Monday, December 16, 2013

Bertrand at Mister A's is only okay in San Diego(12-15-13)

As we prepare to board a ship for a 30-day South Pacific cruise we chose a well-known haunt here in San Diego for the one night we had here. Bertrand at Mister A's ( sits atop an office building with wonderful views over the city and the Pacific. The service is pretty good, although I had to pour our wine once; which is not something you expect at a fine dining, linen, crystal and silverware type place.
Samuel declared the Strawberry Lemonade better than the one had that afternoon at our hotel and we liked the Frank Family Vineyard(Napa) 2010 Chardonnay which had hints of citrus and oak. They seem to have lots of French wine here, but we were in California.
An amuse of butternut squash soup was nice and we all liked it; this puree thick soup seemed to appear on many plates throughout the evening :-))

Will's Seared Grade A Ahi Tuna with Avocado and fresh Hawaiian palm was nice; I always keep telling him my tartare is better.
My Maine Lobster Strudel with Cognac Lobster Sauce and Forest Mushrooms was the hit dish of the night. Not too rich, just right, loaded with lobster and super tasty.
Samuel had the Oven Roasted Baby Rack of Lamb with Rosemary scented red and yellow peppers, very blasé potato puffs and a fab side of their famous Truffled Fries with Parmesan. The meat was superb and that squash puree was there again.
It was also on my plate of Maine sautéed Scallops with Caviar beurre blanc and very gooey olive and lime risotto and crispy broccolini. The scallops were fishy and overall the dish only impressed on the garlicky broccolini.
A glass of Trinitas Estate Chardonnay was nice with this and Will had the Tantara Cuvee Bertrand Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara with his Duck Breast accompanied by Turnips and Turnip Puree(the highlight) and a dry confit.
We were full and tired so skipped dessert and headed back to our hotel to crash early.
Time changes always mess me up.
It will be a while until we report again as we are at sea, but I may squeeze in a dinner or lunch report from Hawaii or Tahiti on the way.
Happy New Year!