Garden Kitchen

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 1 review )

4204 Rolando Blvd, San Diego, California, USA, 92175

Serves meat, vegan options available. Farm-to-table menu with at least one vegan/vegan optional appetizer, soup, salad, entree, and dessert each night. Might incorporate ingredients like cashew ricotta or sunflower seed pate. Open Tue-Sat 3:00pm-9:00pm.

Categories: American, Organic, Non-veg

1 Review

First Review by KellyBone

Farm-To-Table Vegan Options Made With Care - Edit

On the edge of residential Rolando, far from the sparkle and trend in costal locations, chef Coral Strong pulls from San Diego's soil and presents it's treasures in their naked glory and preserved peaks. No dish captures this as well as the Kitchen Sink ($16). On menu it is a meat and cheese plate--but I rolled the dice on Coral's veganization and won a bonanza. The dairy cheeses were replaced with luscious sunflower seed pate and a lemon and chive spiked cashew cheese. Served alongside spicy picked beet stem (a scrumptious no-waste solution), strawberries, blackberries, cherry tomatoes, avocado, gherkins, radish, pickled cherries, curry hummus, strawberry sage jam, strawberry rhubarb compote, smoky grilled bread, and glossy Surinam cherries from La Vigne Organics in Fallbrook. But the pot that I wished to drown in was the sweet and earthy fennel carrot marmalade. Assuming all vegan variations of this dish provide this level of quality and innovative, I'd say this is THE must order item in this restaurant.

Beyond the thoughtful vegan options, Garden Kitchen stands as my ideal restaurant. A space build without pretension--a renovated home patio made cozy with awnings and heat lamps and the occasional wail of a babe living next door--Chef Coral's presence screams sincerity. She takes each table to heart, serving her talents without ego, and enabling her staff to funnel the kitchens graces through attentive service and culinary accommodation. It kills me to think there are people missing out of this restaurant simply because of its location. But on a random week night the house seems full enough to keep a smile on chef Coral's face and my table full of wine and surprise vegan dishes beyond what the menu promises. If I had the means, I'd eat here regularity. But till then, I'll be directing as many as I can to come to Rolando for what is truly a taste of San Diego.

Pros: Clearly marked vegan options, Vegan substitution elevate dishes

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