Bringing a fresh new face to Hillcrest’s eclectic but somewhat lackluster dining scene, newly opened Trust Restaurant San Diego has quickly set the local benchmark for inspired and boldly-flavored continental cuisine. With seasonal menus highlighting farm, ocean and ranch plates, executive chef Brad Wise (formerly of JRDN at Tower 23 and Belmont Park’s Cannonball & Draft) and General Manager Steven Schwob have created a bounty of family-style offerings designed for sharing. Always up for new dining experiences, my friend Karen and I stopped in last week for a taste of Trust’s “urban rustic” cuisine …
From Farm: with selections such as Ricotta Agnolotti (sunchokes, black garlic streusel, winter truffle, panna, and basil), and Mornay Fries with onion aioli and duck egg among others, making a selection was no easy task. But Karen and I finally settled on the Burrata with pickled grapes, arugula, vermouth-reduced garlic and warm house focaccia. Cha-ching! The burrata literally melted in my mouth and the pickled grapes packed a wonderfully sweet burst of flavor. Another bonus: the focaccia bread was soft and warm – like just out of the oven warm. (I just gotta say it here: I am NOT a fan of crunchy, dry toast that may just chip a tooth when I bite into it. Ugghhhh.)
From Ocean: while the Wood Grilled Octopus with castelvetrano olives, salsa verde, pepperoni and chilled legumes, and the Squash Blossoms with rock cod mousse, charred scallion aioli and lemon were mighty tempting, I couldn’t resist the Hamachi Crudo with black sesame, avocado, sprouts, cilantro and fish roe. It was absolutely delicious! (I admittedly have a shameless love affair with sushi-fresh yellowtail and can summon no self-restraint when presented with an interpretation such as this, thank God!)
From Ranch: Wood Grilled Lamb Meatballs? Chicken Thigh Dumplings with butter lettuce, hoisin and sriracha? I’m also a fanatic of Beef Tartare … Trust serves their version with the coveted quail egg and worcestershire vinaigrette (drool). But the Braised Oxtail Raviolini won our vote. Savory shredded beef sweet carrots, buttery pine nuts, oxtail jus and a kick of horseradish tapered with whipped ricotta. Absolutely splendid!
Guests can choose to dine on the large al fresco patio, or inside the restaurant’s spacious, mid-century inspired dining room complete with an open kitchen and wood fire oven. Or grab a seat and a beverage and dine at the bar where manager Juan Sanchez and his team whip up a list of classic cocktails along with a few custom libations. Trust also offers a wine list featuring globally produced vintages, and several craft beer selections on tap.
Trust Restaurant San Diego serves dinner nightly from 5-10pm, weekend brunch from 9am-2pm, and a weekday happy hour between 5 and 6pm. The restaurant’s changing seasonal menus feature Chef Wise’s brilliant adaptions of globally-inspired dishes. Delicious food and a warm ambiance combined with incredibly hospitable service from the staff give patrons of Trust Restaurant an abundance of reasons for returning. With imaginative and creative shareable plates and an admirable location in the chic Mr. Robinson building at Park and Robinson, Trust Restaurant San Diego is a welcome addition to the city’s impressive and palatable dining landscape.
For a complete look at Trust San Diego or to make a reservation, visit their website.