Ch1ve is a fashionable, but fortifying restaurant in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter.
I wasn’t too big a fan of what happened outside CH1VE. [Think unavoidable $15 valet fee], but once we were within the Gaslamp restaurant’s chic confines, it was all good.
Unusual pottery occupied the rare nook where décor wasn’t shimmery silver or stark white.
Each table receives a dish of warm, sea salt-crusted edamame. CH1VE isn’t especially Asian, but I wasn’t complaining. This dish was delicious.
Alaskan snow crab mac & cheese with panko crust and lemon truffle crème fraîche was my favorite “Taste.” Improbably, the dish wasn’t even heavy, but it was some of the best mac & cheese I’ve eaten.
Ch1ve plated their double-cut pork chop with savory white cheddar and pancetta bread pudding, spinach, and cranberry jus. Yes, this entrée tasted as good as it looks.
Duck two ways was even better, served with confit duck, spaghetti squash and pearl onions on a plate painted with vanilla sage cinnamon gastrique. Sliced duck breast with savory black pepper spaetzle helped power an incredible dish, and a veritable bargain at $23.
They layered rice pudding with faux Cocoa Krispies for texture and topped with crème brûlée, with more faux-co Krispies, cinnamon and powdered sugar dusting the plate.
Molten chocolate cake with vanilla gelato and raspberry coulis was an even better dessert.