A meal is never just about the food. It’s also about the ambiance, the environment, the company you share the meal with, the presentation of the food, and even the service. Eating a 5 diamond meal in a lavish restaurant with less than stellar service could invariably put a negative spin on the whole experience. You can only watch so many episodes of Top Chef before you begin to set a new standard for food. That’s why it’s important that a restaurant think of every little detail when it comes to bringing customers not just a meal, but an experience.
I recently got together with my friend Jazz and her mom, Linda, who happened to be in town visiting. Our original plan was to hit up the beach at Torrey Pines and grab lunch, but the day was overcast and chilly, so instead we settled for walking around the shoppes in La Jolla.
Jazz wanted to take her mom to a restaurant that overlooked the water. After scouting a few restaurants, we finally settled on George’s at the Cove.
We ate lunch on their Ocean Terrance. This was our view. It really doesn’t get much better than this, does it?
Part of the San Diego lifestyle is that you can enjoy a meal outside year-round. I love the freedom in that.
After much contemplation, I finally decided to go with the Grilled Portobello Mushroom Panini with onion marmalade, spinach and blue cheese. I heart anything with blue cheese!
$11 for this and a great ocean view?!? I definitely got my money’s worth! I didn’t care too much for the arugula salad but the sandwich was great (especially after I picked the onions off ;))!
Linda ordered a Baby Green Salad and Jazz had The Cuban, a panini with roasted pork, ham and gruyere cheese.
So what does all this have to do with my schpeel about a meal being an experience? Well, to put it bluntly, our server sucked. Everything else about the restaurant was great—the view, reasonable prices, excellent food, beautiful ambiance! Then add bad service to the mix and it could truly have the potential to take away from the overall experience. Luckily we all had a good sense of humor about the situation and the bad service just became a ongoing joke.
Does this mean I won’t be going back? Not necessarily. I’m willing to give George’s another chance, but I think next time I’d like to come for dinner and eat downstairs in their California Modern dining experience. See? Even these guys got it right because they themselves even refer to it as an “experience”!
Anyway, I will leave you now with some random pix from our day in La Jolla. Enjoy!