Food Adventure Collage.

carnitas snack shack. c-level. world famous. woodstocks. terra american bistro. buddies. corbins. casey's cupcakes. mandarin beijing. nazca grill. eiffel tower restaurant. gordan ramsay burgr. in-n-out. bankers hill bar and grill. los primos. bistro sixty. ruth's chris.


... to a place I like to call my very own. *waving hello*

I invite you to enjoy reading about the food adventures that I have with friends, family, and colleagues.

I adore food and I cannot just choose one particular food that is my fave.

Food is really is my favorite. Enjoy!

Monday, July 12, 2010

University Club Atop Symphony Towers - Downtown

[view from our table on the 34th floor of Symphony Towers]

When Dan sent us an electronic meeting proposal and an email stating he was inviting us to the University Club atop Symphony Towers... you do not know how excited we were. Just think, we are adults over the age of thirty who actually counted down the days to our visit. We felt like kids going to Disneyland for the first time.

Speaking of which, I would compare the University Club as the famous Club 33 at the Disneyland Resort. Both the University Club and Club 33 are very exclusive. In order to be a University Club member, it is invitation only by a current member. There are many membership levels and it is a part of a larger organization called 'ClubCorp', which gives you access to 250 clubs around the country. Cool, huh?

The University Club is located on the 34th floor of the Symphony Towers in downtown San Diego. It is considered the highest "dining" point in San Diego (Bertrand at Mr. A's is located on the 12th floor). The views are absolutely incredible and by far, the best scenic views of San Diego from a high rise building.

From the parking garage, we walked through a corridor, through a couple of hallways and up two elevators before we made it to the University Club. We were greeted at the front desk reception area and they confirmed our reservation before walking us to our table.

Our table faced where the Petco Park, the Coronado bridge, Silver Strand, and Imperial Beach were seen from a distance. We were very happy that the early morning clouds went away so that we were able to enjoy the scenic San Diego views. On to the food!

We started with a simple basket of crunchy bread with softened butter. The bread was fresh tasting and warm.

As a starter, Benny ordered the "soup of the day", tomato bisque, which came with a teeny tiny side of fresh rock shrimp salsa with corn, red peppers and cilantro. I didn't have a taste of his soup, but he said it was delicious.

For his entree, Benny ordered the California Turkey Club, which consisted of grilled sourdough, shaved turkey breast, avocado, lettuce & tomato. He ordered the fruit as a side.

Jen told me to hurry up and take a picture of hers first because she was so hungry. LOL, had to laugh at that one because that is pretty much what everyone says when I am eating with them. That's what you get when you dine out with a food blogger!

She ordered the Ultimate BLT (grilled Texas toast, applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, and caramelized onions) with fresh fruit. I loved how they put juicy, red cherry tomatoes on top of each sandwich half.

Dan ordered one of the menu specials ... Chilean Sea Bass with Risotto (forgot what kind). It had a beautiful presentation. It was served with a grilled tomato, asparagus, and what looks like a warm saute of diced veggies & herbs.

Now... drum roll, please. Steak frites. It is probably one of my FAVORITE dishes out there - no matter where I go. You all know that I have multiple cravings for any types of food, but it is so darn difficult to turn down a plate of heavenly steak frites. Possibly my quest for next year?? Hmmm.

This lovely dish comes with a fire grilled, scrumptious N.Y. strip steak (cooked medium), parmesan pomme frites, simple mesclun salad with a light vinaigrette, and bearnaise sauce. My steak was cooked perfectly and rested beautifully. While still pink in the center, my steak absolutely melted in my mouth. I could still imagine the taste of the steak with the slight char from the grill. It was absolutely delicious and one of the best steak frites I have ever had. The frites were extra crispy and the parmesan cheese added more salty flavor. The salad was fresh and the vinaigrette was so tasty. I only had little dabs of the bearnaise sauce because I enjoy steak by itself, but it was creamy and good.

For dessert, we shared the Fallen Chocolate Cake with vanilla bean ice cream (we asked for an extra scoop), berry coulis, and fresh seasonal berries. Duh-licious!

[another angle of the dessert - fruit first]

After our lunch, we were treated to a special tour of the club by Ed, the Private Events Sales Director. He told us about the upcoming expansion of the club and took us to all the meeting spaces, conference and dining rooms throughout the club. The wing opposite to the entrance of the club used to be a law office and the club will be taking the space over. Ooh-wee, how it would have been amazing to work in that environment - every room has a view.

[wine room]

[Coronado room - a bit dark]

[smaller meeting space]

More breathtaking views from the "law office" space:

We were lucky to have experienced the University Club atop Symphony Towers and thanked Dan for the invitation. We are crossing my fingers that we will visit again!


kirbie said...

Wow, I didn't even know this place existed. How cool! I want to go now!

Janice D. said...

It really was a special treat - from the views and my dish! Maybe I can "finagle" my way to have a foodie Tweet up here - LOL! Wouldn't that be awesome? :)

Deanna Chew said...

Oh my gosh those steak frites look amazing! We've been meaning to try out University Club!

Janice D. said...

Oh, you don't know. I dream about those steak frites!


Can I come with you on your next visit? Hahah.. but really im so jealous! haha

Mary said...

Huh, I never knew about this place - love the views! It's nice living in such a pretty place. Those steak frites really did look super delicious! I'm going to add your link to my blog, too :) Thanks!

Janice D. said...

Malou: I know, I wish I can take everyone! We'll see... *thinking*

Mary: Thanks for stopping by! So many hidden gems within the city... I'm hoping that I can find more. BTW, we went to Eddie's today! It was really good! :)

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