I really want to like Born & Raised. The design is fabulous and I am happy for more high end concepts to enter San Diego. Unfortunately the service was terrible on this and a previous visit and unacceptable at this price point. My first issue, not unique to this restaurant, is being asked for a credit card when ordering the bar. It was not crowded and I was clearly ordering dinner. The bartender cannot keep track of me when I did not move? I despise this practice and what feels like punishment for preferring to dine solo at the bar while doing the restaurant the favor of not occupying a 2-top. I ordered 2 dishes that would be table side preparations if not at the bar (although I am told that if you order more than one table side preparation you will only actually get one). If I am not going to get the added show, could I at least have new flatware between courses? Or actually asked if I want the dishes coursed? While the tartare was excellent, the toast was a horrible choice as far too soft to actually support anything and created a collapsing mess each time I tried. I would have enjoyed a second cocktail, but alas I couldn’t get the bartender’s attention for 25 minutes. Perhaps why they need to ask for credit cards or people would get tired of waiting and just leave.
A great introduction to Biga for dinner which was part of their wood fired series featuring guest chef Drew Bent soon to open Lola 55 in San Diego. All very good and flavorful dishes with the bonus of a surprising dessert that I loved. I look forwarding to visiting Lola 55 and have already made a return visit to Biga based on the great hospitality.
trio of tostadas
loca ceviche – pineapple, jicama, chipotle
beef tartare – papilla, avocado, leek
fried oyster – basil, tomato, serrano, lemon
beets, potatoes, wood fired octopus, smoked saffron aioli, pickled spring onion parsley
tamale of porchetta, mole manchamantes, pickled vegetables, coal roasted plantain
oak baked yams, charred marshmallow, horchata of allspice & sugarcane
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
The roof at Kettner Exchange is a lovely setting as was my food on this visit. Unfortunately I am a bit too old for what is frequently a party scene. So if you prefer quiet I would go early in the week and early in the evening.
grilled thai sausage