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runninglos Oct 2, 2007 09:40 AM

Wanting a great dinner for a group of girlfriends. We are thinking about going to Bite in San Diego on University Blvd.....any opinions or recommendations about this restaurant?

  1. geekyfoodie Nov 29, 2007 11:09 AM

    A little late to reply, but here's a rundown on a recent meal there:

    Potato Pancake with Smoked Trout, Dill Crème Fraiche and Apple-Apricot Chutney- Pretty good dish, especially the chutney. I'd say, if anything, I didn't really taste much of the potato pancake, but the accompaniments were delicious.

    Yam Gnocchi with Rock Shrimp, Toasted Hazelnuts, Haricot Vert and Sage Butter- The worst dish of our meal... the gnocchi were mushy and greasy and the shrimp had an overwhelming "fishy" flavor, like they weren't fresh.

    Deconstructed Nicoise with Seared Ahi Tuna “au poivre” in Tellicherry Peppercorns- One of the best dishes of the meal, with crisp green beans, delicious slices of hard-boiled egg, and perfectly seared tuna. The components were so fresh and well-prepared that the dressing was almost unnecessary.

    Pizza of Rock Shrimp, Grilled Corn, House Smoked Tomato Sauce and Feta- very good with a crispy crust. The rock shrimp worked better in this dish than the gnocchi. There was no fishy flavor.

    House made Duck Proscuitto with Wine Poached Seckel Pear and Mache- I liked the flavor of the pears, but they completely overwhelmed the proscuitto and I couldn't taste it at all.

    Foie Gras Crème Brulee with Anise Fig Bread “Panini” and Intense Herb Sprout Salad- I loved the creme brulee, which had the nuttiness of the foie gras and the fluffiness of a mousse (it wasn't a custard-y texture, but it was topped with a caramelized sugar crust). Others at our table felt that the anise fig bread was a little too strong and kind of dominated the creme brulee's flavor, but I liked it.

    Steak Frite, Red Wine Marinated Flat Iron Steak, Garlic French Fries, Béarnaise/
    Lamb Meat Balls, Rich Spicy Tomato Sauce with Grilled Polenta and Wild Arrugula- my reaction to both these dishes are "they're very good". They are, but nothing outrageously special about them.

    Hand Rolled Raviolis of Braised Short Ribs with Red Wine Demi Glaze, Marscapone and Porchini mushroom salt/Crispy Veal Sweetbreads wrapped in Pancetta with Red Onion Jam- I didn't try these, but everyone else liked them.

    They had a dessert special that was almost like a mini-baked Alaska. Pistachio ice cream covered with meringue and sitting on a little piece of molten chocolate cake. The meringue was toasted. It was served with little bits of cherries (like the multi-colored maraschino cherries). It was incredible. Hopefully they'll serve it for a while.

    For wine, we ordered a bottle of the Ercavio Tempranillo. I'm not big on wine, but I really enjoyed it. It's not dry at all and slightly sweet.

    I liked that you can call ahead to put your name the list. The staff was very friendly except for our server. Our server seemed almost contemptuous of our group from the beginning, which was a little shocking. I don't believe that we did anything wrong. Yet, it was clear that the server really didn't want to work with our table. It could be because we had two kids in our party, but we're talking about middle-school-aged, very well-behaved chowpups. These kids have been eating at good restaurants their entire lives. So, I'm not sure why our server came close to sneering at us, but at least the food arrived warm and our drinks were refilled occasionally.

    I'd definitely go back, as I thought the food was fairly inventive and generally well-executed. If you ended up going, let us know how it went.

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    1. re: geekyfoodie
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      JRSD Nov 29, 2007 01:29 PM

      Went there recently (unfortunately a little too long ago for me to recall it exactly) and had a very nice meal.
      Our Yam Gnocchi had an excellent texture and we did not notice any fishiness in the Rock Shrimp - you may have just gotten an odd bad batch...
      I really liked the trout on potato pancakes, but actually felt that the potato overwhelmed the trout, rather than the other way around. The chutney was excellent.

      The sweetbreads were OK, I have had better and worse. The taste was good, but they had a somewhat chalky texture that turns me off.

      We also had a butternut squash with pumpkin oil (I think) soup and a pate plate that we really liked.

      I thought the desserts were actually the best part of the meal, we had a buttermilk bread pudding that was fantastic, another that I can't recall right now.

      I was actually a little nervous that it would be more of a lounge and not have great service for us since we were not drinking alcohol. However, the host ran outside to offer us change for the parking machine, and everyone there was extremely welcoming. We would definitely go back again.

      1. re: JRSD
        geekyfoodie Nov 29, 2007 01:47 PM

        Yeah, I think that our yam gnocchi was definitely one of those bad flukes. I mean, it was literally over-boiled and the sage butter made it worse, texture-wise. I was so disappointed, because it's the dish I was looking forward to the most. I have a thing for yam or sweet potato gnocchi. Maybe I'll give it another try next time.

    2. r
      RB Hound Oct 2, 2007 10:07 AM

      I haven't been there, but here are a few opinions I've seen recently:

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/443277#2972577

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/409225

      Not the easiest restaurant to find with the search tool - type in "bite" and you'll see what I mean. :)

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