Masters Kitchen and Cocktail Soft Opening ~ Oceanside

I had the pleasure tonight of getting a sneak peek at masters kitchen and Spirits in Oceanside. I brought someone I respect along so I had a good sounding board. We both walked away very impressed, afterword I was talking to a very highly regarded North County Chef about tonight. I came away with two quotes from that conversation that sum it up.  Mine was “This is good for Oceanside “ his “Oceanside is something to be proud of”.

I have been covering Masters for a while; I had my doubts at first..it was a very ambitious project. Everything is lined up for them to pull it off.

Here are shots of the finished interior…or the calm before the storm.

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The finished bar.

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Bar seating area.

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Dinning area.

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Front lounge.

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Staff tasting. This was good to see. You would think every restaurant would do this…the good ones do.

The smart thing they are doing is focusing on a cocktail program. First it makes them stand out in the area market, second it fits their vision. When they open they will have 5 classic cocktails and 5 craft cocktails designed by their bar manager that will change with the season.

Our drinks…

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Rosemary lemonade ~ Tanqueray gin, fresh lemon juice, rosemary, St. Germain.

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Basil Lemon drop ~ Citron vodka, fresh lemon juice, basil, splash of lemon syrup.

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Cucumber Martini ~ Crop cucumber vodka, muddled cucumber, fresh lemon juice, Slash of lemon syrup.

 

Now we begin.

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Chef Chris Gallo running the kitchen.

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Amuse ~ Chilled cucumber soup.

Note ~ Great light way to start the meal. It was light and clean but still had a body to it.

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Kale ~ Ghost pepper salami, crispy chickpeas, roasted fennel, spiced sultanas.

Note ~ Do not be put off by the ghost peppers, their presence was very mild. What did I think of the dish?

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Caesar ~ Organic Romain, focaccia croutons, shaved pecorino.

Note ~ Solid rendition of a classic.

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Roasted Bone Marrow ~ Melted shallot, herb salad, Sicilian sea salt bread.

Note ~ Just had a version of this dish at Sea & Smoke in Del Mar…this one edged it out.

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Shrimp & Leek Crispy Dumplings ~ Lemongrass aioli, Kim-chi puree, cilantro oil.

Note ~ Very well-balanced dish, you could taste every element. I only got a taste because my friend devoured them.

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Pan roasted Rib Eye ~ Pickled summer squash, smashed Creamer potatoes, balsamic.

Note ~ Only fault of the night..ordered rare and delivered medium. Staff handled everything perfectly. I still demolished the dish..no way I’m sending a still delicious steak.

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White Sea Bass ~ cannelli bean relish, Melted eggplant.

Note ~ I know broken record; another great dish.

 

Desserts

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Signature Candy Bar ~ Milk chocolate and hazelnut mousse on a praline chocolate crunch bar.

Note ~ This is a recipe from the owner Ryan Masters. It is really good.

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Gelato Special ~ Avacado gelato, Mexican chocolate ganache macaroon, chili spiced peanuts.

Note ~ This has my name written all over it…I love this kind of stuff…it challenges you and brings you back for more.

A special shout out to the pastry Chef Beau Bonham. One of the most creative chefs I know …who will change the way you think about desserts.

Masters is set to open Friday the 18th. I always give restaurants 3 months to find their “feet” but I have no doubt they will be a go to place in North County. They have set themselves up for success now they just have to get through the stress of opening.

Masters Kitchen and Cocktail
208 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, California

mastersoceanside.com

 

 

 

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