Avant Opens its Doors at the Rancho Bernardo Inn

avantRancho Bernardo Inn’s signature restaurant, Avant, offers the same quality and service as its predecessor in a more casual atmosphere.

Following a $2.5 million renovation to the 6,500-square-foot space formerly known as El Bizcocho at Rancho Bernardo Inn, Avant recently debuted as a more approachable version of its fine-dining predecessor—equal in food quality and service, but less pretentious. The elegant décor still feels warm and earthy, highlighted by a lively bar, working wine room, generous dining patio with golf-course views and two wood-burning fireplaces. Acclaimed Chef Nicolas Bour oversees a farm-to-table menu of small plates such as red-quinoa-and-avocado salad and pork confit; entrées such as pan-roasted Baja grouper and free-range chicken; as well as an extensive array of charcuterie and cheeses. For dessert, the chocolate fondue comes with decadent accompaniments: pink-peppercorn marshmallows, candied bacon, cinnamon-cayenne pretzels, strawberries and almond cake. Happy dipping. 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, Rancho Bernardo, 858.675.8550. ranchobernardoinn.com/avant

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