If you want to enjoy dinner at The Cottage in La Jolla, you better act fast! This adorable restaurant nestled in the heart of La Jolla Village and a quick walk from the cove, normally has brunch and lunch to offer throughout the year. Dinner is a special treat reserved only for the summer months when tourist season is in full swing.
The Cottage has a large patio perfect for a warm summer evening and ideal food photography lighting. 😉 I was invited to try a three course meal from a unique menu they put together for local San Diego media. That’s right…I’m officially considered a media outlet! How cool is that?
Anyways, back to the food, because that’s why we’re all here right? To start we ordered some lovely lavender champagne which was very light and refreshing. Then they brought us an appetizer sampler. My favorite was the smoked salmon toast with fresh dill and capers.
(Shoutout to my future husband Jarod, for always being down to take my photo at these events!)
Next it was time for a salad, it’s important to make sure you get full on some greens before indulging in a hearty entree. We went with the classic caesar salad which had fresh garlic croutons that I actually wanted to eat.
Then it was time to choose an entree. This is always the toughest part for me because I end up wanting to try a couple things. Luckily Jarod is a sharing dining companion and let me try his meal as well. We often order two things we both want to try and share so no one ends up with FOMO over the other persons dish.
The two entrees we went with were the Pork Belly Benedict and the Shrimp Pesto Pasta. I would like to say I didn’t have a favorite, but that would be a lie. The pork belly benedict was amazing! Plus, any restaurant that lets me order breakfast for dinner is my kind of place! The portions for both dishes were very generous and we definitely had leftovers for lunch the next day.
Pork Belly Benedict: Toasted rustic rosemary-olive oil bread topped with sauteed spinach garlic with a soft poached egg, pork belly and classic hollandaise.
Shrimp Pesto Pasta: Penne pasta tossed with shrimp, roasted tomato and a pesto cream topped with shaved parmesan.
For the big finale it was time to try a dessert! I often don’t have room at this point in the meal but I knew it was part of the media dinner so I made sure I didn’t overdo it with my entree. We chose the White Chocolate Raspberry Bread Pudding and just like their entrees it was a generously sized dessert. I haven’t had bread pudding in a long time and this was one of the best ones I’ve ever had.
Thank you to the Cottage in La Jolla for inviting me to this lovely dinner! You made me feel like foodie royalty. I will happily be back to visit soon to try the brunch menu.
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