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Feb 15, 2010 06:26 PM

Hillcrest/Mission Hills Monday night dinner

About 10 of us will be in the MH/HC area for dinner on a Monday night. We used to go to the Better Half, but, alas...
Any ideas? Does not have to be very fancy and can be pricey too. There are a bunch of new places on Washington by Goldfinch, but I've not tried them yet. Wine Vault is already booked for the night we have in mind.

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  1. Yakatori
    Avenue 5
    Hane Sushi
    Might want to try Red Door, but reviews are mixed.

    4 Replies
    1. re: stevewag23

      Yakatori only if the chef/owner Nabe is in the kitchen. Otherwise Yakitori is nothing special and not worth going.

      1. re: honkman

        honkman, I got completely get where you are coming from.

        I would still recommend Yakatori without Nabe san over 99% of the other offerings in the area.

        1. re: stevewag23

          Perhaps, but one runs the risk of someone not enjoying their meal and giving up entirely on YY.

          1. re: stevewag23

            Honestly our dinner there without Nabe was overall so unremarkable that I think there many are options better than Yakatori. (which doesn't mean that we don't want to go back when Nabe is in but somebody mentioned that he will be in the future at their newly opened place on Convy which for us eliminates Yakatori/Hillcrest as a possible restaurant option.

      2. Mandarin Dynasty, corner of University and Normal Street in Hillcrest. You could probably arrange with Randy, the chef owner to create a specific menu for you and your friends. You could probably also bring your own wine,

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          1. re: stevewag23

            Thank you Stevewag23, I made the correction.

            1. re: normalheightsfoodie

              No sweat. I was wondering if there was some other secret spot I didn't know about.

              Have you ever had "Randy, the chef owner to create a specific menu for you and your friends." ?

              1. re: stevewag23

                Damn--Hane and Avenue 5 are closed Mondays and they'd be a great choice. What about Cucina Urbana? They are open Mondays. I'm afraid to try those new ones on Washington by Mission Hills until I see more consistently positive reviews.

                1. re: keena

                  Cucina Urbana is great, but really loud and really popular. For a party of your size CALL NOW!!

                  1. re: foodiechick

                    Although I personally dislike Cucina Urbana for a few reasons, I think it would be perfect for your situation.

                    And on a Monday night I doubt it will be crowded, if that is a turn off for you.

                    If you do want a crowd, Harney sushi in old town is one of the few places in san diego that does have a crowd.

                2. re: stevewag23

                  We have in the past and it has always been very good.

                  I really like the salt and pepper scallops.