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Top of the Market San Diego for Valentine’s Day and Chef Recipe

Top of the Market Entrance
Top of the Market Entrance
Todd Montgomery

It’s always tough to find the exact right place to celebrate Valentine’s Day. There’s plenty to choose from and based on where your relationship may have started to where it may be going, there’s a ton of options to think about.

In a recent survey about where the best place to celebrate Valentine’s Day was, respondents came up with all kinds of ideas from heart-shaped pizza from Papa John’s to shout outs for Taco Bell and Big Boy as well as White Castle. Some people wanted to bring their children along, while others said they would prefer to dine alone. Others thought their dog would make the perfect guest. All interesting choices, but I think I’ve got you covered this year with something fool proof.

If you live near San Diego, California I have a suggestion for you. Spend some quality time at Top of the Market with Chef Ivan Flowers and Somm Anne Estrada. The food and wine pairing dance these two do is to die for. I can tell you this, this is a goof proof choice as you have three days 14th, 15th & 16th to get there and celebrate and try out the prix fixed Valentine’s menu.

An affordable (not cheap, but not break the bank either) menu, white table cloths, and a killer view should just about put you in your significant others best graces for a very long time. This place appeals to both men and women. No comments like “I can’t believe [place your significant others name here] choose this place for Valentine ’s Day.” One mouthful of amazing curisine, one sip of beautiful wine and you’re sure to be golden for the year. I can see asking for a get of the dog house card for planning this event.

Chef Ivan sent me over his Valentine’s Day offerings. Read and dial for reservations (619) 232-3474 . You can thank me later.

Top of the Market Three for Two Valentine’s Day Menu

1. Lobster Tail with Two Grilled Prime Center Cut Filet Mignon

Roasted Garlic Cognac Wild Mushrooms, Fingerling Potatoes and Baby Spinach

Lobster Thermidor Demi Arabesque


Wine Pairing: 2011 Hill Family Estate / "Beau Terre" Merlot, Napa Valley gls $12/btl $47

2. Alaskan King Crab with Prime Rib Eye Bistecca

Lobster Penne Pasta, Confit Tomatoes and Caramelized Vanilla Cipollini Onions

Drawn Butter and Herb Sherry Demi Glace


Wine Pairing: 2012 Laird "Red Hen Ranch" Chardonnay, Napa Valley $13/$51

3. Oysters Rockefeller, Black Truffle Caviar and Sliced Ahi Sashimi

Crispy Faux Trumpet Mushroom Calamari, Smokey Pequillo Peppers, Baby Arugula

Agrodolce Wasabi Droplets


Wine Pairing Suggestion: 1/2 btl NV Billecart Salmon Brut, Mareuil-sur-Ay, France $51.00

Valentine's Day Trilogy Dessert Choices

Chocolate Ganache Dipped Long Stem Strawberries

Valrhona Flourless Chocolate Bites with Raspberries

Cabernet Sorbet Demitasse with Sweet Pecan Dragee

Wine Pairing Suggestion: Edmeades "Alden Vineayrd" Late Harvest Zinfandel, Mendocino $10/$31

Prosciutto Di Parma Rolls
Compliments of Chef Ivan Flowers
Top of the Market San Diego
Serves 8

One pound Prosciutto di Parma cut thin, layed out on paper

1/4 pound Genoa salami cut thin

2 cups mascarpone

1 cup roasted sweet red peppers finely chopped

2 cups baby arugula

4 hard boiled eggs finely chopped

1/4 cup basil sliced thin

1/4 cup grated Parmigiano

On parchment paper sprayed with vegetable spray lay out 10 slices ofProsciutto so they overlap 1/4 inch across the paper. Place salami slices across the middle of the prosciutto. Place mascarpone on a pastry bag and pipe a log 2 inches up from the bottom

of the Prosciutto and salami. Place chopped peppers along the mascarpone strip. Place hard boiled eggs along the pepper strip.

Place arugula along the hard boiled egg strip. Sprinkle basil slices and parmiginao over the assembly. Carefully and tightly roll the paper till a long thin cylinder appears, then twist the end so it is tight. Do two more of these. Place in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Cut into 3/4 inch rolls and finish with your favorite olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Top of the Market
750 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

Phone (619) 232-3474 | Fax (619) 232-8646

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