My husband said Laja was like the French Laundry of Baja California.

It’s an honest place for good food and wine in the heart of Baja’s Wine Country.
I spotted one sign for Laja off Highway 3, the main road looping thru Valle de Guadalupe.

It was a lovely spot for my birthday dinner. I was ready for another birthday weekend in Baja California after I celebrated the beginning of my 30s in Ensenada.

They offered a wine pairing with the prix fixe menu.

Soup and salad eased our bellies after a day of wine tasting. Crisp vegetables, savory sauces.

Ravioli stuffed with cheese.

Fresh shrimp and flowers dotted the risotto, one of my favorite dishes of the night.

Grilled sea bass.

I read about food stands specializing in quail in Baja California. I enjoyed Laja’s elegant version of this street food. I had no problem using my hands. I nibbled tender quail meat off the bone.

We closed out the restaurant with bread pudding, ice cream and a birthday candle.

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