Nine-Ten 910 Prospect St., (858) 964-5400. B-L-D daily; $$$. This exceptional restaurant is situated off the lobby of The Grande Colonial hotel.
It features lively action and a sidewalk view in a dining area beside the front bar. Additionally, a sedate back dining room on an open-air terrace provides a modest ocean view. Chef Jason Knibb is king of the kitchen, assisted by Pastry Chef Rachel King, who is queen of the desserts. Dishes are highly creative, presentations are beautiful, and flavors surprise the palate. Everyone gets a basket of superb housemade lavash cracker bread and must restrain themselves from eating every crumb so as to leave room for the feast to follow.
My dinner began with a gorgeous salad composed of beets of many colors.
Then came a pretty and delicious and perfectly cooked wild-caught salmon steak with black morels and a bed of sweet corn kernels.
Dessert was a refreshing, very unusual, and again pretty and tasty basil panna cotta with blueberry meringue, fresh peaches, and nectarine sorbet. The entire meal was definitely not the usual. A bar menu is also available; stand-out items include a charcuterie plate, lamb meatballs, and a burger with housemade pickles. Happy Hour runs Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 6:30 pm.
More things to do in La Jolla.
Things to do in nearby San Diego.
Travel articles to inspire and help you plan some spectacular local and foreign getaways.
images ©2014 Carole Terwilliger Meyers