4 February, 2014
Morada, Fine Dining in Historic Rancho Santa Fe
At the end of a long, windy road emerges the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. A throwback of what was in this slightly remote part of San Diego. Only a short drive away from the hustle and bustle of city life and warm beaches, this quiet retreat in the village of Rancho Santa Fe feels worlds away in its own quiet, luxurious setting.
Inside the Inn, visitors will find Morada where old San Diego ranch meets elegant, fine dining. With impressive chandeliers hanging, a fireplace for inside warmth, and fire pits for cool summer nights, the restaurant is inviting, impeccable in service, and in seasonable tastes. Led by Chef Todd Allison, the dishes are crafted from fresh ingredients from the inn’s lovely garden to match the alluring and rustic ambiance.
Carlsbad Aquafarm Black Mussels ($13)
Charred Spanish chorizo, shishito peppers, cilantro, grilled baguette
A dish clearly thought out. Bold, pungent flavors but not overpowering. A sauce worth sopping with crusty grilled baguette.
Cipollini and Artichoke Flatbread ($14)
Sweet cipollini onions go nicely with the artichokes on the soft bread. A pleasing before dinner eats. This area of the restaurant is normally packed in the summer. Plan ahead if you are thinking of enjoying a cocktail by the fire pits in June.
Curtis 2010 Heritage Blanc
Morada has an impressive wine list. Rob, one of the servers, is studying to be a sommelier. He was very helpful in pairing several of the dishes. Here, he paired Curtis 2010 Heritage Blanc for the appetizers above. The vibrant flavors of stone fruits and citrus went nicely with the mussels and the sweetness of the cipollini.
Honey-Glazed Chilean Sea Bass ($32)
Braised pumpkin and Swiss chard, rosemary, porcini mushroom broth
Expertly prepared and artfully presented, highlighting flavorful ingredients of the season. Perfectly cooked sea bass with a delicate mushroom broth served on the side. If visiting Morada, this dish is a “must try.”
Dark Chocolat Pot de Creme ($10)
Served with butterscoth and almond biscotti
Dark chocolate made light and airy. A phenomenal dessert to please even the non-dessert lover.
Address: 5951 Linea Del Cielo, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
Phone: (858) 381-8289