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nshoregirl Oct 6, 2006 03:29 AM

Hi everyone,

I'm new to CA and am looking for a nice restaurant for an engagement dinner. Data points:

- nice ambience, for ~15 ppl
- some kind of fusion (like Roy's or Bobby Flay)
- not heavy food
- nice presentation (i'm being redundant, aren't i)
- pricy ok
- view not a priority

I suppose we can always go to Roy's but would like to try something more Californian.

Thanks a mil -- This is an awesome forum! :)

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  1. snort RE: nshoregirl Oct 6, 2006 05:11 AM

    I really like Beach Grass Cafe in Solana Beach for the type of food you mention.

    1. snort RE: nshoregirl Oct 8, 2006 05:26 AM

      I'll retract my last comment (partially). Just came back from there tonight and it wasn't all that great. Maybe they do some things well and others not so well. I have liked the sea bass, scallops (a special) and the kahlua carnitas tacos. Tonight was fatty pork chops and pretty bland chicken with decent mashed potatoes and "airline" veggies.
      Maybe breakfast (poi pancakes) is the best meal there.

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        nshoregirl RE: nshoregirl Oct 8, 2006 07:18 PM

        Hi Snort -- thanks a bunch for your replies! I guess we'll just go to Roy's.... Anything poi is bad in my book, but will try the pancakes and the other dishes you liked :)

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          daantaat RE: nshoregirl Oct 8, 2006 09:29 PM

          if you are willing to head south for Roy's, you might want to look at the La Jolla area. Roppongi's in La Jolla is Asian fusion and a little different than Roy's. They also have a private room. Cafe Japengo in UTC/La Jolla also does Asian fusion--can get noisy on weekend nights from the bar area (if noise is an issue).

          If you are willing to go further south, Parallel 33 in Hillcrest is the most unique fusion--all the countries on the 33rd parallel from around the globe.

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            DiningDiva RE: daantaat Oct 8, 2006 11:43 PM

            "If you are willing to go further south, Parallel 33 in Hillcrest is the most unique fusion--all the countries on the 33rd parallel from around the globe."

            Actually, it would probably be easier and faster just to go east a little bit to Asia Vous in Escondido. Riko and Amiko cook together frequently and have very similar styles. Asia Vous is fabulous and the room decidedly more elegant and romantic than Parallel 33.

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            nshoregirl RE: nshoregirl Oct 15, 2006 05:34 PM

            Thanks daantaat, DiningDiva -- they all sound very interesting!

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