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?
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!
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.
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!