We ran out of Gravity the other day and found ourselves being pulled towards Timpano Chophouse. Actually, we didn't run out of Gravity, we walked away from the CineBistro and crossed the street to enjoy some simply marvelous small plates at Timpano.
My bride and I started with a couple of glasses of a delightful 2011 Conundrum White Meritage from California. To accompany her Conundrum, the Belle of Ballast Point enjoyed The Wedge. This was one of the better wedgies we have ever tasted with crispy iceberg lettuce, crumbled bleu cheese, grape tomatoes, maple Cajun bacon and chives adorned with a house-made blue cheese.
We shared an exceptional Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio with arugula salad, whole grain mustard sauce, Parmesan crostini, and a sunny side up egg. This was so impressive as the yolk oozed its goodness over the tender beef.
One of the highlights of any visit to Timpano is the spectacular Black Skillet-Roasted Mussels tossed with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt served in a piping hot cast iron skillet. My bride, who normally eschews any shell fish, simply swooned over these delicacies accompanied by a tasty, toasty bread for sopping that heavenly broth.
We both savored one of the best Tuna Poke dishes ever - sushi grade ahi tuna in a ponzu soy marinade served with wonton crisps.
The plat de résistance was a new dish that Michael, our charming server, suggested we must try. It's a new addition that Timpano is planning to add to their menu - Black Skillet-Roasted Clams. The preparation and presentation was the same as the mussels, but with clams, and it was, in my opinion, as good if not better than the mussels. Oh, I do hope that dish is added to the menu.
The bill for all of this fabulous food and wine came to $115.56. We added 20% for Michael.The Oracle does not trade glowing reviews for free food. We pay full listed price.
The Oracle does not make a habit of reviewing and re-reviewing restaurants ad nauseam, but our last review of Timpano was over three years ago. This visit made a re-review necessary.
All photos were taken by the Belle of Ballast Point on her I-Phone.