Lionfish opened a few months ago, as part of the new luxury hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter, Pendry Hotel. The restaurant focuses on modern coastal cuisine, with a menu that includes sushi, fresh catches, shared plates and prime meats.
I recently attended a press dinner where we got a sampling of the menu. Our tables were decorated with the cutest little lionfish toys which we were able to take home with us.
Since this dinner was not a regular dining visit, I’m mainly going to share photos from the dinner with a few thoughts at the end. During the dinner, we were presented with a good selection of the menu in a shared format, so that everyone could have a few bites of each dish. I do plan on visiting again and will provide an updated post at a later date.
NEW ZEALAND KING SALMON
Truffle, Marinated Honshimeji Mushrooms • Meyer Lemon Kosho, Trout Roe • Sake Marinade, Smoked Salt
Black Garlic, Valencia Orange, Harissa, Watercress
NY STEAK TATAKI
Mustard Seed, Scallion, Garlic Ponzu, Beef Fat Aioli
Shrimp, Italian Sausage, Tomato Relish, Herb Pistou
MAPLE-SRIRACHA PORK BELLY “BLT”
Tomato Jam, Chicories, Serrano Chile Dressing, Avocado
I thoroughly enjoyed all the starters we sampled. The nigiri flight of salmon was quite unique, allowing you to experience the same fish in different ways with a simple change of topping. The hirmasa crudo was light, citrusy and well balanced. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be the pork belly, with its crispy caramelized exterior, giving way to the soft belly meat.
ROASTED ICELANDIC UNA SALMON
Crispy Artichokes, Farrotto, Herb Asparagus Sauce, Sorrel
HUDSON VALLEY DUCK BREAST
Foie Butter, Seaweed Potato Gnocchi, Citrus-Duck Jus, Bok Choy, Orange
16 OZ. PRIME NATURAL NEW YORK STRIP
Bordelaise, Sunchokes Lyonnaise, Miso-Sunchokes Puree
From the entrees, my favorite was the New York Strip, with its intense beef flavor, paired with a creamy sunchoke puree.
Mushrooms & Black Kale
Mustard-Malt Vinaigrette, Pancetta
Overall, I enjoyed trying a sampling of the menu. The menu has a a wide range of offerings and I especially enjoyed the various starters we had. I do intend on coming back with Mr. K. so that we can check out the restaurant together.
(Inside Pendry Hotel)
550 J STREET
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA 92101
As stated above, this was a press dinner and my meal was complimentary. All opinions expressed remain my own.