Last Night’s DELICIOUS Tasting Menu at Casa Picasso in San Pedro

Casa Picasso is one of my favorite restaurants in San Pedro.   They do delicious tapas, have a seriously comfortable cocktail bar and outside loungy area…really good people and good food.

IMG_9039 It is definitely on the list (along with Blue Water Grill and Elvi’s Kitchen and others) of my “MUST DINES” for dinner in San Pedro.  Casa Picasso has been doing a Thursday Tasting menu for the past few months and I haven’t tried it.

Last night was the night.   The menu sounded amazing.  Cheese, cheese and more cheese…


But mostly, I wanted to see if the staff on owners could hold up under the tremendous pressure of Tripadvisor’s announcement.  #1 ISLAND IN THE WORLD!!!    Here is the article and photos from CNN this morning.

try-to-keep-calm-its-only-the-1-island-in-the-world-1Could they handle the pressure?  Let’s see.

I arrived early and took a few pictures.  The restaurant is beautifully lit, lots of candles so I apologize for the dark photos.

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Since I was on a date with myself, I sat at the bar and the food started coming.

Two pieces of delicious lamb, olives, peppers, soft cheese…this may have been my favorite course.  My pictures are seriously crap but I want to show you guys the size of the 5 courses.


Followed by my other favorite.  The roasted beets with goat cheese.  This is on the every day tapas menu and I’ve tasted it a few times before but the green tangerine vinegrette was extra…crisp, orange-y, delicious yesterday.  Sweet beets, tart goat cheese, fresh citrus…Loved it.


Next up…so creamy creamy crab Mac N Cheese with whole grape tomatoes.  Love the burst of the fresh tomatoes in there.  I wanted 4 more of these little pots.



Snapper with a strawberry and green peppercorn butter (I wasn’t picturing that AT ALL but it was surprisingly tasty…just a hint of strawberry, NOT sweet and jammy, and the crunchy fruity peppercorns was really good.)  The mushroom risotto?  YUM.

The dessert was a chocolate cheesecake brownie with homemade raspberry ice cream and a delicious fudgey drizzle.


So…bottom line:  the staff and chef stood up brilliantly under the weight of tripadvisor’s announcement, this tasting menu is WELL WORTH the money and if you are a wine person, the pairings would make for a very fun night…AND I am clearly no photographer or professional food critic.

Orange-y?  Jammy?  Yum? The Michelin guys are not calling me anytime soon.

BUT all that amateur-hour stuff aside, DO put Thursday night at Casa Picasso on YOUR “MUST DO” list.  Both the atmosphere and the food are perfect.

Check their website and facebook page for the new tasting menus each Thursday.