According to their website, Union strives to strike the perfect balance between upscale food and a casual atmosphere. We somewhat avoided this restaurant for the first few months after it opened. It just seemed too expensive for the type of food on the menu.
Luckily, we didn’t have a choice when a friend wanted to have their birthday party here. We were pleasantly surprised to find unique dishes, savory drinks and attention to detail.
We started our meal off with a couple of flat bread pizza appetizers for the group to share. The pesto chicken and tomato bacon were both soft and delicious with just the right amount of grease and toppings. I wish our group had been adventurous enough to try the fig flatbread pizza with goat cheese and fried sage.
For dinner, we sampled the sweet potato ravioli (image featured above) with fried sage, pepita pesto and parmesan foam. You should probably make sure you like sage before you try this dish. You can definitely taste the strong herb in every bite. But for me, it was heavenly. This dish is very filling, even though it may look like a small portion.
We barely had room for our green salad topped with crispy egg, goat cheese, chipotle pecans and a honey red wine vinaigrette. The egg seemed to have been deep fried and was a bit surprising at first. I wasn’t a big fan of the deep-fried egg topping, but it’s easy to eat around.
Our friends raved about their roasted garlic with grilled leek risotto and shepard’s pie. Two things that I probably wouldn’t have ordered, but they do sound interesting enough to try next time. Their unique menu really makes this restaurant stand out and will certainly keep me coming back for more.
If you are on a budget, I would suggest trying this place at lunchtime. You will miss out on the sweet potato ravioli, but there are plenty of other dinner dishes to try for a fraction of the price.
1108 South Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA 92024