Wednesday, September 3, 2008

3rd Corner

Before we begin, I would like to thank Charlie for introducing me to this fabulous wine bar. Isles of wine, affordable food, and comfortable seating make 3rd Corner a perfect hangout for wine fans. Don't feel singled out if wine isn't your thing. It's worth it to come here just for the $10-20 entrees and charcuterie/cheeses.



Appetizer:

Charcuterie plate
selection of cured dried meats and sausages
.

Very good starter to share with one or two other people. I think 3rd Corner charges a buck per loaf of bread though, so keep that in mind, carb lovers. The cold cuts were pretty good and my favorite is the spicy one on the far left (next to pickles).


Wine:
(1 of 2. Missing the 2nd)

Yummers. A 'lil spicy and fruity.


Entrees:

Mussels
steamed in white wine, garlic, parsley, and butter.

Mussels at 3rd Corner are not as epic as the ones I had at Mimosa (they are on the average/small side), but are still delicious nonetheless. 3rd Corner makes up for it by serving you a TON of them, though. You'll get bored eating a plate of these, so I recommend sharing. Also, the broth at the bottom should not be wasted! Soak that up with some bread.


Pan Seared Scallops
tomatoes, garlic, nicoise olives, capers, green beans & roasted potatoes in a white wine lemon sauce.

This entree was a real winner. My friend Ricko totally cleaned the plate and scrubbed up the sauce with bread. I'd do the same if I ordered it. Sorry guys, but I don't remember what this tastes like. I'm going to get my own plate on the next visit. You go on and try it too. We'll compare notes.


Grilled Pork Tenderloin
mustard sauce, mashed potatoes, and vegetables.

I was a little hesitant about ordering this entree, but went ahead and got it anyway. I figured "Hey, if they can make a plain entree taste great then they can do everything else well too?" Turns out I made a pretty good prediction. The slices of tenderloin don't look it, but they are super tender and well seasoned. The mustard sauce was more mayonnaise than mustard, which was a big disappointment. Yah I scraped it right off. I make a better sauce at home.


Dessert:

Chocolate Marquis + paired wine

Not a very memorable desesrt. Essentially a slab of dark choco-cake. The next item is much more exciting.



Goat Cheese Napoleon

Hot damn the goat cheese napoleon was good. This is pretty much two layers of almond brittle with goat cheese and a drizzle of honey sandwiched in-between the layers. Strawberries and raspberries offer your toungue a short breather from all that goaty cheese. (Is "goaty" a word?)


Creme Brulee

I've had creme brulee from a lot of restaurants, but most places make it way too sweet for my taste. 3rd Corner does creme brulee right.






3rd Corner Wine Shop & Bistro
2265 Bacon St.
San Diego, CA 92107
619.223-2700

897 S. Coast Highway, Ste. F-104
Encinatas, CA 92024
760.942-2104

3 comments:

Charlie Fu said...

This place truly is the bomb diggity

Mary Anne said...

MmMmMMmmmmm creme brule. My favorite. I've devoted my life to search for the most perfect creme brule and I have yet to find it. Btw, this place looks really good. =D

Sharon said...

YUM. Everything looks amazing, particularly the mussels.