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Jan 18, 2013 05:33 PM

The Pony Room...Rancho Valencia Resort

Anyone been yet?
Saddle me up to this looks great with solid cocktails.
Love the remodel..

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    1. re: Beach Chick

      This woiuld be the perfect time for you to give us a review, ciao!!

      1. re: Beach Chick

        Ok, I'm inspired. We are going today for lunch!

          1. re: ibstatguy

            Perfect day to relax in the beautiful, peaceful setting. Felt like we were somewhere other than San Diego. The renovation of the property is really well done. The Pony Bar decor reflects the riding theme without being too obvious or over the top and the the main dining room at Veladora feels upscale but not stuffy.

            We sat outside on the patio overlooking lush views of the flora and fauna of the hills of Fairbanks Ranch and ordered lunch from the Pony Bar menu. We started with the charcuterie board, which at $22 was a little pricy, but worth every penny as it was one of the best I have had in San Diego. Eight thin, crispy, garlicky crostini served with VERY good chicken liver/port mousse pate, prosciutto, sopresatta, chorizo and salami, pickled onions, olives, cornichons, roasted red peppers and grain mustard.

            We each decided on one of the "trio" lunch offerings. My better half ordered the diestel farms turkey panini (sort of a club with avocado, bacon and havarti) that came with a small, perfectly dressed mixed, spring greens salad and a cup of soup. They always offer tomato or soup of the day which was a very well executed cream of carrot.

            I ordered the trio that included salad, cream of tomato soup (garnished with pita squares and parmesan cheese), and the quiche lorraine. I know, sounds a little boring, but it was the best quiche I have ever had. A very large wedge (and thick - about 3-inches tall) of warm, moist and creamy custard of eggs and emmenthal cheese in a well-made buttery crust, generously flecked with sharp, salty, applewood smoked bacon. While the tomato soup was pretty standard fare, the quiche was worth the price of admission.

            We will be back, and next time I am going to take a spin on the beautiful croquet lawn.

            1. re: foodiechick

              Awesome report chica!
              The resort has our names all over it.

              1. re: foodiechick

                Sounds divine. Thanks for the great review.

                1. re: foodiechick

                  Do you know who's in the kitchen. Your lunch report sounds fantastic...especially with the weather we're having right now.

                  1. re: foodiechick

                    thx for the report and charcuterie photo!

                2. re: foodiechick

                  Can't wait to hear all about it..
                  If I wasn't playing tennis, would of love to have met up with the chica..
                  Thinking next week before Torrey Pines..

              2. We had lunch at the Pony Room today. Perfect. I had the Quiche Lorraine and Tomato Soup with Parmesan crouton like Beach Chick did. Anything but boring. Husband had a wood-fired lamb pizza and beets with burrata. Excellent wines on tap, including a frizzante. One of the most beautiful hotels I've ever seen. I want to live there but I'll settle for a regular lunch date.

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                1. re: pickypicky

                  So glad you liked it, I had the same longing to live there as well. We should meet there for lunch someday, with Beach Chick and her DH...except it was me, foodiechick that posted the review (it is ok, Beach Chick and I are two chicas cut from a similar cloth). ;D

                    1. re: foodiechick

                      Gosh, Foodie! I apologize. I KNEW it was you posting and my fingers typed it wrong. But I do think of you two chicas as cut from the same sunny cloth: happy positives to my usual negative.

                      And thank you again for steering us to such a lovely afternoon. I wish the Rancho Valencia all the best in its new incarnation as one of the most classically beautiful and truly elegant places in San Diego.

                      (And yes. Some day I'd love to share a glass and a meal with my anonymous friends.)

                    2. re: pickypicky

                      So happy picky that you both had a lovely meal.

                    3. Went to lunch yesterday with my goofball friends at the gorgeous Pony Room in RSF...we sat on the patio and the weather was beautiful overlooking the foliage and hidden estates.
                      I had the Quiche Lorraine and that was served with a tomato soup and a salad..the trio was delicious and only $14 bucks!
                      Friends had the steak salad and said it was excellent.

