You’re never too far from the sea in Mexico’s Baja California, one of the world’s longest peninsulas. In recent years, the region’s cuisine has established an international reputation, with “Baja Med” becoming a buzzword in chef schools across the globe. With the Guadalupe Valley producing some of the best wine in the Americas, there’s no better way to sample Baja seafood than with a glass of local wine in one of these excellent seafood restaurants.
All foodies really need to know about Finca Altozano is that the kitchen is run by Chef Javier Plascencia, one of the stars and proponents of the Baja Med movement. A vibrant blend of Mexican, Mediterranean and Asian influences, this unique cuisine has been grabbing the international spotlight in recent years. Finca Altozano prides itself on sourcing all of its ingredients from the local area. One mouthwatering starter offers oysters in a creamy garlic and mushroom sauce.
A premium destination for champagne and oysters, Conchas de Piedra is a laid-back eatery that is never far from the top of any local’s recommendation list. The kitchen is run by expert chef Drew Deckman, and the restaurant collaborates closely with Hugo D’Acosta’s Casa de Piedra winery, offering a range of his méthode champenoise wines. A great place for a light seafood lunch before you tour the local wineries.
Another Drew Deckman project, this restaurant is one of the most highly-rated in the region and only uses wines, vegetables and herbs grown or produced on the Mogor ranch. All the seafood on offer is sourced from the Baja Peninsula. Deckman’s follows a slow, not fast food philosophy, striving to preserve traditional and sustainable cuisine. In an effort to be as environmentally-friendly as possible, the restaurant also refuses to offer commercial bottled waters or soft drinks.
Troika is a food truck and terrace overlooking a small lake outside of the Vena Cava vineyard. As well as an impressive setting – surrounded by a winery made from salvaged boats – the venue offers excellent food and wine at accessible prices. Seafood-lovers should opt for the tostadas de pulpo (octopus tostadas). Wash your meal down with a smooth Cabernet Sauvignon – Vena Cava’s wines are celebrated throughout the region.
This trendy restaurant forms part of the Bruma Valle de Guadalupe resort, an expansive winery made from recycled wood that blends seamlessly with the surrounding red desert. The elegant eatery offers an extensive menu and impressive wine list. Make sure to try the abulónes, or sea snails, which are a major delicacy on the Baja peninsula. The snails are gently fried in white wine and butter and served with spicy green sauce.
Just 15 minutes from the Pacific Ocean, TrasLomita is a trendy restaurant in a beautiful outdoor setting. Forming part of La Lomita Hacienda, the menu boasts delicious seafood dishes such as tuna and octopus tostadas. Make sure to order a glass of La Lomita’s most celebrated wine, a vintage Grenache called Pagano. An expressive, minty wine, a glass of Pagano really awakens the senses.