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A.R. Valentien - La Jolla

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A.R. Valentien - La Jolla

Lynne | Aug 8, 2005 04:03 PM

I went to A.R. this weekend. The dining room was not busy at 6:45 when we arrived. We were seated in the small dining room which is uncomfortable when semi empty. It is very quiet. We started with an excellent white corn soup and very good salsify with chanetelles and chervil. Main courses included veal cheeks with red corn and pickled young leeks and white sea bass. The veal cheeks were amazing. They were tender and grilled perfectly. The sea bass fell flat in flavor. It had a lemon broth that was very mild. Both my friend and I were raving about the veal when our server came by. We mentioned that the sea bass was dull she immediately offered us the halibut. The manager came with the halibut and a wine pairing (I don't remember what the wine was but was perfect with the fish). He apologized about the sea bass and came over again to check on the halibut. The halibut was fantastic. It came with braised fennel and toasted garlic tomato sauce. We finished up with carrot cake baked alaska. Very good.
I have seen some posts on this board but is rarely considered a must go restaurant. I can't figure why. The lodge is beautiful and the restaurant was excellent. Any ideas why it isn't as talked about as much as it should? Lynne

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