Reservations Call: 619-239-1377

At Mister A’s, Valentine’s Day is synonymous with caviar!

Caviar

Everyone considers caviar to be a special occasion treat, but do you actually know what it is, and the best way to eat it? Mister A’s owner, Bertrand Hug, describes the history behind this delicacy, and his favorite ways to indulge in the tradition:

In its simplest form, caviar consists of salt-cured fish eggs – or roe – with the term traditionally only referring to roe from wild sturgeon in the Caspian and Black Seas (Beluga, Osetra and Sevruga caviars). Today however, the term ‘caviar’ may also be used to include the roe of fish like salmon, steelhead, trout, lumpfish or other species of sturgeon produced in countries all over the world.

In America, caviar is produced under very strict guidelines so as not to endanger the life of the fish. While farmed caviar has not achieved the superior quality of Beluga Triple Zero (roughly the size of a pea and extracted from very large Caspian and Black Sea sturgeons) the availability of this top tier product has dwindled significantly due to over-fishing and poor practices. Fortunately, we are able to source an excellent, premium domestic product to serve in our restaurants.

Caviar should be presented in a glass container on crushed ice, with a dish of creme fraiche and accompanied by warm, silver dollar-sized buckwheat blinis. It is imperative to use a mother of pearl spoon for serving, as metal spoons give an unpleasant reaction and taste to the roe. It is also common to present small dishes of finely diced shallots, chives and chopped hard boiled eggs. While a purist may reject these additional accoutrements, they can be a nice way to explore the traditional caviar ritual. We offer this all at Mister A’s, nightly!

Most importantly, there should always be plenty of very good champagne available to enjoy in complement!

November 7th, 2018

Holiday Lights Tradition, Going Strong for 53 Years

For the past 53 years, we’ve taken it upon ourselves here at Mister A’s to officially mark the holiday season… Read More


November 7th, 2018

Holiday Libations

We’re starting to get festive at the bar here at Mister A’s— Mirroring the heartier winter preparations being designed in… Read More


October 18th, 2018

Maison Louis Latour at Mister A’s

Join us on November 16th from 12:00 – 2:00 PM for a magical luncheon here at Mister A’s we present… Read More


October 18th, 2018

Celebrate with Us

Fall has officially arrived which means the best holiday of the year is right around the corner: Thanksgiving. To celebrate,… Read More


September 11th, 2018

San Diego Restaurant Week is for dinner at Mister A’s!

We’re getting ready for another exciting San Diego Restaurant Week and this year you’ll be able to enjoy a three-course… Read More


September 11th, 2018

Au Revoir, Amy! Welcome, John.

The time has come to bid adieu to our beloved Pastry Chef, Amy Simpson, who has been an integral part… Read More