Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Happy Hotel Dining: JSix

Jsix is the restaurant at Hotel Solamar.  We ate there once because the hotel gave us a card for a rather significant discount.  Many hotel restaurants don't impress, but our dinner was surprisingly pleasant!
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Our "Chef's Mercy" menu consisted of five courses and typically costs $49.

Bread with Kalamata olive tapenade.
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For some reason, I like tapenade even though I hate olives.  Yeah, I know it doesn't make sense.

Tuna Three Ways: Hawaiian ahi tuna tartare with olive vinaigrette, pine nuts, and orange essence; seared local albacore with chanterelles and aioli; Italian tuna confit.
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Welcome to the 1990s!  Even so, this was done quite well.

Slow-roasted sweet corn ravioli with truffle essence, white corn, basil, braised leeks, and herb oil.
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Loved loved loved this fresh pasta.

Roasted wild king salmon with beluga lentils, smoked bacon, frisee, figs, and red wine sauce.
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Nice crisp skin.  Good smoky flavor.

Duo of Beef: Red wine braised short rib with braised greens and red wine reduction and grilled petite filet of beef.
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I preferred the short rib because it was more tender.

Puff pastry with pineapple carpaccio, Rainier cherries jubilee, and strawberry swirl ice cream. Assorted bonbons.
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Puff pastry is always a hit with me.  Mr. Monkey loved the pretty chocolates.

I probably wouldn't recommend Jsix as a destination restaurant in San Diego, but I'd encourage you to go if you were staying at Hotel Solamar and got a discount card like we did.

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