Juniper & Ivy Debuts Family Meal

Photo by Jim Sullivan

Four years in as a tour de force in the ever-changing San Diego culinary landscape, Juniper & Ivy is proud to debut its new Family Meal.

Inspired by omakase-style dining (a Japanese term loosely translated as “I’ll leave it up to you”), Family Meal is intended to showcase Executive Chef Anthony Wells and Chef de Cuisine Masa Kojima’s whimsical creativity through a family-style (versus à la carte) tasting menu of four to six courses served in a larger than typical format at the Little Italy restaurant.

The meal will be offered Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights for parties of six or more.  No special or advance reservations are required, all that’s needed is a curious palate and an open mind. Put simply, it’s a way for guests to surrender themselves for the evening and trust the kitchen to serve market-driven dishes that they personally love and are inspired to create.

Family Meal is priced at $150 per person, not including tax and gratuity.  Beverages may be purchased as well for an additional price with curated recommendations made by Sommelier Brandon Boghosia.

On a recent test run, sample dishes included:

Ribeye Crudo with truffle soy, pickled shiitake and wasabina
Sea Urchin with sunchoke pudding and aged ham vinaigrette
Big Eye Tuna with sushi rice, sesame leaf and wasabi aioli
Citrus and Burrata Salad with puffed grains, chicory and frozen yogurt
Lamb Belly with rigatoni, parmesan and poached egg
Roasted Chicken with chicken sausage, truffled risotto, foie gras gravy, Brussels sprouts and trumpet mushrooms
Strawberry Pie with coconut and thyme ice cream