Saturday, December 19, 2015
Rate-A-Restaurant #360: Blue Fire Grill (Carlsbad)
Restaurant: Blue Fire Grill
Location: 2100 Costa Del Mar Road (Carlsbad)
Type of restaurant: American
We stipulated: Waiting for our hotel room to be ready (it was 8 pm, yet not put together yet), we decided to eat dinner at the hotel's Blue Fire Grill.
They stipulated: "Our executive chef’s focus on ingredients harvested from the surrounding area means that every bite bursts with the cleanest flavors; diners literally taste the beauty of Carlsbad, California, and the surrounding areas. As the seasons change, so do the menus, which only entice guests to come back again and again to sample the in-season ingredients. Fresh coastal seafood and fine meats are perfectly paired with our wine list, or you can sample artisanal cocktails prepared in the lounge area."
What we ordered: Roasted Half Shelton Farms Chicken (braised fennel, shishito pepper broth, marble potatoes) ($26); Short Rib Bourguignon (bacon lardon, wild foraged mushroom, calcot onion, Yukon Gold potato gratin) ($34); Mac and cheese ($12)
High point: We could walk to our room, now ready, after dinner.
Low point: Where to begin. Quite an awful experience. The kids' meal's fruit cup was disappointment for kids -- no strawberry as promised, just melon; so we switched it to fries. Instead of substituting, they charged us more. Plus we were then charged for gourmet garlic fries when they were just plan side order of kids fries. Also, we ordered bread, it never came. Even the wine by the glass was expensive and unimpressive.
Overall impression: Blue Fire Grill is what gives hotel restaurants a bad name.
Will we return: No.