My wife and I were down in San Diego from the Bay Area a couple of weeks ago over presidents weekend. We went to Addison at the Grand Del Mar based on the "top restaurants in the US" review in Esquire. I also read that Jesse the sommelier is from the Napa area and has gotten some really good press lately.
First off, the space is very inviting and sexy. I loved the booths. Yes, booths. Perfect for a special occasion - private and romantic.
The dinner menu doesn't offer a typical chef's tasting menu as I get at Manresa, Fifth Floor or French Laundry. The menu is split up into three courses. You get your pick of one item for each course. There also were two amuse bouche and one chef add during the dinner. At first I wanted the chef to just surprise us with his tasting menu - so I was kind of disappointed... but I got over it and settled in as the first AB showed up.
The entire dinner was great! On par with the best in the bay area. The wine pairing was out of this world - Jesse is amazing - very entertaining and had great stories about each winery and how he came to pair the wines with the dish.
I didn't have a note pad so I have to go off of memory. The Mussels were perfect - taken out of the shell and swimming in a delicate sauce made of lemon verbena. We also had wood grilled Fois Gras which was lightly smoky and luscious and decadent all at the same time. The combinations are all so interesting - every taste gave you layer upon layer of combos (such as the wood grill AND Fois) that worked perfectly.
The desserts were really nice. Same combo moves - lots of sweet and salty. I remember the peanut butter cup as being perfect in all ways. The desserts matched the sexiness of the place.
Really great dinner all around.
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