S and I had date night a few weeks ago, and I wanted to try one of the newly-opened restaurants in San Diego – out of Ironside Fish & Oyster, Juniper & Ivy, and Table No. 10, only Table No. 10 had reservations available on a Friday night (at a reasonable dinner time). We were quite excited, since we had read so many positive reviews about the place!
The restaurant had a very modern feel to it. Downstairs is the kitchen, and a “Chef’s Table” – basically a counter looking into the kitchen, where you can eat and watch the chefs work.
I wish we had known about the Chef’s Table before making reservations, but the seats there were already taken so we went upstairs to the dining room. I really liked the decor there – unfortunately, it was too dark to take too many photos.
We started off the evening with a cocktail. I had a really hard time deciding between the “I’m Messin’ with Texas”, and the “Flux Capacitor” – which is served in a bubbling Erlenmeyer flask. In the end, my curiosity about the brisket-fat-infused whiskey won out, so we went with the Texas-themed drink.S and I both enjoyed this; the brisket fat added extra smokiness to the already-smoky whiskey. I don’t see this drink on their online menu anymore, but hopefully it’ll still be available by request.
For the food selection, we had heard that the “Bites” and “Small Plates” were the best, so we ordered several items.The deviled eggs vary by day, and that day was with thyme, yogurt, radish, and chives – sounded pretty good to us! I haven’t had deviled eggs in a long, long time… several years, probably. I liked the refreshing flavor of the chives and yogurt but felt that the radish flavor was a little muted. Still really good, though – I’m inspired now to make deviled eggs again. Our waiter recommended the octopus, which is grilled on a wood plank. S commented that it tasted like Taiwanese street food… haha. The smokiness of the grilled octopus paired quite nicely with the Portuguese sausage, but the most impressive part of this dish was the potato. It had a perfectly crispy exterior, yet was soft on the inside (sort of like mashed or puréed potato) and basically melted in your mouth. I wished that there were more than two pieces of it!