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Masterchef’s Adrien Nieto Cooking Baja Cuisine at This Is Not A Pop-Up, Thursday Through Sunday in Hollywood

Adrien Nieto
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Sure, you can gorge on oily chips and watery, sneeze-guarded salsa this Sunday to celebrate Cinco de Drinko, or you can consider an upgrade by dining with chef Adrien Nieto at This Is Not a Pop-Up this week. Cooking in Hollywood from this Thursday night through Sunday, Nieto is a Ventura local more recognizable for his near win on Masterchef than his consulting work at the wonderful Jolly Oyster, which serves Baja-farmed bi-valves on Ventura State Beach. This week, Nieto is serving a five-course Baja-inspired menu priced at $50 per person. Dishes include a sea scallop ceviche with jicama and wild hominy, a saffron crab tostada with grapefruit and avocado, and tequila-spiked churros with chocolate, coffee, and tangerine for dessert, along with a couple of supplements that include his briny friends from the sea served with seasonal sauces and chorizo. Check out Nieto’s full menu below and find reservations online.


SEA SCALLOP CEVICHE jicama, hominy
CINCO DE MAYO CITRUS SALAD wild greens, cucumber, meyer lemon
SAFFRON CRAB TOSTADA grapefruit, avocado, cabbage, herbs
NOPALES TOSTADA housemade tortillas, quail egg, blood orange, radish


-Fresh Baja Oysters with seasonal sauces

-Steamed Clams with Chorizo

-Market Vegetable Quesadilla

Masterchef’s Adrien Nieto Cooking Baja Cuisine at This Is Not A Pop-Up,