Editorial Review of
When celebrity chef Brian Malarkey, nightlife and hospitality mogul James Brennan, and designer extraordinaire Thomas Schoos collaborated on their first project, Searsucker, San Diego was put on the map in a major way. And the award-winning trio didn’t stop there, moving their creativity into Burlap, a restaurant and lounge in Del Mar serving “Asian Cowboy” cuisine in an eclectic environment that offers the perfect mix of global sophistication and local cool.
From the Chinese temple house warning off bad spirits at the front entrance, to a revived water buffalo skull perched atop a private glass-encased dining table, cascading vintage Moroccan lanterns overseeing the indoor/outdoor lounge, and the ceremonial dance costume masks from China Town radiating a warm kaleidoscope of vibrant light over the central bar, every authentic element of décor was personally selected by Schoos during his international travel in Japan, Thailand, Brazil, and South Africa, and stored in his expansive Los Angeles warehouse over the last decade. Chef Brian Malarkey describes his new culinary vision as “Asian Cowboy” where the “West Eats Meat,” and the menu offers a hybrid of meat (raw, cooked and rotisserie), seafood, and bold sides with an Asian influence. Read the full Burlap review.