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Dec 6, 2007 08:21 AM

Thoughts on SD restaurants

I just got back from five days in San Diego and wanted to share my thoughts on some restaurant experiences.

Candelas - recommended frequently on this board, I thought the food was mediocre and not distinctively Mexican. Also, the fussy, overly-formal service was a bit too much.

Taka - also recommended frequently here. I thought it was excellent and went there twice. The atmosphere at the sushi bar is great and the chefs make useful reommendations.

Blue Point Coastal - I thought it was pretty good, thought not great.

Rama (Thai) - More Chinese than Thai. Nice atmosphere but not very authentic cuisine. They have a 1 to 10 hotness scale, but even at 10 the food is not very spicey.

Never did manage to get to a taco shop, so I'll have to return at some point.

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  1. Hey newport - I hoping that you could expand on your experience at Candelas - which may be one of the few examples of Alta Cocina cooking in CA.

    The prices just strike me as prohibitively expensive. DD - I want to hear from you too _ I vaguely recall you writing about here a while back!

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    1. re: kare_raisu

      No, I have never written about Candelas, I wrote about Casa Madera. Candelas is overpriced because it's in the Gaslamp and they're charging what the market will bear.

      As with any discussion of Mexican food, you have start with what the person's definition is of Mexican food and what they are/were expecting to find.

      1. re: DiningDiva

        According to this search for Candelas: (, you did recommend it a few times in the past. I imagine you have dined there more than once. Were your experiences recent enough to offer a few more details and impressions? I respect your opinion on Mexican food.

        1. re: Joseph

          My experiences there are not recent. If someone wants Mexican downtown I will usually recommend it. Sounds like it might be time to revisit and see how it is. Things change, especially kitchen staffs.