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Chef Changes

Anyone know where Ryan Grant went? My whole family is bummed--we had decided to go to El for his Omakase menu tonight and found out he no longer worked there. His food is so good I think I'm a groupie and will follow him to any restaurant he shows up in. So anyone know?

Jan 05, 2011
daiichi in San Diego

Any white truffle dinners in San Diego?

OK, I just tried the white truffle menu at Pamplemousse Grille--this, mind you, after having the menu at El Bizcocho--and the dinner was fantastic. Sadly, though, PG's menu was not near as enjoyable El Bizcocho--but that's like saying my Tessarossa is better than my Boxster. If I had a bucket list, I'd save up for EB's truffle menu.

OK the real scoop. First course was the gnocchi. This is found often on their regular menu, and it doesn't disappoint. But, alas, we've had this before--so there was no surprises.

The second course was my favorite--as a truffle dish. You can definitely taste the truffle in the risotto and on the crab.

The third course was my son's favorite. But to me, the quail's taste overpowered the taste of truffle, But quail and asparagus? Can't go wrong here.

The Veal was my daughter's favorite. I gotta say t hat the porcini and morel mushroom sauce was awesome. But again, if you're looking for truffles, you wouldn't be able to taste it here, the flavors of the veal and sauce simply overpower the subtle taste of truffles.

OK, the one disappointment? The Chocklate Truffle Cake didn't have truffles in it. Ryan Grant's White Chocolate truffle bon bon really had truffles in it and it added a dimension to the dessert I never would've imagined. But Jeff's cake, delicious as it was alas was truffleless.

So either menu is great. But in a word, EB's truffle menu is better.

Nov 15, 2010
daiichi in San Diego

Where can I buy fish taco style smoked Marlin?

TJ Oyster Bar on Bonita Road in Chula Vista has Marlin fish tacos. Decently priced, very tasty seafood in a tiny, hole-in-the-wall, hard-to-find location that's always jam-packed with people. Their fish tacos and ceviche are a staple for the locals in-the-know.

Nov 15, 2010
daiichi in San Diego

best mexican food San Diego

Try an El Gordo Taco place. Small, hole-in-the-wall feel for authentic street tacos. My favorites are lengua and cabeza tacos... but for the faint of heart, you can't go wrong with carne asada or adobada. Tasty.

Nov 14, 2010
daiichi in San Diego

Any white truffle dinners in San Diego?

My family and I had Ryan's white truffle tasting menu last night... and my God! It's the best meal I've had in memory. $360/menu? Yeah, kind of steep--but worth every dime. The dishes were prepared in ways that boggle the mind with surprises at every turn.

My favorite dish of the evening was a tossup between the fettucine and the scallop. But the amazing thing is that, full as I was, i would've just kept eating until I dropped dead from internal hemorrhaging--the truffle dishes were just that good.

Couple this with Ryan's style of interacting with the diners--and we found we enjoyed the meal so much we decided unequivocably to visit the restaraunt again with the REST of our family.

So expensive, yes... but darn, mortgage the house if you must. It's a once in a lifetime experience worth every dime,

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El Bizcocho
17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr, San Diego, CA 92128

Nov 14, 2010
daiichi in San Diego