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Sep 29, 2010 08:17 AM

In-Fluence La Jolla

This is a pretty new French restaurant that opened a couple of months ago and one of our friends raved about it. We may be going there this week so I was curious if anyone else had made it there and if so, what are your impressions? They don't seem to have a website but I did find a facebook page that has their menu. It is very limited and looks more like a RW menu the way it is set up.

If we go, I'll report back on my thoughts but in the meantime if anyone has any suggestions on must have dishes or ones to stay away from, let me know.

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  1. This one's news to me, and I live within half a mile. The space used to be an Italian restaurant for several years. Very out-of-the way location. Hope they can make a go of it.

    p.s. It's already garnered a bunch of (mostly) rave reviews at that Yelpish place:

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    1. re: bizzwriter

      Is this the place on Mt. Soladad? I trust yelp..right! Here's a part of the yelp review, 'I resisted writing before they opened'. nuff said!

      1. re: cstr

        Yeah -- definitely the place on Mt. Soledad, in that little micro-strip mall on Caminito Blythefield right off Soledad Mountain Road. And I'm wary of the Yelp reviews too -- seems too good to be true. But you never know when a gem will pop out of the muck. Looking forward to your report sdaints!

    2. Report back sdaints!
      I'm usally going 50 mph past Windemere but lots of people don't want to drive down the mountain on either side to eat and the pictures look good and I wish them only the best!

      1. I got an email from the owners of Opera Patissiere last week about this place. They were encouraging people to try it...Apparently friends. Didn't have a liquor license yet.

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        1. re: Cathy

          "Didn't have a liquor license yet"

          Potential kiss of death.

          Anyone know if they have steak tartare?

          1. re: stevewag23

            Yeah, they still don't have the liquor license yet but they claim they are getting it any day. One of the people we were going with really want to enjoy some wine with dinner so we are going to hold off on trying it for now. They told her that they are not allowed to let people BYOB. I am not sure on the laws on this but it seems to vary by restaurant. I still am curious to try it at some point but it doesn't look like I will make it this week. So, I am looking forward to hearing what other people say and to see if they like it as much as the people on Yelp and our friend.

          2. re: Cathy

            I just received another email from Opera saying that In-Fluence now has their liquor license. It mentions that they also serve breakfast and lunch and states emphatically that dinner is by reservation only.

            They are hyping it pretty hard. I like Opera well enough for lunch since it's right near my work, and the email list is nice for upcoming lunch specials, but I'm not sure I trust this random glowing recommendation. First time they've done anything like it.

          3. Please report back. Also, do they allow BYOB?

            1. We were contacted last week from another blogger who had lunch there and he enjoyed it very much. It is a very small restaurant, more or less the husband cooking and the wife is the front of the house. They have a very small, often changing menu (and to answer stevewag23 questions - what we have seen and heard so far from the menu the restaurant seems to go for a modern version of French food and you won't find your standard steak tartare on the menu). We are planning to go soon.

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                1. re: notjustastomach

                  I heard that the smoked beef on the menu is interesting as it is presented in a glass box for the smoking part.

                  1. re: notjustastomach

                    Any restaurant that serves foie gets bonus points by me.

                  2. re: honkman

                    "you won't find your standard steak tartare on the menu"

                    It is incredibly hard to find that dish in san diego.

                    1. re: stevewag23

                      Unfortunately, between the raw beef and the raw egg, I imagine most restaurants nowadays look at steak tartare as a lawsuit waiting to happen.

                      1. re: bizzwriter

                        I doubt that it is the risk of lawsuit. You can find steak tartare easily on the menu of restaurants in LA. Most likely the restaurants in SD don't think there are enough customers in SD who would buy it.

                        1. re: honkman

                          Agree on the eggs and raw stuff, ever eat chocolate mousse, raw cookie dough etc?Their 3 course dinner for $40. looked inviting.

                          1. re: honkman

                            Yeah, I don't think its a lawsuit concern as there is tons of steak tartare in NYC, LA, SF, DC etc.

                            I agree with honkman, I don't think there is the demand in san diego, which is too bad, because when I go to other cities, I end up eating steak tartare almost every meal to get my fill.

                            If you think about it, there really aren't that many classic French restaurants in san diego, if any.

                            I get the feeling that many people in san diego don't really know what it is or would think that its "gross".

                            1. re: stevewag23

                              Ever make it, real easy but, I'd only buy the meat at a reputable butcher and let them know how you're going to use it. Did you have the chance to try raw kibbee (lebanese lamb and bulgar wheat) totally awesome.

                              1. re: stevewag23

                                For Bastille Day, Chef Olivier had it on a special menu. It was very tasty.

                                Here's the menu: