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Mar 2, 2012 01:52 AM

WineSeller and Brasserie

I looked for reviews on the San Diego board and could not find one. Their menu looks basic but good. Opinions? We are considering them for dinner next Friday.

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  1. It's been about 6 months for me since I've been there- maybe even a bit more. I always enjoy it, though for french focused food there are other places I prefer, especially if I'm not going to have a full bar. Also, and this isn't a complaint, but holy shit this place is hard to find. It's buried deep in office park hell.

    1. Solid place in terms of food and service, worth a try if you have never been.

      1. I went there once with my parents and found the place to be so-so. The service was good, the place had a good ambiance (especially for being in the middle of an office park), but the food was merely okay. For the money, I'd go with the Wine Vault and Bistro, which has better food and ultra-swanky-seeming tasting menus.

        1. Thank you all for the replies. We are going to give it a try. Our work schedules are opposite right now, so we have each taken a day off to get our taxes done, and have dinner. We want quiet and intimate, solid service, but are not willing to deal with Friday night parking-crowd-waitlist headache. WB seemed to fit the bill. The menu is not as progressive or creative as we would prefer, but it looks like there are some flavorful options. Far be it from me to argue with good old fashioned French.

          1. Just returned from dinner.

            The greeting, low key, unobtrusive.

            The room, understated and attractive.

            The service? Ummmm...excellent. Quiet. PROFESSIONAL. No, "hey guys can i getcha sumthin ta drink?" Rather, "Good evening, may I bring you a drink?"

            And the food the food the foooooood. Oh yes oh yes oh yes.......

            We shared the Foie Gras with maple syrup, banana, and pancakes. I was a bit apprehensive, as I do not generally care for Foie Gras being mucked up with a bunch of stuff, but this was served with juuuust the perfectly sweetened banana, and the perfectly delicate pancakes, and the right amount of maple syrup.

            Dinner? I had the duck confit with mushroom risotto. The duck was wonderful, not overcooked, juicy, crisp skin, and the risotto was a great balance between creamy goodness and earthy mushroom humility. Husband had the filet with leek puree. Hands down, one of the best filets we had ever eaten. The leek puree was excellent. Leek puree? Excellent? Huh? Yeah, it was excellent.

            Dessert? The profiteroles with homemade ice cream. Did you know that if you served their caramel ice cream at the UN, you would have world peace in 5 minutes?

            Frankly, I don't know why this place is not bursting with clientele, though I must say, we loved the abundant parking, the quiet room, and the spot-on dining experience.

            So, go, if you must. But keep it on the down low. We don't want the Gascrampers to migrate north.

            5 Replies
            1. re: Dagney

              Great report Dags!

              What's a 'Gascrampers' ?
              ; )

              1. re: Beach Chick

                Hipsters drunk people from the Gaslamp.

                1. re: Dagney

                  never would of figured that out..
                  ; )

              2. re: Dagney

                They had a few chef changes and their previous menus were quite a bit more expensive but not really good that might explain why there are normally often quite empty

                1. re: honkman

                  Yeah, I figured there must have been a bad patch. If I was going to nitpick, then I could say, okay yeah, the food was fairly traditional. However, the quality of the ingredients is what made each dish. I mean, leek puree? Who cares right? But they must have used the greatest leeks ever because the entire flavor spectrum of this rather humble vegetable was completely exploited.