The Kona Kai Resort in San Diego recently underwent more than $20 million of renovations. Last month, Mr. K and I were invited to check out the revamped Vessel Restaurant for a 6-course dinner tasting event.
Tomato & Burrata
I really love burrata cheese. The burrata served during dinner was creamy and fresh. It was paired with a colorful variety of tomatoes. The drizzle of balsamic brought the dish together nicely.
“Loup De Mer” Crudo
The raw fish looked so beautiful with the smattering of edible purple flowers. The fish was seasoned simply with some lime and salt.
The shrimp were very plump and prepared in a garlic sauce, but this dish was missing a little something for me. I think adding a bit of spice would have helped.
Mole Marinated Pork Loin
One of my favorites of the night. The pork was tender, with a light pink center. The mole sauce paired perfectly. The room went silent when we dug into this course.
Surf & Turf
I always enjoy surf and turf and enjoyed this dish almost as much as the pork loin. Large scallops were paired with braised short ribs.
Whipped Cheesecake with Warm Berry Cobbler
I don’t normally like eating cheesecake because it’s so rich, which is why this whipped version was so perfect. It was light, not too sweet. I loved the coconut crumble.
We had a good meal here. The wines paired well with the dishes as well. I’m definitely curious to come back at another time for a normal, non-media meal.
Disclosure: As discussed above, we were invited for a media tasting dinner and our food was complimentary. I was not further compensated for this review and my opinions are all my own.
The Vessel at Kona Kai Resort
1551 Shelter Island Dr,
San Diego, CA 92106