• Jarnard Sutton

In the Kitchen with executive chef Julian Quiñones of TWENTY/20

Every year, TWENTY/20 Grill & Wine Bar at Sheraton hosts its Tapas Thursday during the spring and summer. To make each event unique, executive chef Julian Quiñones comes up with fun and fresh tapas dishes. TWENTY/20 Grill and Sheraton Carlsbad were both selected for the TripAdvisor 2016 Certificate of Excellence.

Chef Quiñones shares a couple of his favorite tapas dishes with In the Kitchen.

Tell us about Tapas Thursday.

Tapas Thursday is a weekly event held in the spring and summer at the TWENTY/20 Grill located at Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa. Each Thursday, we offer a different tapas menu with fresh new dishes and a few of our signature dishes as well.

What's unique about the tapas at Twenty/20?

Tapas Thursday is the perfect way to kick off summer and enjoy the breathtaking sunset views from the highest bluff in Carlsbad on which TWENTY/20 Grill is located. We even have a live Spanish acoustic guitarist as well that creates an atmosphere perfect for a romantic night out. There aren’t many places in Carlsbad where you can enjoy quality tapas each week with live Spanish music, sunset views and a resort atmosphere.

How did you season the scallop tapas?

We take a simple approach by sautéing the scallops in olive oil and lightly seasoning them with salt & pepper so that their true flavors shine. Then we pair it with sautéed heirloom tomatoes, fingerling potatoes, Frisee, Haricot Vert, Basil Cream and Citrus Vinaigrette.

How did you season the lamb tapas?

We marinate the lamb first in a mixture of guajillo and ancho chilies, crushed pepper, fresh thyme, cumin, red wine vinegar, orange juice, blended with extra virgin olive oil. Then we sauté in olive oil until seared medium rare. The lamb gets drizzled with a coriander-yogurt vinaigrette and finished with orange zest and cilantro on top.

What's a good beer and/or cocktail to pair with the tapas?