AVANT draws on the best of wine country dining – inspired culinary exploration, leisurely socializing, and the freshest of seasonal ingredients – and moves it forward with a contemporary California mindset. Led by acclaimed chef Nicolas Bour, the restaurant serves up vibrant, creative dishes and artisan libations that embrace items foraged, farmed, hunted or fished. An inviting setting defined by its indoor-outdoor design, dynamic spaces and social settings, you need to try this.
(Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)
Executive Chef, Nicolas Bour Nicolas Bour has cooked for two presidents; steamed scallops in a clay pot for Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia; created authentic curry dishes for the sultan of Brunei; and served up huge pans of post-Superbowl paella for the New Orleans Saints. But ask him about his favorite culinary experience and you won’t hear about any high-profile appearances – instead, he’ll talk your ear off about Iris, the highly acclaimed Atlanta bistro he launched in 2002. Opening his own restaurant didn’t come without hiccups and heartache, but the craftsmanship that went on behind the scenes made every minute worth it.
Wine Vault and Chef’s Table (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)
That’s because Bour, Executive Chef of AVANT and Rancho Bernardo Inn, inherited a passion for food, fresh ingredients and authentic flavor from his French father and American mother who raised him on a working organic farm. Meals were made with the day’s harvest, and even at a young age, Bour formed an appreciation for the simplest ingredients.
“My cooking philopsophy is simple and fresh,” says the chef who took the reins at Rancho Bernardo Inn in 2010 and led the way for the property’s new signature restaurant. “AVANT menus highlight the best quality ingredients San Diego has to offer, and our team brings them out the best we can.”
Cheese Plate (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)
Charcuterie (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)
Red Quinoa and Avocado Salad (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)
Superior Farms ‘PURE’ Lamb Loin (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)
Coffee and Doughnuts (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)
Goat Cheese Cheesecake (Photo by Maria Desiderata Montana)