My wife and I are always on the search for new restaurants for our high-rotation list. So far The Linkery, Café Chloe and Urban Solace are on this list. This Saturday we found a new restaurant – The Better Half.
The Better Half is one of the best restaurants in SD we have visited in a very long, long time. Everything is outstanding. From the ambience – you feel like you are eating in the living room of an old friend, to the great service and the outstanding food.
The evening started with a nice amuse bouche – a wonton with salmon and salmon caviar. As the starter we both choose the pork belly. Braised for seven/eight hours and finished with a aged sherry vinaigrette and warm mixed baby green, this is one of the best pork bellys we have ever eaten. As the entrees we picked the braised short ribs with cauliflower-horseradish mash, morel mushroom sauce and fried leeks and the duo of duck – two separate duck dishes. One with homemade pappardelle pasta and duck confit and duck breast with a rice pilaf. Both dishes were excellent and showed the great execution of the kitchen. Dessert was classic vanilla crème brulee and cherry bread pudding – both as good as everything else before. We also got before the entrees some mango sorbet and some complimentary brussel sprouts as side dishes for the entrees. We also like the idea that you can only order half bottles of wine which gives you the chance to test many good wines for a resonable price.
At the end of the meal we had the chance to briefly talk with Chef JohnRobert Kennedy and when we mentioned how much we liked the prok belly and we would like to know if there would ever be a chance to get some pork belly as a main entrée he gave us is telephone number and mentioned that we should give him a call before we come the next time to the restaurant and he would make us a special pork belly entrée – impressive service and shows also the quality of the kitchen staff.
We can only highly recommend to go to The Better Half and experience one of the best new restaurants in SD. It will be definitely on our high-rotation list from now on.