Over the past few months, there have been several pop-up restaurant events by Evolve Cuisine, headed by Executive Chef and Owner Daniel Barron.

For one reason or another, I wasn’t able to make the past events but really wanted to try them out after reading several great reviews. When I learned from Rodzilla Reviews that the “Explore Your Senses” would be the last pop-up for a while (at least until the Fall), I made sure to fit it into my schedule.

The event took place at Fixtures and Living, a large, spacious warehouse. We could see the staff and chef preparing the food. Patrons who sat at the bar had the best view. Various communal tables were set up and part of the dining experience was getting to sit with and meet new people. We were fortunate to be seated at a very friendly table where I got to meet some very interesting people. Also at my table were Rodzilla Reviews and gastro bits.

Unfortunately, we arrived a little late. Cocktail hour was scheduled for 6:30 and dinner at 7. We arrived before dinner was served, but we missed out on cocktail hour and most of the passed appetizers, which is too bad because they look and sounded delicious. You can look at Rodzilla Review’s post for the appetizers and cocktails I missed.

Smoked Duck Breast, Bing Cherry, Spicy Coconut Milk

This was the one appetizer left when we arrived. The idea is to pop the bite in your mouth and squeeze the sauce in. It was fun appetizer and I really liked the duck piece.

Smell – Crab Consomme, Sweet Pea, Truffle

Since the theme of the dinner was “explore our senses,” each course was meant to touch on a sense. The first one was smell. First, there was a plate with the vegetables and the crab consomme was in a solidified form. We were then asked to pour the hot broth into the bowl, which dissolved the crab consomme. Here it is before mixing:

After some mixing, it became a creamy crab soup. The aromas were definitely intoxicating, especially while we mixed the soup. This was a great way to start the meal.

I can’t take credit for this idea. But I love it. Instead of placing ice cream into some boring bowls, you can serve them in these delicious Nutella brownie bowls.

Easy and delicious. I was originally going to make some Nutella ice cream to go with it but messed up when making my Nutella ice cream. I forgot to blend the Nutella with the heavy cream first, so when the Nutella hit my ice cream maker, it just froze and didn’t blend in with the heavy cream. Oops.

Fuze


Fuze is a new Korean fusion restaurant that recently opened up in Mira Mesa.

I was recently invited to come check it out. In addition to a full dinner menu, they also offer a large bar, with happy hour specials daily.

House made potato chips

We were given this to start off with. Nothing particularly special, but definitely a complimentary starter I have not seen before.

Each table has a buzzer which you press once you are ready to order or whenever you need staff to come over.

Salmon Sashimi

Executive Chef Jae Hun Sung has had experience working with Japanese, Thai and Korean cuisine, so I was interested in checking out the salmon sashimi appetizer.

The salmon was served with slices of oranges, lettuce and pea sprouts. It had a citrus, summer salad feel to it.

Bulgogi Sliders

I chose the bulgogi sliders for my main entree, which is their most popular dish. I loved this. The bulgogi meat was soft and tender, and served on toasted sweet rolls. The sliders were also served with a spicy, creamy sauce that tasted a little like the spices in kimchi. The sauce really bought the sliders together.