Although the picturesque L’Auberge Del Mar Resort and Spa epitomizes coastal charm, serenity, and a quaint state of mind, the resident KITCHEN 1540 restaurant operates with an eager and quick energy to produce an innovative, fresh, and food-forward menu for guests continually revisiting to taste what’s next.
The KITCHEN 1540 menu has long boasted Chef Paul McCabe’s seasonal choices and farm-to-plate concepts, renowned in the foodie community to be immaculate. They call upon his years of experience while engrossing guests into thoughtfully-made and elaborately constructed masterpieces.
With Chef McCabe however, you never quite know what you’re in for. At least, that’s the theory behind the new White Flag Menu. As frequenters have learned that Chef McCabe likes to impress beyond the standard three-plate series, KITCHEN 1540 has accommodated his imagination and food-education with the White Flag option. Rather than present a written menu, servers instead gather details about guest’s preferences, allergies, and levels of hunger. With this brief consultation, the kitchen sets off to take care of the rest. The culinary team builds a completely spontaneous and custom menu based on each diner’s requests, up until you wave your white flag and surrender. That’s right, it’s as much fine-crafted food as you can handle, refreshingly new with each course. The audacious creations are unique every time, making a White Flag menu that surprises as much as it satisfies.
Much like the common “tasting menu” concept, portions on the White Flag menu are small, but elaborate enough in both presentation and taste to give adventurous diners a full idea of the kitchen's culinary styles. Opting for a White Flag experience magnifies the sustainable qualities from Chef McCabe’s hours of sourcing, tasting, and procuring new products.
Though the White Flag menu remains mysterious to each individual diner, many of the selections come from the perfected dinner menu at KITCHEN 1540. Some highlights include the Stone Seared Foie Grass, served atop a heated stone with espresso-brown butter cake, cherry pop rocks and coffee. The Farmhouse Salad, not to be mistaken for a standard house salad, features organic raw vegetables, on top of a sun-dried tomato pistou gelee, and topped with black garlic. Or, you may get a plate of Hamachi, topped with compressed watermelon, lemon ham bottarga, quioa, and Thai basil. An extensive wine menu is available for pairings with each course, thoughtfully selected by the staff to bring out the best in taste.
Once your White Flag is raised, Chef McCabe will bring out a final round of desserts, a satisfying finishing dish whether you’re looking for light and fluffy or dark and sinfully sweet. The Chocolate Mousse is made from a chocolate sponge, carmelized white chocolate sauce, cherries and cocoa nib ice cream. Or, go all the way with a Fried Cookie Dough Sundae, created with frozen chocolate, freeze dried strawberries, peanut butter powder, chocolate and strawberry ice cream.
Endless surprises and distinctive tastes are the theme behind the menu, and the White Flag gives an intimate experience with the chef himself. KITCHEN 1540 continues to serve gourmet, expertly plated food around the clock with separate menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Visit KITCHEN 1540 or call 866.536.9120 for reservations.