Recently, we celebrated our anniversary in- wait for it- TJ! I know, I know. Seriously, it was so much better then you all are imagining at this moment. There’s this restaurant that we’ve been wanting to try for over a year. Mision 19, located in the Zona Rio district of Tijuana is at home in a sleek and uber modern building of concrete and glass. Although we went at night, I bet the view of the city must be spectacular in the daytime.
The cuisine is Baja Mediterranean and ingredients are sourced from local farms and many of the wines are from Valle de Guadalupe. Drawing on traditional Mexican cuisine, the dishes are inventive and incorporate flavors reflective of the landscape as well as a melding of cultures in modern day Tijuana.
As I perused the menu over a delicious tamarind and gin cocktail (with coconut foam), it was a toss up between two entrees. To be honest, there were more than a few that caught my attention. Not one to pass up an opportunity, I decided to treat myself to both entrees. This turned out to be a good decision because the risotto was fantastic. I can’t imagine missing out on something as delicious and satisfying as this dish. This was the perfect example of Baja-Med style that took a traditional risotto preparation and added a touch of Baja with the beans, epazote, and huitlacoche.
To sum up our dining experience, we were definitely dazzled by the inventive cuisine that stretched far beyond the usual. The one aspect that surprised me was the use of black bean sauce in combination with the traditional flavor if huitlacoche on my steamed fish- it was a smash hit.
Side note: Since it takes an insanely long time to get back across the border, we opted to spend the night at the Tijuana Marriott which was only a few miles from the restaurant. Upon arrival at the hotel, we took a cab to the restaurant which made it possible to relax and enjoy our dining experience without the added worry of driving across the border after a few drinks and a full stomach.
Misión San Javier 10643
Piso 2, VIA Corporativo
Zona Urbana Río
Tijuana, B.C., México
Tel: (664) 634.2493