We have a couple favorite restaurants in the Gaslamp District of San Diego, but are always on the lookout for jazz clubs with food when we visit from Los Angeles. Grant Grill is a fine restaurant with the adjacent Grant Grill Lounge for music and a smaller menu. It's one of the highest ranked San Diego restaurant on Tripadvisor, too.
So we made early (7:00 pm) dinner reservations, and planned to move the the lounge for dessert and coffee.
I called to make reservations and had a very friendly hostess help me with my reservation - it turns out she was working when we arrived for dinner and escorted us to our table.
Our fabulous waitress Beatrice soon arrived and navigated us through the menu, which states at the bottom, that they get their produce from the Santa Monica Farmer's Market, their own US Grant Hotel rooftop garden, and Crows Pass Farms. I wonder if they offer tours of the rooftop garden???
We brought our own wine (corkage $25), a bottle of Terry Hoage 5 Block. 50% Syrah, 25% Mourvedre, 19% Grenache, 6% Cinsault.
Now on to our orders: Me: Roast beets, with citrus curd, homemade goat cheese wrapped in a shatteringly delicious tuille curl. There were date slivers, apple slices, watercress or some micro greens - so pretty and sweet/savory it could almost be a dessert! $13. Hubby had the farmer's market greens, with roasted spring vegetables including interesting delicious tomatoes, candied pecans, shallot vinaigrette $12. Salad was wonderful, he says.
Main course: I had the Pastrami Spiced albacore. That sounded intriguing! Rounds of seared albacore draped with dry slivers of speck ham were served atop carnarolli rice, a rice often used for risotto. Lovely tender-firm cipollini onions formed a border above the rice/albacore. I loved this dish. $28
Hubby ordered medium Omaha Natural Angus Tenderloin. It was definitely not medium, and although he enjoyed the first bites, sent it back for a little more cooking. It was perfect when returned. The tenderloin came with crispy (round) yukon potatoes like baby tater tots, Bloomsdale spinach - delicious, and roasted sweet onions. It was beautiful as well as delicious. $38
The bread was foccacia - it was a beautiful round loaf, cut in quarters with salt crystals on top. We had some, but didn't want to spoil our appetite.
After our meal we ordered dessert and coffee, our waitress, Bea peeked into the jazz lounge, saw it was filling up and reserved a lovely corner banquette table for us. We slid into the soft seat with a perfect view of the music - Ruby Blue, an acoustic jazz singer with a backup bass, drums and piano completed the quartet. The lounge wait staff and our waitress Bea seamlessly brought coffee, dessert, fresh water. No fuss, perfect service!
Now our desserts! Hubby ordered Tahitian Squash Cake, with a walnut crumble, grenache and amaretto ice cream. $9.50. He didn't like it a whole lot so I swapped him my delicious and huge Pistachio Berry tart, with vanilla creme fraiche and chopped pistachios. Also $9.50 This was a FABULOUS dessert, one of the best desserts I've ever had. Not sweet, the tart used ground pistachio in the crust, too. It is large enough to share. I'd return for this dessert alone!
We listened to the music, sipped our excellent coffee, then wandered down the street to our hotel. Highly recommend both restaurant and lounge!
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