Jeune et Jolie
Who said French food has to be heavy? At Jeune et Jolie, Cali cool replaces the cream in a Gallic-inspired menu shot through with global flavours. This chic Carlsbad spot, around a 30-minute drive outside of the city proper, is young and beautiful in both name and nature, and the crowd – drawn by photogenic interiors and a light, playful menu that makes the most of regional produce – matches the moniker. The open kitchen turns out a menu of big-hitters such as delicate ricotta gnudi, a light lamb tartare and amberjack crudo in a pear and yuzu dressing. Carlsbad is a gastronomic hotspot right now: make a night of it, starting out with a pre-prandial cocktail at Campfire.