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Encore Champagne Bar and Dining Room

Dagney Jan 5, 2014 05:27 PM

http://www.encoregaslamp.com/

I rode by last night. Encore is located at the southwest corner of 6th Avenue and F Street. The room is not finished yet but so far it looks...well...pretty. Maybe a little Ikea, but pretty. It is a small space, a'la Cafe Chloe or Farmhouse. They open for mock service next weekend and I believe you can sign up for an invitation on their website.

I am so tired of seeing empty storefronts in the Gaslamp so I hope they succeed.

Dag

  1. firecooked Feb 23, 2014 10:34 AM

    We had a really nice dinner there last night. We sat at the bar overlooking the kitchen and did shared plates: smoked salmon (very good), apple/fig tart (interesting but messy), duck confit (very good, rich), brussels sprouts on polenta (good but the sweetness was distracting for me), dessert cheese course (very nice), panacotta (surprising to me... my favorite course of the night, and paired well with rose champagne). Ryan the executive chef was there, he explained several of the dishes, some of the sources they use, etc. Love that they had so many champagnes by the glass (and not at a huge mark up over the bottle price... which were not a huge mark up over retail for the ones I knew).

    A couple of nits -- the service to start was a bit rushed, and we didn't get new small plates after ours were messy (although we we when we ordered dessert, we were clear that we wanted the cheese then the panacotta they were appropriately paced). Note that the bar seating is 2-person chairs, perfect for a couple... would recommend a table if you are there with work colleagues. The other is that a vegetarian would have trouble ordering off the menu.

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      bluefin2na Feb 19, 2014 02:20 PM

      Been there 3 times, Duck Confit Risotto is great, followed up with the Piquillo Peppers stuffed with albacore was wonderful, Lamb chops were done jut right with a purple mustard sauce. the seared albacore was done to perfection.

      All 3 times I rolled past the meat market meet and great bar area, too old for that stuff, the service is top notch and with the open kitchen you can see the crew is hand picked. Meals and service were great. dessert menu is great.

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        Bretzel Girl Feb 17, 2014 02:32 PM

        I went this past weekend and wasn't all that impressed. I didn't eat there---just sat at the bar. Ordered the Schrambsberg Champagne and they were out ($60), so they recommended another type of champagne priced at $120. I thought that was kind of ridiculous. We ended up opting for a bottle of wine. No one had tried it so couldn't tell us about it. The vintage on the menu was an '08. The one they served was an '11. Not sure how such a new place can already have vintages that don't match up. It was just okay. I don't think I'd make a special trip to go back. Unfortunate, because I was SO excited about this place as I LOVE champagne.

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          firecooked Feb 17, 2014 02:43 PM

          Hoping it was just a bad night... I have dinner reservations there for Saturday. Will report back. Question - is parking an issue?

          1. re: Bretzel Girl
            Dagney Feb 17, 2014 05:14 PM

            How frustrating. Sounds like they could have made your dining experience better with just a few little service tweeks...recommend a champagne in a logical price range, not twice what you originally ordered, train the staff, and then offer an explanation/compensation for the incorrect vintage being served to you.

            For Firecooked: parking in the Gaslamp is always a bear. I would suggest looking for a parking lot on the outskirts of the Gaslamp, around 7th and F. The prices for the lots range between $5-10, and you save the hassle of driving in Gaslamp traffic.

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              firecooked Feb 17, 2014 05:20 PM

              Thanks... Also considering taking the ferry over (we are on Coronado) and a cab...

          2. El Chevere Jan 15, 2014 11:43 PM

            LOVE this place...just returned from the soft opening. Same owner as Blue Boheme.

            Went with a group of friends and enjoyed a number of shared plates such as the pate, duck confit, and potato gnocchi with bacon that almost had me wetting my pants. For entrees, the group ordered scallops, the burger, jidori chicken, and whitefish which was all good.....one of my friends owns the largest wine bars/wine shops in the San Diego area and we washed down this great food with a bottle of Perrier Jouet Rose and a magnum of Quintessa. For dessert, we shared the devils cake chocolate and lemon tart that were equally fantastic.

            I heap praise on Gaslamp and Seaport Village restaurants about as often as San Diego professional sports teams win championships....in other words, this place is great and I will definitely return....love the ambiance and furnishings of this place as well....they even have a private dining table for a group of 4 that I will have to take advantage of. Muah.

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              melee Jan 17, 2014 04:33 PM

              Thanks so much for your review. Can't wait to try this place!

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                El Chevere Jan 17, 2014 04:44 PM

                I just hope there is enough local support to keep it sustainable. Lots of attention to detail. I forgot to mention how much I also liked the chef viewing bar area in the main dining section in the rear with white tufted leather chairs that seat 2, not 1, persons. Very cool.

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              cstr Jan 6, 2014 06:57 AM

              By mock opening do you mean a soft opening.

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              1. re: cstr
                Dagney Jan 6, 2014 10:45 AM

                yes, well, I think she (the manager, cannot remember her name), meant they were going to be open for invitees only so the staff can have a couple of low pressure runs before they officially open.

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                DoctorChow Jan 5, 2014 08:11 PM

                It'll be interesting to see what they mean by SD "fresh" cuisine. Presumably, most things on the menu will pair well with champagne!

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                  alegramarcel Jan 5, 2014 08:09 PM

                  I LOVE champagne! I will have to check this place out!

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