OMG YOU GUYS.
This place was so good. So fucking good. Like, I can't stop thinking about how good it was. I am already plotting a return.
(And, I mean, sure... we DID come here right after sampling lots of strip mall sushi. That probably made a bit of a difference. However, I stand by my assertion that this place was SOOOOO GOOD.)
Now that that's out of the way, some background: we don't go out to eat downtown very often. I know there are some great places down there, but we prefer to stick with the Uptown neighborhoods that surround us, in order to minimize hassle. However, I read so many great things about Table No. 10 that we decided to suck up any potential hassle and give it a try.
The space is really nicely utilized, with several open levels and lots of natural light. Thoughtful bonus: they offer you a purse hook when you sit down! (Though I was wearing this voluminous bag and it dragged on the floor anyhow.)
Flux Capacitor Cocktail: Gin, Rosewater, Violet Liquor, Lemon, Honey, Maraschino, Lavender, Dry Ice, Served Bubbling In a Beaker for two
Yes, we mostly ordered this for the name and no, I do not have a picture of the beaker. I was too transfixed by watching it bubble to remember to take one (you can find one here though)! This was the one thing we had that we didn't love. I appreciate all the creativity that went into it, but it tasted like perfume. I think it was the rosewater that really pushed it over that edge.
Deviled Eggs: Daily Selection
Now THESE were incredible. They were standard deviled eggs, but with pork and chilies mixed it. The contrast of textures between the hard egg white, the whipped yolk concoction, and the snap of the chilies was divine. I want to fly around in zero gravity, eating these with no hands à la Homer Simpson.
Fried Chicken and "Macaroni" Special
Pictured is only half of this dish, as our waiter George (who recommended this dish and wasgenerally awesome) cut everything in half for ease of sharing. It was chicken cooked sous vide and then wrapped in its skin and fried. It was served with dumplings in a cheddar sauce. The chicken was so moist and tasty and the little dumplings were a perfect complement. I'm hoping they end up adding this to the menu permanently.
Doughnut Trio: Tres Leche, Chocolate Glazed with Crystallized Mint, Cinnamon Sugar with Salted Caramel and Caramelized Bacon
This was another suggestion made by our waiter, and it was a good one. I absolutely loved 2 out of 3 of these, and the third wasn't bad. In ascending order of greatness:
3.) Chocolate Glazed with Crystallized Mint: The mint felt like a bit of an afterthought. The doughnut had a nice consistency, but paled in comparison to...
2.) Cinnamon Sugar with Salted Caramel and Caramelized Bacon: The puffy little doughnuts were so yummy that they didn't even need the bacon. The were light and airy and flavored like heaven. But they too paled in comparison to...
1.) Tres Leche - El Dios de Donuts! This had a light custard filling and dazzled both of us. The room was silent but for the gross sounds of us chewing and sighing.
Verdict: yes yes OH GOD YES. Go here now.
Table No. 10
369 10th Ave. (@J Street)
San Diego, CA 92101