Smokin’ in Del Mar

Whiskey Cocktail at International Smoke
Whiskey Cocktail at International Smoke

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 located 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 in Del Mar is 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.

Smoked Crab at International Smoke
Smoked Crab at International Smoke

The menu is driven by quality spices, premium, local ingredients and a variety of woodfire cooking techniques from around the globe. San Diego’s unique flavors 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 includes 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.

‘Instant’ Bacon Bao Buns at International Smoke
‘Instant’ Bacon Bao Buns at International Smoke

Not to be overshadowed, the beverage program features a fun mix of creative boozie cocktails including a variety of shareable punch bowls. 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 are 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.

Michael Mina's Tuna Tartare at International Smoke
Michael Mina’s Tuna Tartare at International Smoke

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. 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.

Combo Plate at International Smoke
Combo Plate at 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, and San Diego. For more information, follow International Smoke on Instagram@internationalsmoke, Facebook @internationalsmoke and Twitter @EatAtSmoke.

Wood-Fired Broccolini at International Smoke
Wood-Fired Broccolini at International Smoke

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. 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.

Ayesha's Fresh Baked Cornbread with Thai Red Curry Butter at International Smoke
Ayesha’s Fresh Baked Cornbread with Thai Red Curry Butter at International Smoke

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.