When choosing a restaurant for a special occasion, it should come as no surprise that I look at the dessert menu first, which is the main reason I chose BO-beau to celebrate my 1-year wedding anniversary with my husband. The dessert that sold me on the restaurant was the chocolate souffle ($8) — something I’ve never actually ordered at a restaurant before. It also didn’t hurt that there were plenty of tasty entrees to choose from, including duck confit fettuccini, bowls of mussels, and a French bistro classic — steak frites.
Though the souffle wasn’t as high as I was hoping for, it was light and fluffy, with deep cocoa flavors. The top had a thin, crunchy crust which yielded to a warm center that was soft, and a bit spongy. The garnish of macerated strawberries with a chiffonade of fresh basil were a delicious compliment to the souffle. Splitting the dessert with my husband was an exercise in restraint. It was a good thing I was in a particularly romantic mood that night, because the dessert was so good, I wanted every last morsel for myself.
If you’re looking for a destination for San Diego Restaurant Week, I highly endorse BO-beau, even though their legendary brussel sprouts aren’t on the prix fixe menu. Start with the pomme frites with romesco aioli, choose an entree, and end with the chocolate souffle. Just don’t make any plans for right after, because all you’re going to want to do is go home and take a long nap.
4996 West Point Loma Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92107-1311