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Cafe Chloe in San Diego


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Cafe Chloe in San Diego

Tom Armitage | Jun 5, 2006 06:51 PM

Café Chloe is one of the few places I've been recently that hit a total home run. Every single dish my wife and I ordered was a winner. The white gazpacho was all about almonds and subtle flavors, totally unlike the red tomato-based gazpacho usually encountered in the U.S.A. My wife and I agreed that the thin, crisp, tender, and tasty pommes frites were among the best we'd ever had. They came with three dipping sauces including a truly wonderful and intensely flavored watercress sauce. My wife ordered the steak tartine with gorgonzola mousse and cipollini onions rare, and the steak came rare, with big flavor and a perfect char accent. My macaroni gratin with pancetta had a wonderfully balanced combination of gruyere, fontina, and white cheddar cheeses with a hint of gorgonzola that provided just the right grace note without overwhelming the other cheeses. A pot de creme combined a silky smooth texture with a bold bittersweet chocolate flavor, accompanied by some fabulous Guinettes cherries marinated in brandy and kirsch (imported from Sarlat, France). The bread pudding was likewise a combination of perfect texture (not too dry and bready, not too moist and gooey) and a wonderful balance of orange and chocolate flavors. The young chef, Katie Grebow, is turning out not just good, but great, food. She has the stuff. I can’t recommend Café Chloe highly enough.

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