So when I heard last year that foie gras sales were going to be banned in California in July of 2012, I made a mental note to at least try it before I lost my chance. Fast forward months and months later, a Bloomspot deal caught my eye, for $60 worth of dinner at Cavaillon for $30. I'd been to this restaurant once before and loooved it, and I knew they had foie gras on their menu, so I figured I'd go back and see what all the hoopla was about.
The restaurant is located in an upscale residential neighborhood of Santaluz, right next to a hair salon and orthodontist's office, so if you're looking for a French restaurant with a great ambiance, this isn't really it. It's also a really tight squeeze inside, so parties of two can expect to overhear their neighbors' conversations pretty easily. If you have a small party, I suggest sitting outside for a little more room. The chefs have also changed, to mixed reviews, but since I'm not a regular, I couldn't say if it has gotten worse or better.
Like any fancy French restaurant, they served us an amuse-bouche of some sorta cheese crostini with truffle shavings *insert Homer gurgle here* and some greens. Definitely the right way to start a meal.
And they had some truffle infused butter to go with their complimentary bread, which was also awesome.
But let's get to the important stuff: the foie gras!
Foie gras is fatty duck or geese liver. Sounds appetizing, right? Now I don't have a sophisticated palate, this is a girl who enjoys Hot Dog on a Stick and costco hot dogs fries, so I'm going to be perfectly honest. I don't get what the big deal is. It was good and creamy and not at all heavy like I thought it was going to be, but I think I told myself I liked it more because of the $22 price tag. The quail egg and bacon were a nice touch, but I still wasn't wowed by it.
The bf and I also got the wild mushroom velute soup ($9), which was pretty damn good. If you like mushrooms, you'll like the soup. Pretty simple.
For the main course, we decided to keep with the mushroom theme and split the truffle gnocchi ($24). This was a rich and filling dish, and while we didn't know that part of the dish was going to be some more of that mushroom soup, we happily ate it. This dish was my favorite of the night. Truffle anything+ pasta makes me a happy girl, so I liked this dish the most.
If you haven't got your fair share of foie gras yet CA residents, you better do it now because there's just a few more days before it's gone... If you want to celebrate its departure with a bang, Cavaillon's got an entire tasting menu devoted to foie gras for $79.
14701 Via Bettona, Ste 200
San Diego, CA 92127
San Diego, CA 92127