Brea, California is now home to the fabulous Tempo Urban Kitchen, a Chef-driven, farm-to-table dining experience different than anything else you've tried before. From the freshest ingredients, to unique dishes and a beautiful location, this restaurant will give you everything your heart desires con un tempo especial.
Tempo Urban Kitchen was created by restaurant veteran Jorge Cueva, who has opened many different restaurants across the country. His story is truly inspiring. He went from busboy to business owner, and worked every position in the restaurant industry. Tempo Urban Kitchen is his baby. He created this restaurant out of passion for delicious food and outstanding hospitality and it really shows.
I was lucky to be a part of a tasting event and this is what I learned:
Jorge Cuevas made sure to bring only but the BEST CHEFS from California and México to his restaurants and the results are epic.
The team está conformado by award winning Chef Chris Tzorin, Chef Charlie and Chef Sal Carrillo. Salvador Carrillo is Tempo's Executive Chef.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that such a young Chef has made it to the culinary big league. Chef Salvador Carrillo started cooking with his grandma when he was very little and used to help her in a small restaurant during the weekends while growing up, an experience that made him fall in love with food. He decided to specializes in Mexican gastronomy as well as very intricate molecular gastronomy techniques (his food is AMAZING!), and has won many awards including second place in the national competition “Cocinero del Año 2014”.
Chef Salvador Carrillo was kind enough to share with us his passions and food techniques at Tempo's kitchen.
Cool facts about him:
1. I learned that he recently visited my beloved Venezuela a couple of months ago and he loved it
2. He was wearing a Leones del Caracas cap and it made my day! (as you know, Los Leones are my team and Venezuelan traces in the world are hard to find).
3. He has a very colorful tattoo of Cacao. One of my fav things on earth (Venezuelan cacao is the best in the world if you didn't know ;) and we do have the best chocolate too)
All of those things made the evening even more special for me. I was kinda bias, but hey! to be fair... all 3 chefs were outstanding! Chef Chris Tzorin was super friendly and his food was BOMB and Chef Charlie can cook pork belly like no one else can! Even the bartender was amazing. As you can see in the picture below he delighted us with Mango Serrano Margaritas and THE BEST Old Fashioned I've ever had in my life.
Once all the introductions and the kitchen tour were over, we were given our drinks and a plate to eat! The plate was made out of wood and had all the sauces we will need to eat with our 4 course meal.
The first course was Grilled Octopus with a hint of Chipotle Aioli goodness.
I was a little afraid to try it at first, not because I didn't trust Chef Chris, but because I've never had Octopus in my life. I've always avoided eating it and the idea of tasting tentacles gave me chills...But I decided to give this a try and O-M-G! I got the chills big time but in a good way! The octopus was cooked to perfection and I enjoyed every bite of it.
The second course was Asian inspired pork belly.
Pork belly is a boneless cut of fatty meat from the belly of a pig. It is very popular in East Asian, European and North American cuisine but not so much in Venezuela so I have never had a chance to try it until tonight and I was mesmerized by it's yummyness.
This particular meat melts in your mouth like butter. It is crispy on the outside and soft and tender on the inside, and it was paired with rolls of mango and some sort of super delicious tortilla cream.
The third course was a short rib! I looove meat, so I was very excited to try this dish and it didn't disappoint!
The short rib was cooked to perfection, topped with vegetarian caviar (AKA mustard seeds) and paired with pickled carrots wrapped in prosciutto with a sauce that was so good I can't even describe.
Last but not least, was the 4th course... ¡El postre!
The talented Chefs prepared a table side ice cream with a nitrogen technique that blew our tastebuds away!
Some people said it was made with Vanilla and a hint of Ginger, but to me, it tasted like Crème Brulee so I will go with that ;). I also topped it with a drop of my old Fashioned drink and Voilá... perfection happened.
If I wasn't trying to be healthy, I would have probably eaten a couple of cones.
To add some extra fun to the mix, Chef Chris put nitrogen in our waters and it was great to try something new ( even if it was only water and some frosty ice on top).
The evening was truly an amazing one. We got to not only taste beautifully made food, but we also had a chance to see all our blogger and influencer friends and catch up on life.
If you, or anyone you know are trying to find a spot to go to on a date night or a girls night out, Tempo Urban Kitchen is your to go place ;). I promise you will have an amazing time.
Follow all the talented Chefs on Twitter:
Chef Chris Tzorin @ChrisTzorin
Chef Sal Carrillo @Chavacheff
Chef Charlie @ChefCharlyUrban
And visit www.TempoUrbanKitchen.com to learn more about this restaurant.
Disclaimer: I was invited by Gigasavvy to a media tasting, and the food was provided at no cost in exchange of my honest opinion.