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Baja Chef Martin San Roman to Open New Restaurant in Valle de Guadalupe

Baja Chef Martin San Roman to Open New Restaurant in Valle de Guadalupe

by W. Scott Koenig

SAN DIEGO – On Thursday, June 26th, acclaimed Mexican chef Martin San Roman will announce the opening of his new restaurant, La Terrasse San Roman at AlXimia in the Valle de Guadalupe, scheduled for early July. The announcement will be made during the premier Baja Wine Night Series at Dobson’s Bar & Restaurant in downtown San Diego, which will feature a multi-course pairing of Chef San Roman’s Baja Provençale Cuisine with exceptional wines from the Valle de Guadalupe.

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The premier Baja Wine Nights Series at Dobson’s will feature courses from Chef Martin San Roman paired with Baja wines.

La Terrasse San Roman will be located at AlXimia winery and will offer premier destination dining in the beautiful and verdant Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California’s wine-producing region. The restaurant will offer outdoor dining from Wednesday-Sunday on their terrace (and breakfast Saturday & Sunday) with a sweeping view of the Valle’s mountains and vineyards. La Terrasse San Roman will welcome wedding and private parties, and will conduct regular cooking classes and other events at the restaurant throughout the year.

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La Terrasse San Roman features Baja Provençale Cuisine

La Terrasse San Roman will specialize in Baja Provençale cuisine, which applies traditional rural French recipes and preparation methods to largely locally-sourced ingredients from the bounty of Baja. Chef San Roman’s menu will feature regional organic produce, local and imported cheeses, woodfired pizza, raclette, fresh local seafood, steaks from Sonora and the famous PASTEL DE CREPAS, creation of Chef San Roman since 1987.

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Chef San Roman’s famous Pastel de Crepas. Photo:

This combination creates a new regional cuisine for Baja California that is steeped in French and local traditions, rich and varied in flavor, and respectful of local ingredients and their producers. AlXimia’s award-winning wines will also be available to pair with Chef San Roman’s Baja Provençale menu. Breakfast items will include Birria de Chivo (a favorite of El Gringo’s), chilaquiles and Beef with Pulque (a perfect hangover cure, apparently, for those who may have enjoyed one too many of the Valle’s best wines the night before).

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La Terrasse San Roman in the Valle de Guadalupe will specialize in Baja Provençale Cuisine.

Chef Martin San Roman brings to La Terrasse San Roman a vast array of international culinary experience and culinary creativity. Born in Mexico City, San Roman graduated from L’Ecole Lenôtre in Paris, France. His experience in Fauchon and Le Meridien Hotels in Paris, the London Hilton and the San Diego Westgate led him to his role as chef owner of Tour de France and Rincon San Roman, both in Tijuana, Mexico. His cooking show with the Televisa Network ran for eight years with a strong following on both sides of the U.S. – Mexico border. San Roman has traveled the world representing Mexican classic and modern cuisine and has received more than 250 awards from 12 different countries.

Chef San Roman is a member of Mexico’s Vatel Club; Academie Culinaire de France; Societe des Cuisiniers de Paris, and the American Culinary Federation, he was spokesperson for Tijuana Inovadora 2012, and he is a Chef Consultant for Restaurante Parilla Argentina El Diego in Monterrey and Mexico City. Chef San Roman is also consulting chef for Dobson’s, Hotel Boutique Casa Fernanda in Tepoztlán, Mexico and Whole Foods Markets in San Diego. Chef Martin San Roman brings a refreshing fusion approach to La Terrasse’s Baja Provençale cuisine.

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La Terrasse San Roman is located at and and will feature award-winning wines from AlXimia.

The premier Baja Wine Nights Series at Dobson’s on June 26th will feature wines from AlXimia, as well as Valle de Guadalupe producers Paolini’s Wines, Monte Xanic and Cavas Valmar. Cost of the meal and event is $80 (all inclusive) and can be purchased online at

Dobson’s is a landmark in San Diego and has been one of the city’s favorites since the 1980′s. The premier Baja Wine Nights promises to be mouthwateringly good and offer an excellent introduction to Chef San Roman’s Baja Provençal cuisine and the wines of the Valle de Gudalupe. El Gringo will be in attendance, and I hope to see you there!

Your Gringo in Mexico,

La Terrasse San Roman is located at AlXimia Winery in the Valle de Guadalupe, just northeast of Ensenada at Km.3, the tiger country road (next ranch El Parral) Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, Mexico. CP 22766. Once the restaurant has opened in early July, reservations and inquiries can be made by calling +52 646-1967803. Website coming soon. Visit La Terrasse San Roman’s Facebook page at for grand opening announcements.

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Chef Martin San Roman & former Baja Secretary of Tourism Tintos Funcke.

W. Scott Koenig (El Gringo) has travelled extensively throughout Mexico since the mid-1990s — from the streets of Tijuana to the beaches of the Yucatan Peninsula to the country’s Spanish Colonial heartland. His blog,, reports on Mexican travel, destinations, culture, events and cuisine. He also blogs extensively for and has been published in the Baja Times (Baja’s largest English language newspaper) and Destino magazine in Los Cabos. Additionally, he is the founder and creative director of Koenig Creative LLC in San Diego, a full service design and marketing agency. is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula. We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotelsvacation rentals and activities, as well as guides, maps, complete event calendars and great stories about incredible travel destinations, from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas.  We also provide free personal travel consulting, planning and booking services in Los Cabos, Todos Santos and La Paz, with prices that match or are below best advertised price. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at

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