I recently was in San Diego for a couple of days and got to sample some of the food. The highlight was to be a dinner a Laurel that the host said would be memorable; alas, it was not. The room was attractive, the staff friendly and well informed, but it could not make up for underwhelming food. I started with the crudo, which sounded much better than it was. I found the dish to be devoid of any real discernable flavor. I had tastes of both the foie gras and the pear and bacon flatbread, and while both were better than my crudo, there wasn't anything special about the dishes. Next I had the venison "sous vide, " which was much better than what I had previously tasted. It was very well prepared and tasty. Others at the table who had the daurade and the duck confit were not as lucky. The french fries and cauliflower side dishes were outstanding, as was the coffee. All-in-all, an unremarkable dinner.
I did have very good meals at Taka and Sushi Ota, with Sushi Ota clearly being the best of the two. I also had two very good dim sum lunches in the area, one at Jasmine and the other at a place I didn't get the name.
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