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Any white truffle dinners in San Diego?

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4wino Oct 21, 2010 04:31 PM

A quick search showed only one at Bice, Nov. 9. Never been there, so I'm not sure what to expect.

  1. stevuchan Oct 29, 2010 12:45 PM

    From Naomi

    "Fresh white truffles (oooh!) are in at El Bizcocho, from now thru 11/30 or while supplies last -- in appetizers, entrees, or a six course truffle dinner from hot new chef Ryan Grant"

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    El Bizcocho
    17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr, San Diego, CA 92128

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      4wino Oct 29, 2010 01:14 PM

      Thanks Stevuchan, I called them and they sent me a menu. The tasting menu is $360. The also offer individual courses, like scallops for $125, fettuccini for $100 of Jidori chicken for $125.

      Just got an email from Pamplemousse Grille and here is their tasting menu:

      White Truffle Season is here at Pamplemousse Grille. We will be featuring White Truffle Specials and a Full White Truffle Tasting Menu. For those interested in purchasing these tiny delicious treasures P.Grille will be making them available at $125.00 per ounce.

      Piedmonte White Truffle Tasting Menu

      Herb Gnocchi with Parmesan Reggiano Cream

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      Carnaroli Risotto with Butter Poached Alaskan King Crab

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      Grilled Quail with White and Green Asparagus &
      Truffle Vinaigrette

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      Pan Seared Medallion of Veal Rib Eye with Roasted Fall Vegetables, Porcini and Morel Mushroom Sauce

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      Chocolate Truffle Cake with Salted Caramel

      $175.00 per person

      Plus Tax and Gratuity

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      Pamplemousse Grille
      514 Via de la Valle, Suite 100, Solana Beach, CA 92075

      1. re: 4wino
        stevuchan Oct 29, 2010 02:00 PM

        Thanks for the additional info 4wino. I'm all for spending $$ on good food but $360 is really steep, I could get behind a $175 but my 3 visits to PG have been less than great, unless things have improved since '08.

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          4wino Oct 29, 2010 02:24 PM

          I will pass on El Bizcocho too. The $360 price is ridiculous. This would bring the cost for 2 people after corkage, tax, and tip to about $1000. When I wine the lotto, I'll be all over it, otherwise, not so much.

          But I might just do the pamplemousse grille dinner.

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          El Bizcocho
          17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr, San Diego, CA 92128

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          daiichi Nov 15, 2010 10:10 PM

          OK, I just tried the white truffle menu at Pamplemousse Grille--this, mind you, after having the menu at El Bizcocho--and the dinner was fantastic. Sadly, though, PG's menu was not near as enjoyable El Bizcocho--but that's like saying my Tessarossa is better than my Boxster. If I had a bucket list, I'd save up for EB's truffle menu.

          OK the real scoop. First course was the gnocchi. This is found often on their regular menu, and it doesn't disappoint. But, alas, we've had this before--so there was no surprises.

          The second course was my favorite--as a truffle dish. You can definitely taste the truffle in the risotto and on the crab.

          The third course was my son's favorite. But to me, the quail's taste overpowered the taste of truffle, But quail and asparagus? Can't go wrong here.

          The Veal was my daughter's favorite. I gotta say t hat the porcini and morel mushroom sauce was awesome. But again, if you're looking for truffles, you wouldn't be able to taste it here, the flavors of the veal and sauce simply overpower the subtle taste of truffles.

          OK, the one disappointment? The Chocklate Truffle Cake didn't have truffles in it. Ryan Grant's White Chocolate truffle bon bon really had truffles in it and it added a dimension to the dessert I never would've imagined. But Jeff's cake, delicious as it was alas was truffleless.

          So either menu is great. But in a word, EB's truffle menu is better.

        3. re: stevuchan
          SDGourmand Oct 30, 2010 09:08 AM

          I don't know how El Bizcocho charges so much. I can't imagine that many people paying their prices. These are 3 star Michelin prices..

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          El Bizcocho
          17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr, San Diego, CA 92128

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            daiichi Nov 14, 2010 09:37 AM

            My family and I had Ryan's white truffle tasting menu last night... and my God! It's the best meal I've had in memory. $360/menu? Yeah, kind of steep--but worth every dime. The dishes were prepared in ways that boggle the mind with surprises at every turn.

            My favorite dish of the evening was a tossup between the fettucine and the scallop. But the amazing thing is that, full as I was, i would've just kept eating until I dropped dead from internal hemorrhaging--the truffle dishes were just that good.

            Couple this with Ryan's style of interacting with the diners--and we found we enjoyed the meal so much we decided unequivocably to visit the restaraunt again with the REST of our family.

            So expensive, yes... but darn, mortgage the house if you must. It's a once in a lifetime experience worth every dime,

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            El Bizcocho
            17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr, San Diego, CA 92128

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