in the order of left to right these wines are as follows:  Coffee, Chocolate Berry, Chocolate Citrus.  All went really well with the desserts we ordered, but the Chocolate Berry was probably my favorite.The Cork & Craft, A San Diego Food ReviewSo the first dessert I’ve had several times.  The chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich called the Abnormally Sandwiched is unreal!!!  This one is made with a Chocolate chip cookie, vanilla ice cream, and candied pecans.The Cork & Craft, A San Diego Food ReviewFor this next one, we ordered the Lemon Merinque which comes with a lemon custard, blueberry sauce, double chocolate chip cookie, swiss meringue & a shortbread crumble.The Cork & Craft, A San Diego Food ReviewUnfortunately for this last one, I can’t remember exactly what was in this.  It was a tasty cake, but probably my least favorite of the three.

The Cork & Craft, A San Diego Food ReviewAnyway, that’s it for now.  When I go back and try other things, I’ll be sure and add them to this posting.  Give it a try friends and let me know what you think. Enjoy!!!

  • Cindy Palmer - May 25, 2015 - 11:48 PM

    Gorgeous shots and great description! I’ve never heard about it…but will definitely be checking it out!

    I love wagyu! Even better with egg!

  • Ashley Hawkes - May 26, 2015 - 5:46 PM

    What A fun photo review of The Cork & Craft. I I’ve that you rocked your cell phone camera for this. That ice cream sandwich looks stellar. Really fun post and something new from Francis Ralph!

  • Sergey - May 26, 2015 - 5:50 PM

    Oh, Man! It is not even lunch time, but looking at these images, this delicious food made me hungry again =)

  • Rachel - June 1, 2015 - 5:05 AM

    Wow, I am left feeling very hungry after looking at all your images and reading about the flavors and ingredients. I can’t help but wonder, did you eat all that food yourself? If so, that’s rad! I’m jealous.

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