Sometimes you’ve gotta step out of your comfort zone and get wild. We’re of course talking about our Wild mushroom Gnocchi. If you’re looking for a unique, rich and savory hot plate that will soon be considered an instant classic, then lionfish is the right place for you. We not only have the best seafood in San Diego, we’re always pushing the limit of what’s familiar to offer a unique twist to our coastal cuisine.
What is Gnocchi
The word gnocchi may be derived from the Italian word nocchio, meaning a knot in wood, or from nocca, meaning knuckle. It has been a traditional type of Italian pasta since Roman times. It was introduced by the Roman legions during the expansion of the empire into the countries of the European continent. After potatoes were introduced to Europe, they were eventually incorporated into gnocchi recipes. Potato gnocchi are particularly popular in Abruzzo, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Veneto, and Lazio.
Wild Mushroom Gnocchi
Our twist on this classic involves wild mushroom, California Seaweed, humboldt fog, and dashi pan sauce. We took a classic comfort food and pushed it to a new level because that’s what we do at Lionfish Coastal Cuisine. We’re not your average Seafood Restaurant, and we our chefs put their unique San Diego Twist on things to keep you on your toes.
Other hot plates
If gnocchi isn’t your style, then don’t worry! Our full menu has a number of hot plates, each one more fantastic than the last.
Crispy Rock Shrimp – Gochujang, Japanese Style Aioli, Negi
Duck Confit Tostadas – Crema Mexicana, Charred Scallion, Savoy Cabbage
Chicken & Shrimp Siu Mai – Scallion, Soylantro Sauce, Hot Mustard
Spicy Grilled Octopus – Fermented Chile, Crispy Garlic, Crispy Potatoes, Cilantro Aioli
Mariscos “Al Fuego”- Hokkaido Scallops and Shrimp, Butter, Togarashi, Lime
Grilled Beef Ponzu Skewers – Beef Tenderloin, “Banchan” Glaze, Grated Daikon, Whisky Barrel Aged Ponzu, Shiso
Coastal cuisine done the San Diego way
We’re known for our atmosphere and unique take on classics, and it’s no mystery that we’re one of the best! Next time you’re in the San Diego area, and looking for a one of a kind experience, we want “Lionfish” to be at the tip of your tongue.
Lionfish is as social as the bustling neighborhood that surrounds it. Located in the Pendry San Diego in the city’s trendy Gaslamp Quarter sits Lionfish, the dynamic, design-driven hotspot on 5th Avenue that honors the essence of the city’s lifestyle. The restaurant offers modern coastal cuisine that features fresh-catch cooking and seasonal ingredients, all prepared with innovative twists. The menu, featuring both sustainable seafood and prime meats, toys with guest’s tastebuds with its casual, yet complex offerings. The light, fresh appetizers are perfect for sharing. A private dining area is available for a more intimate experience. A lively, yet elegant environment within the two-level space, Lionfish is not only a culinary destination, but it’s also a home for hand-crafted cocktails, all of which are carefully prepared by high-end mixologists in the restaurant’s rambunctious bar.