We are from the Bay Area and I was in town for a work meeting and to visit a good friend. After reading reports here we decided to try the Wine Vault Bistro. All I can say is that if this place were in the Bay Area I would eat here every single weekend. The food was uniformly delicious and the price can’t be beat.
Here is the dinner we had:
Asparagus Salad | Shaved White Asparagus | Wild Greens | Watermelon Radish | Sherry Vinaigrette –simple and amazing
Cauliflower Bisque | Caper + Golden Raisin Emulsion | Roasted Florets | Fried Herbs- very satisfying
Hoisin Glazed Duck Breast | Fresh Peas | Fava Beans | Pea Tendrils- duck breast is ubiquitous at fancy restaurants but usually it’s overly rare bland and/or tough. This was the best duck I remember having in recent memory.
Grilled Flatiron Steak | Roasted Fingerlings | Braised Mustard Greens | Hen of the Woods-excellent
Housemade S'mores- I am very picky about dessert, but this ws chocolaty, rich and deeply satisfying
San Diego is lucky to have such an amazing and affordable restaurant. We just had dinner in a highly reviewed new place in San Francisco which was double the price. The food wasn’t nearly as satisfying. There was a vibrancy in the food at Wine Bistro often lacking in typical Alice Waters/ Thomas Keller inspired restaurants.
If the owners are reading this please open a restaurant in SF or the east bay.
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