International Smoke, the nationally-recognized dining collaboration between award-winning chef Michael Mina and renowned restauranteur, chef, founder of Homemade, NY Times best-selling cookbook author, television host and Executive Producer of “Family Food Fight” Ayesha Curry, is set to open in July in Del Mar’s One Paseo. International Smoke is a chef-driven woodfire cooking experience delivering flavorful smoke infused dishes. Originally started as a pop-up in San Francisco, International Smoke’s opening in Del Mar will be Mina and Curry’s fourth location for the fast-growing and wildly popular concept.
Located in the brand new, sumptuous One Paseo development, International Smoke delivers a communal dining environment for locals and visitors alike – perfect for everyone with all the signature MINA flair and a healthy dose of Curry’s sense of whimsy and fun. The restaurant features shareable dishes and tableside culinary experiences alongside a hand-picked selection of beers on tap and a truly craveable cocktail menu.
“San Diego has always been a place where sizzle meets the sand,” said Chef Michael Mina. “This community of seaside cities gives us access to the best local ingredients and it has been so much fun to infuse our food and drink menus with elements that can only be found in this city. The local food scene is bursting with new flavors and creativity and there is no place more playful and more perfect than SMOKE.”
The menu will be driven by quality spices, premium, local ingredients and a variety of woodfire cooking techniques from around the globe. San Diego’s unique flavors will play into the menu’s equation by virtue of Executive Chef Chris Carriker, who most recently served as Chef de Cuisine at Avant Restaurant at the Rancho Bernardo Inn.
Led by a variety of woodfired steaks, seafood, and ribs alongside unique vegetable-forward plates, the menu will include a blend of dishes such as a 14-ounce American Wagyu NY Strip served with crispy Za’atar potatoes, tehina and grilled lemon, Whole Roasted Cauliflower served with golden raisins, Za’atar and pistachios, and the famousSmoked St. Louis Style Ribs with a choice of three flavors, American BBQ, Golden Garlic Sweet & Sour and Korean. The menu will also offer a variety of vegan options that showcase fresh, local produce.
“We are excited to introduce Del Mar to International Smoke’s signature spice, cultural cooking style and incredible team,” said Chef Ayesha Curry. “The restaurant’s menu embraces both traditional woodfired cooking techniques and bold flavors with an upscale twist – all of which will enhance the local dining scene.”
Not to be overshadowed, the beverage program will feature a fun mix of creative boozie cocktails including a variety of shareable punch bowls such as The Kampong, a refreshing mix of cava, rum, pomegranate, Thai basil and lemon. Other specialty crafted cocktails include Shape Shifter made with Espolon tequila, passion fruit, pineapple, honey, and ancho chile. The bar menu, known to push limits, also includes a CBD-infused cocktail called Free the CBD! made with pisco, yellow chartreuse, lime, egg whites and CBD.
The craft cocktails will be designed under the mantra “produce first, spirit second,” meaning that drinks are crafted in partnership with regional farmers and combined with a spirit specifically selected to enhance key ingredients. International Smoke will also offer a variety of local craft brews.
Situated in One Paseo, off Del Mar Heights road and in front of the valet, International Smoke spans a 6,200-square-foot interior with a 2,000-square-foot patio. The restaurant will offer 288 seats for guests to enjoy distinct dining experiences during lunch, dinner, happy hour, and weekend brunch.
On top of International Smoke’s highly anticipated arrival, the restaurant will also host live music with an array of multi-genre acts, making it one of the top music destinations in the city.
The dining concept’s new location will be led by General Manager Alex Farris, who has a hospitality and restaurant management background. Farris’ past experiences include working at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse in Boston, MA and locally at JRDN restaurant inside Tower 23 Hotel. Farris also served in the Army National Guard and was deployed to Kuwait in 2015-2016.
“We want International Smoke to deliver dynamic dishes paired with memorable experiences,” said Farris. “Along with the innovative menu, we are looking forward to partnering with neighboring businesses, creating unique programing and giving people an unforgettable time.”
International Smoke is set to open July 2019. The restaurant is located at 2287 Del Mar Heights Road, Suite 0100, San Diego, CA 92130. For more information on International Smoke, please visit www.internationalsmoke.com.
ABOUT INTERNATIONAL SMOKE
International Smoke infuses the way we gather, share, and experience food with flair and a healthy dose of attitude. The restaurant celebrates food as the heart of the community and spotlights woodfired steaks, seafood, and ribs. International Smoke recognizes that fire is the start of all cooking and every country shares this culinary spark. The concept debuted in 2016 as a pop-up in MINA Test Kitchen and now has permanent locations in San Francisco, Houston, Miami, with San Diego coming soon. For more information, follow International Smoke on Instagram@internationalsmoke, Facebook @internationalsmoke and Twitter @EatAtSmoke.
ABOUT MINA GROUP
MINA Group is a San Francisco-based restaurant management company specializing in creating and operating upscale, innovative restaurant concepts. MINA Group is led by Chef/Founder Michael Mina whose accolades include James Beard Foundation “Who’s Who of Food and Beverage” inductee in 2013, Bon Appétit Chef of the Year, San Francisco Magazine Chef of the Year, and International Food and Beverage Forum’s Restaurateur of the Year. Operating since 2003, MINA Group currently manages over 40 restaurants including ARCADIA in San Jose; BARDOT BRASSERIE in Las Vegas; BOURBON STEAK in DC, Glendale, Miami, Nashville, Orange County, Santa Clara and Scottsdale; BOURBON PUB and MICHAEL MINA’s TAILGATE in Santa Clara; CAL MARE in Los Angeles and Springfield; CLOCK BAR in San Francisco; INTERNATIONAL SMOKE in San Francisco, Houston and Aventura; LOCALE MARKET and FARMTABLE CUCINA in St Petersburg, Florida; MARGEAUX BRASSERIE and PETIT MARGEAUX in Chicago; MICHAEL MINA in San Francisco and Las Vegas; MINA BRASSERIE in Dubai; MINA’S FISH HOUSE in Oahu; PABU in San Francisco and Boston; PIZZA & BURGER in Miami Beach; PUB 1842 in Las Vegas; RN74 in Seattle; STRIPSTEAK in Las Vegas, Miami Beach and Waikiki; THE HANDLE BAR in Jackson Hole; THE RAMEN BAR in San Francisco; THE STREET: A MICHAEL MINA SOCIAL HOUSE in Waikiki, and TRAILBLAZER TAVERN in San Francisco. For a complete list of restaurants please visit http://michaelmina.net. Follow Michael Mina on Facebook at Michael Mina, and on Instagram and Twitter at @ChefMichaelMina.
ABOUT AYESHA CURRY
Ayesha Curry is a chef, restauranteur, New York Times Bestselling author, host and Executive Producer of ABC’s “Family Food Fight”, and was featured on the prestigious 30 Under 30 list by Forbes Magazine. Her accessible approach to cooking has made her one of the most sought-after experts in food and lifestyle, and has amassed over 8 million avid social media followers and subscribers. The face of today’s modern “mompreneur,” Ayesha is the founder of Homemade, a lifestyle brand and content platform for all things home. Ayesha has her own line of cookware, bedding, jewelry, kitchen textiles, mealkits and will soon release her own line of baby food. Ayesha is an ambassador for No Kid Hungry, an organization fighting to end childhood hunger, and the co-founder of the Stephen& Ayesha Curry Family Foundation. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her three kids, Riley, Ryan and Canon, and husband, Stephen. Follow Ayesha Curry on Facebook at Ayesha Curry, Twitter @ayeshacurry and Instagram @ayeshacurry.