I keep meaning to add some hotel reviews and for some reason I just keep skipping over them. While hotels are certainly justified in doing it as I am sure people abuse it, this is the first time I had been asked for my AAA card in ages when checking in. Of course I didn’t have my current card in my wallet and couldn’t remember my password for the mobile app. I was told I had to come back with the information prior to checking out otherwise the rate wouldn’t be honored. But when I went back the next day after sorting out my password situation to get a mobile version of my current card, the front desk agent looked completely surprised that I was offering this information.
The Viceroy has done a very good job in competing with the Thompson across the street (and winning). I loved the decor, the chaise, the large desk, having a Nespresso, the large shower, and the long entryway. Also a great touch that the closet opened on two sides, into the hallway and the bathroom.
Somerset restaurant on the ground floor from the Boka Group is so good that I almost went two days in a row (review in my next post). Unfortunately Devereaux, the rooftop bar was a huge disappointment. When I walked in, not only was I not greeted by the first 3 employees that crossed my path, but from the looks that they gave me I felt like I walked in 2 hours after closing wearing face paint. I understand there is a seasonal pool and plastic glassware may make sense at certain times of day and the year. But late in the evening, an expensive cocktail at a beautiful bar in a plastic glass is just tacky. The bartender required me to give him my license even though I was staying at the hotel. The bar was only about half full and wouldn’t it have just made more sense to ask for my room number and last name if they feared I was a flight risk? When I closed out I was returned my license and only glanced at it and saw that it was from the correct state. Probably an hour later when I was in bed, my room phone rang and it was the bartender who told me that he had given me the wrong license and tried to give another guest closing out my license, and the asked if I could come back up. When my response to that was a clear no he came down with my license about 10 minutes later. Another 10 minutes and I would have been asleep with earplugs in and two people would have been without a license.
I would absolutely stay at the Viceroy again but definitely avoid the bar.
Trust is definitely one of the better options in San Diego and I was pleasantly surprised by the food. Service was quite good and even the wine list was a cut above most of the city. However due to a poorly functioning exhaust system I came home having to launder everything I was wearing and wanting to wash my hair before bed, a feeling I haven’t experienced since the days smoking was permitted indoors. I hope this was an unfortunate one time event so I will definitely give it a second chance.
hamachi tartare, black sesame, cilantro, avocado, sprouts, cucumber, trout roe, taro root
baja striped bass crudo, persimmon, apple, pickled chiles, fish eggs, citrus, herbs
arugula salad, yams, fried lentils, red onions goad fromage blanc, spiced pepitas, maple dijon vinaigrette
wood grilled cauliflower, golden raisins, mint, serrano aioli, curry vinaigrette
wood grilled pork sausage, yam gnocchi, bread crumbs, morels, charred broccoli, arugula cream
I so wish Galaxy Taco was in downtown San Diego instead of La Jolla!
Juniper & Ivy
It’s always my first choice when anybody comes to visit!
carne cruda asada, quail egg, cotija, jalapeno
persimmon caprese, burrata, lemon balm, puffed rice, champagne vin, persimmon jam
country ham pancake, candied pistachio, persimmon
sweet potato agnolotti, maple glazed chestnuts, sage, brown butter
ahi tuna wellington, mushroom duxelles, gravy, kale, horseradish fingerling potatoes
A very decent brunch option in San Diego.
butter leaf salad, apple, hazelnut butter, tarragon dressing, brioche
While its obviously all about the sunset, the food is delicious!
chili calamari – fresh hers, fresno chiles, sweet chili sauce
hummus – marinated olives, roasted peperonata, charred eggplant puree, za’atar, tzatziki, house made pita
grilled faroe island salmon, vegetable Lanson mills faro grain salad, watercress, chermoula
It was perhaps the most anticipated opening of 2016 and after so much hype I was sure that I was going to be disappointed. I tried to set very low expectations and even prepared myself to sweat on the roof before dinner. I could not have been more pleasantly surprised at how wrong I was. One of the best examples of what hospitality is. Delicious food, friendly and stellar service. Really the type of fine dining experience that I gravitate toward. I didn’t want to leave and can’t wait to return.
late summer in sonoma county
homemade tofu – heirloom tomatoes, jimmy nardello pepper, saikyo miso and olive oil
summer squash from the farm – scallop stuffed blossoms and courgette cream
bodega bay wild king salmon “ibushi-gin” – shio koji vinaigrette, char roe, and myoga
poached foie gras – tea of last year’s tomatoes, tokyo turnips, and their greens
black cod “fukkura-san” – leeks, vegetables from our farm broth of young lettuces and gyokoro tea
pacific rogue beef – noyaux cream, komatsuna, bing cherries, chanterelle mushrooms, summer truffle, and almond
sonoma grains – nettles, kasu-zuke, farro verde beignet, rib cap, and herbs from the garden
frozen peach – sweet corn granite, peach, corn pudding, and peach consommé
pennyroyal lychee sherbet – whipped lemon posset, fig compote, and plum
wagashi – chocolate and mint, tomato and strawberry, yuzu cream
Absolutely perfect at anytime of day.
I was expecting to like Lazy Bear but perhaps not as much as I actually did. It was still a heatwave and so quite uncomfortable on the 2nd floor where dinner starts with snacks. But as we moved downstairs the ceiling fans made things tolerable. Considering that all diners are served at the same time at large communal tables execution was fantastic. Most memorable were the reserve wine pairings which were definitely a good choice over the standard pairings. Certainly a very fun evening and I would definitely return.
crispy mistake mushroom
spelt & rye dinner roll
sf coast halibut
sungold tomato, shelling beans, seaweeds, squid
king salmon and its roe, arrowhead cabbage, buttermilk, dill
corn, pork jowl, kale, egg yolk fudge
squab, smokey beets, huckleberry, pink peppercorn
blackberry, corn, butterscotch, basil
nectarine, nasturtium, white chocolate, oats
gummy bear, grilled strawberry, koi, olive oil
cinnamon macaron, white shocolate ganache
PB&J, raspberry jam, peanut butter mousse