The next big debut from the Cohn Restaurant Group, 100 Wines,will offer exactly that to the Hillcrest community (plus plentiful bites of Mediterranean cuisine and an eclectic European design).
Described as a “Euro-inspired wine den,” both the menu and the motifs originate from the brains behind BO-beau kitchen + bar. 100 Wines will open mid-August on University Avenue, but we thought we’d taste just a sip before downing the whole bottle.
The kitchen will be helmed by Executive Chef Katherine Humphus, crafting a menu based on European concepts: small, shareable plates exposing the flavors of Spain, France, Italy and Greece. There’s talk of bone marrow with brandied cherries and preserved lemon for starters, and brown butter seared scallops with blueberry reduction on the main entrée list. Modern twists on the classics will be presented on rustic boards as guests are transported to a distinct and distant place.
This Euro-voyage is fully realized with old-world design aesthetics from Philippe Beltran, a Parisian designer known for his hand in the scene at Bleu Boheme and Vagabond. In the 2,500 square feet of 100 Wines, Beltran makes his mark with accessories acquired from his travels through the world, aiming to recreate an authentic 1920’s European bistro just off the cobblestone path. Elements to keep your eye out for include reformed wine barrel chandeliers omitting a dim glow or the exposed wood rafters up above. If you look closely, it’s said you can see the handwritten names of the construction team and a thank you note from Beltran himself. For alfresco sips and eats, they’ve added an inviting patio as well as a back terrace complete with a generous fireplace.
Let’s not stray too far from the anchor of this restaurant – the wine. A wide-range from California to international varietals will be available, offered in distinct price groupings of $20, $30 and $40+ per bottle. 100 Wines is not self-limiting; they’ll keep the libations coming with a communal craft cocktail menu, also taking on Mediterranean influence in the ingredients.
100 Wines is located at 1027 University Avenue in Hillcrest. The soft-opening is currently projected for August 17.