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Feb 17, 2011 11:12 AM

El Bizcocho Review

So, I finally had the chance to try El Bizcocho last night.. Those of you that have never been there, let me first say this, this hotel is in the strangest location I've ever seen.. It's literally at the end of a cul de sac of a residential neighborhood.. The inside of the restaurant is very old school they will be going through a million dollar renovation in the coming months that will hopefully make it a little more up with times..

Now on to the food..
Full Review w/ pictures here:

Lamb Tartare
Violet Mustard, Micro Salad

This was a nice start to the meal.. The lamb was super tender and the mustard and what I think was worcestershire gave it nice acidic tang to it..

Heirloom Beets
Frisee, Candied Walnuts, Fennel, Avocado Pudding, Beet Gelee

Beets were cooked and seasoned perfectly.. The only thing I missed was the avocado pudding it got lost in the mix..

Porchetta di Testa
Watermelon Radish, Mache, Fried Shallot Vinaigrette

One of the favorites of the night.. This porchetta di testa was melt in your mouth tender.. Great flavors I would love this sliced a little thicker and on a sandwich.. So good..

Asparagus Soup
40 Minute Egg, Black Truffle, Prosciutto, Essence of Chamomile

The soup was poured table side.. The soup was the proper consisentcy and had great flavor.. I wish that the yolk on the egg was a little bit more runny and that there was more prosciutto throughout.. I like a little crunch for texture in soups..

Foie Gras
Apple Chutney, Pan De'Epices, Huckleberry, Arugula

Overall solid but I wish that the piece of foie gras was a little bit thicker.. The chutney was a nice compliment to the foie

Salsify, Fennel, Bacon Powder, Caramel Froth, Mizuna

Loved this dish second favorite of the night.. The scallop was cooked and seasoned perfectly.. Loved everything it was paired with but missed the bacon powder..

Pork Belly
Spiced Guava polenta, Piquillo Pistachio Relish, Olive Crumb

Best dish of the night and one of the best pork belly dishes I've had in a very long time.. When reading what was in this dish it sounds a little weird.. Guava polenta? upon trying it everything made sense.. The guava polenta reminded me of peanut butter and the acid from the piquillo cut through the richness of the polenta and belly.. So good loved it!

Filet Mignon
Bone Marrow, Asparagus, Golden Beets, Smoked Pommes

Not that great of a picture.. It's been a long time since I had a big piece of filet.. Although this was cooked properly I much rather have a fattier cut.. Ribeye or Ny.. I just kept missing the fat in each bite.. I loved the sides especially the smoked pommes..

Chocolate Pistachio "Creme Brulee"

Good dessert huge portion.. I'm not a dessert person but I actually enjoyed this.. Pistachio is one of my favorite things and love it paired with chocolate..


The zeppoli themselves were nice and soft would have liked them filled with a sauce.. Wasn't a fond of the strawberry gelee on the bottom.. The only miss of the night..

Overall I really enjoyed the dinner and look forward to returning.. There was some real standouts like the pork belly, scallop and porchetta.. All the food was seasoned and cooked perfectly, execution is there and I was surprised to find out that there is only 4 cooks in the whole kitchen.. Apparently the food and bev manager who is no longer there cleaned house and got rid of almost everyone.. El Bizcocho is definitely in somewhat of a transition period right now. I'm curious to see how this place turns out after the remodel and what Travis will do with the menu..

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

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  1. Great write up! How much is the tasting course? Was this with or without wine? Are they closing down the whole operation while they remodel?

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    1. re: chezwhitey

      Thanks.. The tasting was $125.. It was without wine.. They are closing for about five weeks for renovation.. They are completely doing the restaurant over, new name new concept..

    2. We live very nearby, and we've never had a bad meal there. Service is superb--attentive, but not overbearing. Excellent wine selections, too. While they're renovating, hope they don't over-do, 'cause there's just not much that needs fixing. BTW, hubby calls is "El Mucho Fleece-o," but still never hesitates to mention it as one of his favorites.

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      1. re: pine time

        Pine time - could you please write up a report when it reopens, with new name, decor, menu, etc? I've been going there every few years for the past 30 years, and have had a different chef/style of menu each time, and would love to hear about the new changes. TIA!

        1. re: Claudette

          Wjl gladly do the next time we go, BUT we're now retired and the stock market is killing us, so may be a while before we go again. Doubt that the name will change, since it's an insititution in this area. There's also the Veranda Room at the same venue (all in the RB Inn), and it's more casual and decent food.

          1. re: pine time

            I heard that they are totally changing the main dining room along with the name. I have a buddy who bartends up there and this is what was told to me.

            1. re: pine time

              I hear you - I'll never be able to retire at the rate our 401Ks and house price are dropping. We used to go the RBI once a year, but haven't been in over 3 now. I've never liked the food nor service at the Veranda Room, and have always had great food and service at El Biz - but the economy might not support such a high-end resto (the most expensive and elegant restaurant in Tucson closed a couple of years ago for that reason, although the ones in the SF Bay area are doing quite well). Maybe other CH posters will keep us informed.