C Level Lounge

 

Address:

880 Harbor Island Dr

San Diego, California 92101

Tel: (619) 298-6802

 

February 15, 2012 – dinner

A restropective review…

Written by: Second Stomach

We came here for dinner after reading Lonely Planet’s recommendation on the Lobster BLT. C-Level seemed to be in a bit of an isolated location but it was not too far away from downtown San Diego and seemed to be very close to the airport.

Walking in, the ground level is actually another restaurant called Island Prime – a supposedly more upscale fare also owned by the same person as C Level . C Level is more casual and doesn’t take any reservations. We arrived a little later in the evening and fortunately didn’t have to wait too long. I suspect that if we had arrived around 6 or 7 pm that it would not be uncommon to wait a while for a table – this place looked very popular.

We were led upstairs to our table – we were given the option of sitting inside or outside. The weather this night was super stormy and rainy and not really pleasant at all. Despite that I wanted to try sitting outside on the covered patio because you could see the water. I think the view would be absolutely amazing here if you came during the day for lunch or snacks.

Thankfully our table was situated under some heavy duty heat lamps.

 

Tonight’s dinner consisted of:

Lobster & Fontina BLT Sandwich

Lobster Truffle Mac ‘n Cheese

White wine sampler (3 wines)

Pineapple upside down cake

 

Lobster & Fontina BLT Sandwich

 

- This was basically a grilled sourdough sandwich with shredded lobster meat inside. Beside it was a little portion of lobster bisque for dipping the sandwich. To my surprise, the lobster meat was not warm at all. I think I was expecting something similar to the lobster roll – with warm chunks of lobster. The lobster bisque was very smooth but served lukewarm. Personally I think I would have preferred all the fillings in this sandwich to be served hot and the bisque to be hotter. I would have also liked more bisque for dipping – it didn’t take long to go through it. The sandwich was also blackened a bit too much at certain parts as you can see in the photo.

- I think I was a little underwhelmed by this – maybe because I was expecting so much after reading Lonely Planet. At $18 for this sandwich, I thought this was pricey.

Taste: 3.5/5

Presentation: 4/5

Value: 3/5

 

Lobster Truffle Mac ‘n Cheese

- In my opinion, this was the better dish of the two.

- The mac ‘n cheese didn’t necessary look “big”, but once I bit into it I could tell this was going to be a filling meal. I really liked how the pasta was served piping hot. I am sure I was totally attracted to the steam coming from this dish as I was getting a little cold sitting outside and I was amazed it still remained hot after 10 minutes of eating it. Every bite was also very cheesy and there were big chunks of lobster. Unfortunately I couldn’t really taste the truffle flavor.

- Served with a nice light side salad with walnuts and a vinaigrette, this was a nice pairing to the very cheesy main.

- I think it also helped that our white wine flight went very well with this dish. This dish actually made me relatively full! At $20, I thought this was a better value than the lobster BLT.

- After having this dish, I’m inspired to make something like this at home. Anyone have a good, easy recipe?

 

Taste: 4.5/5

Presentation: 4/5

Value: 3.5/5

 

Pineapple upside down cake

- I was pretty full at the end of the meal but got “coaxed” into having dessert. The dessert selections here looked very enticing and we had a hard time choosing one but finally settled on this one because we thought this one might be easier to take home if we had leftovers. This dessert was $10 and our waitress warned us that each dessert selection was large enough for sharing.

- This cake was served with rum-caramel sun dried cherry sauce and topped with cardamom ice cream. The cake was very moist and the sauce was a little gooey and the cardamom ice cream was not overpowering at all. It was a great combination – I sopped up all the cake with the sauce and ice cream with every bite.

- We had no problem finishing this dessert. I don’t know why I even thought there would be leftovers in the first place.

Taste: 4/5

Presentation: 4.5/5

Value: 3.5/5

 

Overall, this is probably a nice place to visit during the day or on a clear night because you’d get an absolutely beautiful view. I noticed they have a social hour menu monday to friday from 3:30 pm- 5:30 pm and you can get some good specials on appy’s and drinks.

 The good…

- Beautiful view and atmosphere

- Solid food selections

 

The bad…
- No reservations accepted

- A bit pricey for a “casual” fare restaurant

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