As San Diego Restaurant Week commenced, I had my work ahead of me… Of the dozens of quality restaurants, which should I visit? There are participants to suit every color of cuisine & new hot-spots to see, but it became clear after a little menu reviewing that a local favorite would be my first stop. The Crab Catcher at La Jolla cove has a long, respected history in the community & once you’ve eaten there, it’s understandable why – the freshest seafood, a classic & appealing CA menu, and one of the best views on the coast.
A great view & glass of wine, what better way to begin the evening?
We opted to indulge in the restaurant week, three course menu & what a menu indeed! For starters we chose the Tomato Basil Lobster Bisque, served with a roasted garlic crostini. This was a delectable & creamy soup, and the crostini was the perfect adornment! I am hooked.
Next we transitioned to the main course, and there was no doubt that I would be ordering the Blue Crab Stuffed Half Main Lobster, with red thumb fingerling potatoes & a warm tarragon corn salsa. Jackpot! Not much one can do to dress-up a wonderful lobster tail, but Crab Catcher managed to do just that, with a superb crab stuffing. The seafood with the warm corn salsa made a really nice pairing. We decided to also add on a couple of fresh, Golden King Crab Legs… good decision, because crab & melted butter have been on my to-do list for awhile…
The third course is the charm, and we chose to sample the Trio of Sorbets & the Paradise Pie. The sorbets were incredibly flavorful, combining the tropical balance of mango, passion fruit and creamy coconut. Though, I have to say my favorite was the Paradise Pie, which gets a cool reputation from a base of a rich ice cream, with a crushed chocolate cookie crust, all drizzled with warmed chocolate sauce, caramel, whipped cream, and toasted macadamia nuts. I might as well have been in Maui. It was a very pleasing end, to a very perfect meal. It’s not often I can say I have a fresh lobster dinner, but I am entirely thankful restaurant week reminded me to go enjoy one finally!