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The Palette

The Art Institute of California, San Diego
7650 Mission Valley Rd. (Friars Rd.)
San Diego, CA 92108
Cuisine: American / Fusion / Hawaiian
This student-run dining room showcases a new cuisine each quarter and the talents of the aspiring chefs at The Art Institute of California.
Openings: Lunch & Dinner Wed.-Thurs.


The Palette Restaurant Review:

At The Palette, students helm the kitchen and the menu reflects their coursework, so you never know what to expect --- apart, that is, from innovative seasonal specials and some good food. Executive chef Michael Zonfrilli oversees the kitchen, dining room and students. We enjoy such starting efforts as a Masala-spiced tomato soup with seared paneer cheese; sweet corn risotto; and spinach salad with strawberries. For lunch, vegetarians will appreciate the chimichurri tofu torta with avocado tempura. It’s a delight to see what the aspiring chefs create --- like spicy fennel sausage with tagliatelle. And while sometimes dishes can be hit or miss, success triumphs failures. Desserts such as green tea mocha ice cream or a chocolate malted crème brûlée deliver a sweet finish. In the end, a meal here leaves us feeling as if we could be eating food from a future Thomas Keller, and the speculative risk involved is well worth the reasonable prices.

Chef Gabriel Kreuther

Congratulations to chef Gabriel Kreuther! He just earned GAYOT's highest rating. Read GAYOT's article.