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“Not Cutting it”
Review of Sora Restaurant - CLOSED

Sora Restaurant
Price range: US$20 - US$50
Cuisines: Italian, Japanese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Home Style
Cross street: India St and W Broadway
Transit: American Plaza Trolley
Description: Sora now open in San Diego’s bayside financial district. The “Sky” is not the limit of dining in downtown San Diego. Sora, meaning “sky” in Japanese, features signature cuisine from Executive Chef Noriyoshi Teruya, formerly of Nobu’s Milan, New York City and San Diego locations. With more than 8,000 square feet of dining space, Sora features a Milano-Tokyo influenced menu, and outdoor lounge, and elongated charcuterie and cheese display and modern Japanese inspired artwork.Sora, the first Italian-Japanese influenced restaurant of San Diego, is located in downtown San Diego’s financial district at 655 W. Broadway between India and Kettner. Created by San Diego restaurant pioneer Alessandro Minutella with Nobu-trained Executive Chef Noriyoshi Teruya and restaurant operations executive Daniele V. Gilardi, Sora combines Italian traditions of ravioli, pastas and tomato-bases sauces to meet the distinct flavors of wasabi, sake, edamame and sea urchins.
Reviewed 7 March 2013 via mobile

Italian Japanese influenced cuisine? Pick one and make it exceptional.
The food was nothing to write home about and the service needs a kick in the pants. Atmosphere is nice.

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Thank RMGTravel
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

Since Sora openned --just a few months ago-- my partner and I have enjoyed dining there more than ten times. I had been waiting to write this review because I wanted to make sure our experience wasn't a fluke --and I'm glad it wasn't. The restaurant is no only beautifully oppointed --contemporary and edgy--, but they also offer --validated-- parking in the building. Their menu is a foody dream. The small portions (meatballs, wings, pork belly, etc) are to die for. And so are the large ones. He ossobuco, the lamb chops... Amazing. We've had almost every item on the menu and we keep going back for more. And their desserts are just out of this world.

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Thank dannyinoa
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Reviewed 10 February 2013 via mobile

We ate at Sora on a Saturday night. Excellent vibe and service. Loved the Tartare! The main courses were tasty and came out nice and hot. The Japanese New York was so tender and melted in my mouth. We will return!

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Thank umandr
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Reviewed 7 February 2013

This beautiful appointed, contemporary restaurant offers innovative and exquisitely prepared food. To a person, everyone in our business group thoroughly enjoyed the food, from the tapas to the main dish and the desserts, including fantastic, handmade Italian gelato - truly wonderful! For those staying at the Westin at 400 Broadway, it's just down the street. The Jidori chicken was absolutely delightful.

Thank ckenden
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Reviewed 31 January 2013

That's what they call it. I call it outstanding! LOVE the decor and ambiance ... edgy Asian. Great urban fee. "Sora" means sky.

Highly recommend "oma-ka-sei" -- what the chef selects! In Japan, that's a great compliment to the chef, in this case Executive Chef Noriyoshi Teruya, formerly of Nobu’s, who provided a delectable experience!

Drink: three shared beers to try something new. First, Allagash Curieux, aged in bourbon. My favorite. What a mellow and unusual taste. Second, Monk's Cafe Flemish sour ale. Also good but different and with a bite. Third, Hitachino White - mild and tasty but not unusual as the first two.

Food -- selected by the very skilled Noriyoshi: Salmon sushi and Roasted Duck sushi. Both outstanding and unusal; the hint of a very high grade olive oil gave the sushi rice an especially smooth taste. Tori-Teba -- marinated chicken wings, white soy, the presentation looked like rack of lamb. Superb! Octopus salad -- splendid! Then Doria -- Japanese risotto. Shrimp, scallops, parmesan. Incredible! And though we were getting full, an entree that we split: Shabu-Shabu Pancetta. Tomato sauce made from heirloom tomatoes, a pinch of salt and dash of olive oil. Broth made from kelp and pork. Mushrooms, greens, pancetta, sprouts -- heated in broth, mixed in tomato sauce. And, when done, the broth as soup with noodles. Amazing!

By now we WERE full. But chef brought dessert: Lemon Goat Cheese Cake. It was delicious but we struggled to get through it.

A very memorable evening; I'll go back soon!

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Thank JulieMeierWright
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