Koberl at Blue in San Luis Obispo
We discovered this restaurant on our very recent trip to SLO. It is located on Monterey St., across from the Fremont theater.
We shared the seared fois gras appetizer that had a blackberry sauce and micro greens sitting on a small waffle. The fois gras was cooked perfectly and all the components went well together. For my entree I had the the duck, which consisted of sauteed duck breast with a pomegranate sauce, a leg prepared as confit, sweet potato hash and chard. The breast was cooked perfectly, medium rare. The slight saltiness of the confit was a nice pairing with the moist breast. Both duck preperations were very tasty, full of flavor, and the sides went well with them. Hubby had a special of buffalo short ribs with polenta and veggie that I don't recall. The short ribs were not fork tender, but still pretty tender and flavorful. You could see it had been cooked with the bone in, and then the bones removed for presentation. It's right up there with the best short rib dish I've ever had, at Lucques in LA. I was too full for dessert, but I tasted hubby's chocolate lava cake. It was very chocolatey, and hubby stated it was one of the best versions of this he's had, and he's had quite a few.
The prices were reasonable for the quality of food. Service was good, if not polished, but hey, I'm sure most of the wait staff in SLO are students working their way through school, and I'm all for that. The service was right on in all the important spots: cordial, dirty dishes cleared promptly, courses did not overlap, proper silverware presented. Portions were generous for a fine dining restaurant. I would definitely eat here again.