Since reviews are relative to the individuals giving them, I like to start with a little background. We are a late 30's, early 40's couple who were having date night away from the kids. We weren't looking for a fancy restaurant or a club or bar scene. We've traveled the world and long for the type of restaurants you can get in NY, San Francisco, Vegas, etc., of which there are very few in North County San Diego.
It's difficult to find a good restaurant with a decent vibe in San Diego. Surprisingly (at least to us), Burlap fit the bill. Although a bit eclectic (I don't get the Western theme with Asian food), the decor and ambiance were fairly hip, the crowd was fun and nicely dressed and the food was quite good. We are big fans of Asian fusion food, and Burlap did an excellent job. We had the tuna and jalapeno appetizer (not as good as Nobu, but still very good), miso cod (not as good as the miso sea bass as Tao in NY or Vegas, but still excellent), and the Thai brussel sprouts with sausage (I HATE, repeat HATE, brussel sprouts, but this was one of the best vegetable dishes I've ever had). The cocktail menu was a bit strange for us, so we stuck with skinny margaritas, which were excellent. The dessert was the only disappointment. The coffee ice cream on the Dirty Del Mar was overpowering (then again, I like coffee ice cream about as much as I like brussel sprouts). Vanilla would have been a better choice.
On a final note, the service was exceptional. I've read some reviews that it's too pricey. I did not find it any more expensive than comparable restaurants. I'm a firm believer in you get what you pay for, and I've gotten a lot less for a lot more from other places. Overall, we had a great experience and will definitely return.
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