San Diego Restaurant Week returns this fall, starting tomorrow, September 20th! Running 1 week (until the 27th) the theme this season is “Celebrate Local!”
I was so excited to preview the San Diego Restaurant Week at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse. This is seriously one of my favorite restaurants in SD (remember when London and I had a Happy Hour Made Healthy there?).
Boasting fresh local seafood and the most amazing view (think San Diego skyline and Coronado Bridge), this restaurant (especially the outdoor deck) feels like it’s floating above the San Diego Bay.
For San Diego Restaurant Week, Tom Ham’s Lighthouse has 2 different menus — one for lunch (2 courses for $15) and one for dinner (3 courses for $40). The SDRW menu features regular menu items, giving you the chance to taste the restaurant’s specialities. And it also means, if you fall in love with a specific dish, you can always go back and get it again
I can honestly tell you that anything you order from the SDRW menu is a real treat. We were seriously spoiled and sampled everything (that’s 6 appetizers, 4 entrees) from the SDRW menu.
Let’s start with the starters:
House Ceviche – (salmon), avocado, lime, cliantro and corn chips. I’ve never had salmon ceviche before so I thought this was really unique (and flavorful).
Calamari – chili lime honey sauce. The calamari was very thick and meaty, with a lightly fried coating and a spicy-sweet yet tangy dipping sauce. Needless to say these were addicting.
Crudo – (Yellowfin), citrus, California olive oil, sea salt. The touch of sea salt really enhanced the freshness and the flavor of the Yellowfin. The orange segments made everything really bright, and the slivers of chili peppers gave it an uplifting bite.
Tenderloin Tips – with pistachios and a salad of arugula, frisee, blue cheese, bacon, balsamic reduction. This appetizer was like a mini entree! The tenderloin tips were small but packed with a hearty flavor, complimented nicely with all the different flavors in the side salad.
Little Gem Caesar – Spanish anchovies, house croutons, pecorino. This salad was very pungent, topped with full-on anchovies (can’t lie, I used to be a heavy anchovy connoisseur in my childhood). It was a unique take on the traditional Caesar.
Baby Kale and Local Apple – Hooks 10yr aged cheddar, peppered bacon, wholegrain mustard vinaigrette. This salad had all the right elements — sweet, savory and peppery!
And for the entrees:
Local Yellowtail – haricot verts, butter poached pearl potatoes, sauce vierge. Caught daily, this buttery fish was topped with a refreshing sauce vierge.
Paella – Saffron rice, fish, shrimp, chicken, chorizo, mussels, clams, peas, peppers. This mediterranean dish has a local flair, utilizing the freshest ingredients like Carlsbad mussels.
Mary’s Half Brick Chicken – Mary’s chicken, preserved Meyer lemon couscous, cirspy Dijon brussel sprouts, pomegranate mint gastrique. This dish was somewhat Thanksgiving-esque in flavor. The chicken was cooked perfectly, juicy with a little bit of crunch on the exterior, contrasted with the little pearly texture of the couscous.
Filet of Rib Eye – 8oz Kobe Beef filet, smashed potato, green beans, bordelaise. This dish was rich in all the right ways. Tender and juicy with a deep and robust flavor, this filet was stand-alone good, but further enhanced by scooping up a little bit of everything in one bite.
If there is one restaurant that encompasses the “Celebrate Local” theme, it’s Tom Ham’s Lighthouse. Their locally sourced ingredients are evident and highlighted on their menu. We spoke with Chef Kyle who informed us that the Yellowtail is caught daily (we got to try this two different ways), the mussels are from Carlsbad, and all other ingredients, if not completely local, are selected from the freshest purveyor possible.
So make sure you don’t miss out on Tom Ham’s Lighthouse during San Diego Restaurant week.
Tom Ham’s Lighthouse
2150 Harbor Island Dr
San Diego, CA 92101
Thank you to Tom Ham’s Lighthouse for hosting me! As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.