The Wrench and Rodent (gotta love the name) was our destination last night for a graduation dinner. My husband, myself and our son made up our party. This was our first visit to the restaurant. The W and R shares a space (sort of) with Bull Taco. I say 'sort of' because the door between the spaces is open, but when we were there the taco shop was closed. The decor was very interesting and eclectic. Now for the important part – the food. We couldn't decide what to order, lots of choices. Then we heard the specials which made it even harder (chocolate clams, fresh sea urchin, fresh toro etc.) Our waitress, someone who obviously really understood and knew about the food, suggested we set a 'per head cost' and let the chef be creative. We decided to splurge as it was a graduation dinner and suggested $30/person. The plates started to arrive, and kept coming, and coming. For many of the dishes the only word that could come out of my mouth was 'Wow!' I am not often at a loss for words, especially when it comes to food, but this was so amazing that talking about it just wouldn't do. Being in reverent silence with an occasional 'Wow' was all I could manage. I don't remember everything we tried, but here are some of them: Copper River Salmon with a tiny dab of grapefruit sugar, amazing, toro fresh and also glazed, again amazing, chocolate clams, sea urchin, spicy squid, toro tartare with 'salmon skin chips', anchovy sushi with violet mustard, etc, etc. At the end the waitress wanted to bring us dessert, but we were so full! When she asked if she could bring a very small piece for us to share, we gave in. Am I glad we did. Goat cheese cheesecake with beet compote might sound weird, but it was a fantastic ending to the meal. There was a good hit of pepper in there somewhere and who knew beets could taste so great?!! This is now my favorite sushi place, and probably my favorite restaurantb in San Diego. I am so glad this chef has graced Oceanside with his presence. And in quiet reverence, I just have to say, 'Wow.'
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