Any reviews of JSix?
Has anyone been to JSix recently? What did you think of the food and the atmosphere? Is it worth trying?
I love Christian Graves' food. I HATE their dining room. Feels cold and sterile and never full enough. Graves is fantastic with cured meats and fish (he used to work at Faralon in SF). One of the more underrated chefs in town. Wish he was at a different spot.
Had a lunch there a couple of weeks ago. Service was great, food was meh, but in fairness it was a pretty standard and limited menu. I get the feeling they only serve lunch because they have to service the hotel guests.
I agree that this is not a good match for this talented chef. And that cold, sterile dining room? About to get colder and more sterile. They are changing the color palate from warm yellow and amber to grey.
Wow! We read about this special once a month event in the SD Union-Tribune and decided to give it try. OMG it was over the top beyond what I expected. It started with a limo ride to the Hillcrest Farmers' Market where we walked the stands with Chef Christian Graves. He gave us suggestions and insights on various stands and how to pick the best asparagus, fingerling potatoes, etc. Then we returned to the restaurant kitchen where we watched him put together a tasting menu and then helped prep the food. We were given champagne and cocktails while we prepped, then ushered to the dining room to await the first course.
The warm asparagus salad with truffled lemon aioli was bright and satisfying. Then came a small plate of seared albacore tuna over a salad of cherry tomatoes, baby squash, fennel pollen and basil. Luscious. He showed us his pork products curing in the cooler, then delivered an amazing bacon wrapped pork tenderloin, medium rare, over a warm fingerling potato and marcona almond salad. The seasoning was spot on. Next was a braised shortrib over a medley of beans we had shopped for, topped by dungeness crab. For dessert the strawberries I helped to prep turned into a wonderful parfait of mascapone -cream and ricotta with a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie. All of this accompanied by wines to match and designer cocktails, including a frozen peach belini and basil gimlet. I was impressed by the small size of the freezer and the roof-top herb garden--a sure sign that the vast majority of the food prepared by the kitchen is from scratch and locally grown.
We arrived at 10 am and didn't leave until nearly 5pm. It was a fabulous experience and an excellent value. Now we're hot to try them for a regular dinner, the chef's confab in June, and another Chef's Kitchen in the height of the summer fruit season. This is a chef who is in love with cooking!
616 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101
We had last weekend a tatsing menu at JSix and just asked them to cook something which represents the philosophy of their restaurant. We were very impressed with the results and it is an impressive statement that from the four savory courses two were vegetarian. Many restaurants claim to care about seasonality and freshness but you don't see really in tasting menu (which for us are always by far the best way to explore the "core/idea" of a restaurant.
So we ended up doing our small (30 guests) wedding reception here and we LOVED IT! The party planner there was very accommodating. All the foods were tasty. We started with the in house charcuterie and cheese plate, ceviche, and some dips. All of the flavors were great. I just wished we had more! Then we had the potato leek soup which was very delicious. It was followed by a strawberry and organic mixed greens salad which is just hard to get wrong. Finally for the entrees we had local bass and a petite filet. The petite filet was a touched overcooked but the fish was done just right. It was served with truffle oiled rissotto which was also VERY good.
It was a bit expensive but it was OK with us for the special occasion. I liked the setup of the semi private room. It was clean and modern. The restaurant wasn't full on a Monday night but there were other diners there so it didn't feel awkward. Their house wines were good.
Service was acceptable. I felt a bit rushed because they brought out courses before I was done with the previous course but it could just have been that I was too busy hosting to eat. But the servers brought us everything we needed. They were very attentive and acommodating.
Overall, it was exactly what we were looking for in a place for a reception - goood local foods, nice space, and good service. A bit expensive but its competitive with other restaurants in the area. I would totally recommend JSix.
Just had dinner there tonight and I must say, Jsix and Chef Graves are doing just about everything right and are trying hard to earn our business.
Housemade bread and a lucious tapenade started things out. The Caesar Salad came with the larger inner pieces of romaine intact with a delicious dressing and white anchovies.
Felt like something braised, ordered the ubiquitous braised short rib and got a huge portion over two mounds of creamy mashed potatoes. Bursting with flavor. My dinner companion got a perfectly cooked port tenderloin wrapped in bacon over a nice cheesy polenta with cippolini onions and baked peach. Really good.
I don't know how widely known this is, but Jsix waives corkage for up to two bottles of wine per table and knocks 10% off the bill if you're a local with a 92101 zip. Like I said, they're trying hard. If you're stuck in the Gaslamp looking for slow food that hits the mark, you could do a LOT worse than Jsix.
616 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101