Forks and Stars @ Extraordinary Desserts (Union Street)
Category: Casual Dining
Price: $15 and over
Address: 1430 Union Street, San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: Mon-Thu: 8:30 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m.-12:00 a.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Happy Hour: Mon-Tues: all night at the bar
Wed-Fri: 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
I invited mom for Mother’s Day to the opening night of the Chicago Broadway Musical that’s currently playing in San Diego. I anticipated we would continue our mother-daughter night out at Extraordinary Desserts. We both love musicals and desserts and we were craving our favorite matcha green tea.
Extraordinary Dessert’s opened its doors in 1988 with a dessert and coffee menu and a 10 seat restaurant. It immediately became a local favorite thanks to the amazing chef Karen Krasne, who was named one of the top 10 pastry chef’s in USA by Forbes magazine. This second establishment opened in 2004. It’s a 7,000 square feet restaurant with a seating capacity for 175. Besides the change of size of the restaurant, the menu got an upgrade with a list of savory foods to choose from; as well as beer, wine, and champagne. The restaurant’s décor are the cakes and desserts welcoming you in.
The menu is quite ordinary but has variety. It offers bar snacks, bruschetta, grilled cheese sandwiches, panini, salads, dips and spreads and a selection of artisan cheeses. We started our night with a homemade brie torta bruschetta with ancho chile jam. It was good. The jam gave it the perfect touch of sweetness and spice. We also had the fungi misti bruschetta, an italian mushroom mix with extra virgin olive oil and herbs, it lacked seasoning.
The charcuterie platter is one of my favorite items on the menu. It’s a shareable platter for 2 , served with a 6 month aged salt and pepper salami, serrano ham, a few slices of dry salami with herbs de provence, pickles, caramelized onions and whole grain dijon mustard. It’s perfect with a glass of wine.
Our next plate was the cobb salad. It’s a big bowl of salad served for two. It’s not the ordinary cobb. This is my favorite salad on the menu because of its ingredients. It’s made with organic greens, organic turkey, serrano ham, slices of avocado, hearts of palm, artichoke hearts, artisanal blue cheese pieces, and vinaigrette. The dressing comes on the side but it’s never enough, if you’re lucky and get a good server you won’t run out of it.
If you’re a panini lover the goat cheese panini with portobello mushrooms, pesto genovese, and avocado in a Bread and Cie bread is highly recommendable. And the smoked mozzarella grilled cheese sandwich with a layer of yellow pepper pecan pesto is also worth trying.The downside to this dessert paradise is the service. It’s not the best. Actually it’s pretty bad. On this particular occasion we waited 20 min. to get our bill. Tip: On Sunday’s the service can’t go wrong because it’s a self-serve European breakfast from 11a.m.-2p.m.At this restaurant you can’t skip dessert. It would be like going to a steakhouse and not ordering steak.Whole cakes, cupcakes, cookies, scones, pies, you name it; all presented with that special touch of rose petals and gold dust.
One of their most popular cakes is the Chocolate Macadamia Torte. It’s a chocolate cake with dark chocolate ganache and rum flavored custard covered in roasted macadamia nuts. And for all the chocolate lovers out there, the Viking is a chocolate cake with chocolate créme brulée. A chocolate fix that will last for days.
PROS: giftware, desserts for take out, cakes for special occasions, variety of teas, organic coffee creations, gluten free and vegan desserts.
CONS: bad service, long wait time for a table after 6 p.m.
Forks and Stars Rating:
Ratings are based on food and service with price taken into account in relation to quality.
5 Forks: Extraordinary
4 Forks: Excellent
3 Forks: Very Good
2 Forks: Good
1 Fork: Fair