                      Couple of glasses of wine, food and laughter was a perfect way to celebrate the day.

                      Rancho Valencia Resort is a lovely 5* resort and highly recommend this gem in San Diego.

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                      1. re: Beach Chick

                        Love this place...have gone for dinner/drinks and brunch (at Veladora) but not for lunch. Excellent carne asada tacos (meat is marinated for several hours); very good flatbread (you can really taste the flavor of the salami and peperoni--very high quality); best seafood paella in town; dinner specials throughout the week; and you can order off the menu from Veladora and they will bring it to you at the bar or one of tables inside the Pony Room--the 3 meat rigatoni is small but very good and be sure to ask for the fresh 18 month aged reggiano cheese.....nice ambiance without being stuffy--feels more like I am in Marin entertainment Thursday-Saturday nights. Complimentary nuts and what appears to be cheese toast at the bar is high quality as well.Love this place.

                        1. re: El Chevere

                          Brunch would be fantastic..
                          Staying for a long weekend in one of the cottage bungalows would be sublime.

                          1. re: Beach Chick

                            their breakfast meat tray is unbelievable--only the highest quality....lemon souffle pancakes are out of this world; huevos rancheros very, very good as well....very reasonably priced at either $16 or $20 (opt for the latter) for brunch--Sundays only.....only place they are over the top is for the cost of a pot of coffee--forgot, think it might be $7 or $10....for the most part, prices are very reasonable (breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner) at this place especially considering the quality....but let's not boast about this place too much--wouldn't want the masses to get wind of this place. I refer to Rancho Valencia as my country club without the dues--apparently, others agree with me as it recently got voted as one of the top 5 resorts in California....Whoa Nellie.

                            1. re: El Chevere

                              lemon souffle pancakes...I am totally digging how you roll El Chevere!

                              Will keep our private Country Club on the down low. .
                              ; )

                          2. re: El Chevere

                            I keep meaning to make the trip for dinner, thanks for the positive push.

                          3. re: Beach Chick

                            Quiche Lorraine ? That normally includes bacon - are you finally coming over to the good site and eat meat ;)

                            1. re: honkman

                              Only someone from Berlin/Montebello would catch that little tidbit that I threw out...hoping no one would catch it. .hee hee

                              I asked the waiter if it was bacon infused and he said yes and then when it arrived, it had microscopic applewood bacon bits that were beyond delicious..picked as many as I could out but relished in the fact that I was eating bacon..

                              Dang, everything does taste better with bacon!

                            2. re: Beach Chick

                              So happy to read this review along with the recs from El Chevre. We had a very small wedding at RV 17 years ago and our anniversary is coming up soon. Trip to the Pony Room sounds like a great way to celebrate!

                              1. re: melee

                                If you are celebrating the anniversary of your wedding there I would up the stakes and spend a few extra dollars to dine in the beautiful Veladora restaurant there. Same Chef, gorgeous room, stepped up menu.

                                Happy Anniversary in advance!

                                1. re: foodiechick

                                  One of those cottages for a long weekend for your anniversary, would be solid too.
                                  ; )

                                      1. re: Beach Chick

                                        Call ahead.

                                        Maybe they'll make it with Morningstar Scrambles.

                                    1. re: Beach Chick

                                      I like the way you & foodiechick think!!!
                                      I'm gonna work on this and will report back :-)

                                      1. re: Beach Chick

                                        So, I did a little looking around on the Rancho Valencia website, and I think The Pony Room might have been the library before the remodel - which is where we were married! Looks like the same croquet lawn with a view to the ocean where we did a champagne toast before we exchanged vows. We definitely need to check that out!

                                        I also looked at booking one of those cottages too for a weekend, but for about the same amount of money I can buy round trip tickets to Hawaii for my family of four!

                                        Looks like we'll start with drinks in The Pony Room then head over to Veladora for dinner. Thanks for the great idea!

                                        1. re: melee

                                          Since both of us love Kauai, I would do Kauai. .

                                          Why not brunch this weekend at the Pony Room and you can scope out the resort and then book Veladora for dinner for your anniversary.