If you're in the mood for a quaint and unique atmosphere with mind-blowing home made bistro fare, Barbarella is a fantastic option in the La Jolla area.
My first experience there was an amazing champagne brunch with gooey fresh-baked cinnamon rolls (Barbara's grandmother's recipe I'm told) and a generous sausage omelet and fresh fruit. Halloween is my all-time favorite holiday and Barbara goes ALL OUT on the decor. Robotic ghouls, spider webs, and inflatable monsters out front all put the experience over the top. It was a beautiful fall day and from my first visit I knew this place was special.
I finally got to experience dinner and cocktails at Barbarella just this week, and I was thoroughly impressed! I started with a perfectly mixed dirty Belvedere martini and my wife had a specialty pink looking cocktail in a special glass that she said was wonderful. We shared a melty, heartwarming, comfort food bowl of french onion soup with flavorful gruyere. My friend recommended the bolognese and with home made fettuccine it was nothing short of spectacular. Something as simple as fettuccin with meat sauce typically isn't the type of dish you would consider memorable, but I'll never forget this meal. My wife enjoyed a perfectly cooked fresh piece of salmon with veg that made her quite happy.
We couldn't help but accept the offer for dessert, and we split some ridiculous chocolate lava cake with banana gelato that they make from scratch in the restaurant. And although at this point we were stuffed, we cleaned that plate and were left with huge happy smiles on our faces.
Overall, the service we received, the quality of the food on the unique menu, and the breathtaking location a stones throw from the Pacific, were more than enough to deserve 5 glowing stars. Not only would I recommend this gem to anyone I know, but I will certainly be back!
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