This post is loooong overdue – in fact, it’s from San Diego Restaurant Week, all the way back in September. Haha. I guess I forgot about it and was looking through my folders recently, and realized that I never did this post… Well, you could say that this is in preparation for the next RW, in January!
I had originally only planned to visit one restaurant for RW, Nine-Ten, but some of my friends persuaded me into checking out another one. Particularly, one friend who was leaving San Diego soon and was telling me about how this could be his “last Restaurant Week in SD,” etc. etc. So of course I had to go. In the end, we got a group of six people for dinner on the last night of the September RW.
By the way, all the photos in this post are courtesy of my friend J! He has a much nicer camera than mine, that does much better in low light. I actually got another friend, “Uncle E,” to take photos as well, but his camera was too nice, and the files are too big for my little blog… hahaha.
We were seated promptly by the hostess, and soon after we were presented with some baguette slices:
Bread & Butter
It was pretty good bread, but I wasn’t particularly dazzled by it. But then, this came next…
House Corn Muffins
I have a spot soft in my heart for cornbread/muffins. Anything corny, I guess, ha! But these were so delicious. They arrived at our table warm, freshly baked, and they tasted delicious. Soft and fluffy and buttery and corny. Mmm… we asked for seconds of these, and the next batch arrived warm, too. This restaurant knows the way to my heart. (Ah, if only S knew that all he had to do was present me with warm, freshly-baked, delicious bread, I would have started dating him long before I actually did. Heehee.)
Amuse Bouche: Spot Prawns with Mango Chutney
We were pleasantly surprised with an amuse bouche (“taster bite” that’s supposed to whet your appetite before the meal starts), poached spot prawns with a sweet-and-sour mango chutney. I really enjoyed the prawn, which was fresh and cooked perfectly. I was also a bit sad that S wasn’t at the dinner, since he would have given me his prawn, haha…
Anyway, for Restaurant Week, Market offers a three-course dinner for $40. Between the six of us, we tried four different appetizers:
Fuji Apple Salad & Roasted Apple-Brie Tart
This was J’s appetizer. I noticed that most of the appetizers had two components. I tried a bit of the apple-brie tart – the crust wasn’t so flaky, but I did love the pairing of apples and brie. I like apples and brie better than the traditional apple with cheddar, actually – the creaminess of brie contrasts well with the crunchy apples. The salad was made with butter leaf lettuce, and a caramelized honey-cider vinaigrette, drizzled with vanilla balsamic. I didn’t try the salad itself, but J seemed to enjoy it.
- Alder Wood Smoked King Salmon & Crispy Potato Cake
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