JSix San Diego Review - Six Reasons To Succumb To The ‘Chef's Mercy‎’ Menu

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

JSix, a neighborhood bar and restaurant, located in San Diego's kinetic, community-centric East Village, offers warm hospitality, culinary whimsy, craft cocktail ingenuity, a seasonally-driven menu committed to hormone-free, sustainable and organic "farm-to-fork" dishes, that create a gastronomic experience that leaves you wanting.

My personal favorite aspect of the offerings at JSix is its cryptic "Chef's Mercy" experience, an entirely customized and randomized five-course tasting menu allowing chefs to go "off road" and dish up whatever suits their fancy, with the goal of dazzling the awaiting palate, of course.

Unlike a typical "chef's choice" menu where actual menu items are tapped for selection, JSix's Chef's Mercy allows executive chef, Christian Graves, and his able brigade to prepare any dish they can conceive based on that day's, or moment's, available ingredients and inspirations. The result is an enigmatic epicurean adventure well worth the price of admission—certainly the $65 cost-per-head or $85 with wine pairing.

If you're a culinary control freak who needs a little more convincing, here are six reasons to succumb to the JSix Chef's Mercy menu:

1.    Dishes are a manifestation of what the chef feels is the best use of, and result from, that day's ingredients.

JSix prides itself on utilizing organic ingredients that support local farmers and the local economy, so the printed menu changes seasonally and the Chef's Mercy menu, well, in real time based on what's in the refrigerator, the pantry and the heart when the order presents. Chef Graves also strives to utilize as much of the ingredient as possible, whether it's an animal protein or produce, which also can affect the dishes making it into a Chef's Mercy course. I had the pleasure of interviewing Chef Graves recently and he emphasized his lighthearted approach no matter which menu direction a patron decides to go: "To have fun while you cook, which translates into the dish. To keeps things fresh, playful and unfussy. The ingredients speak for themselves, staying true to their flavors."

2.    The Chef can express his culinary prowess with more creativity and flair than the more "mass appeal" items inscribed on the menu.

Chef Graves boasts an impressive background with accolades that include being named San Diego's hottest chef by Eater and winning the Silver Fork Award from San Diego Home and Garden. While regular menus are typically strategized to best ensure dishes will resonate with the masses, Chef's Mercy allows the kitchen crew to stretch their culinary legs and take imaginative risks they may not have the opportunity to otherwise. As well, in addition to creating incredible flavor and textural profiles on-the-fly, JSix dishes are always a visual delight with impeccable plating duly showcasing the high level of culinary skill and technique.   

3.    Allows patrons to savor a more complex cross-section of flavors available at the eatery.

JSix's seasonal fare is "as eclectic as the East Village neighborhood." Chef Graves creates each of his dishes in response to what is available locally at the given time, including ingredients indigenous to California's coast. As the Chef's Mercy courses unfold, in total the experience delivers a diversity and range beyond what a typical dinner would entail. 

4.    Gives adventurous, non-finicky eaters the chance to participate in informal "field testing."

Since the menu at JSix is ever-evolving with Chef Graves continually considering menu items to add up ahead, the Chef's Mercy menu allows patrons to actually help shape the culinary direction of the eatery—something hardened foodies will especially appreciate. Not only is the Chef's Mercy menu a brave, fun, exciting and mysterious culinary adventure for the guests, it's also an adventure for Chef Graves and his team as well. While the dishes are based entirely on Chef's whim and what is available, as well as what has stimulated him in that day or moment, the intrepid guests' reactions to the fare could actually shape future iterations of the regular menu.                       

5.    Through expertly strategized pairings, patrons can experience a wide cross section of domestic and international wine varietals by the glass.

The wine pairings for each course are impeccable and often showcase international and domestic varietals from boutique wineries that you may not otherwise know about—or consider pairing with a certain kind of food. Being introduced to these wines with low commitment by the glass, oenophiles can readily expand their repertoire and their own wine pairing prowess. Of course, in addition to copious wine varietals, JSix has an impressive artisan craft cocktail menu spearheaded by head bartender, Chris Burkett, who balances a classic approach and timeless techniques with ingredient-focused concoctions.

6.     It is distinctive dining at its finest.

The JSix Chef's Menu proffers a dining concept not readily replicated elsewhere and, of course, the dishes themselves are entirely unique—perhaps never to be seen again. That's what makes the Chef's Mercy menu an experience unlike any other: the dishes and pairings you taste have probably never been tasted before, and may never be tasted again.

So many factors contribute to the creation of these meals, it's like capturing culinary lighting in a bottle. The possible combinations and endless variety make every Chef's Mercy menu a gastronomic marvel.

So there you have it. Six rock solid reasons that will hopefully inspire you to head to JSix for a Chef's Mercy exploit all your own. Amid the excitement and mystique of impulse-induced fare, rest assured you'll be served scratch-cooked American cuisine that's curated with care.

 

"The Luxe List" Executive Editor Merilee Kern scours the luxury marketplace for exemplary travel experiences, extraordinary events, and notable products and services. Submissions can be seen  at www.LuxeListReviews.com. Follow her on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/LuxeListEditor and Facebook here: www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList.

***Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above were provided at no cost to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.***

Republished by permission of and provided to Haute-Lifestyle.com by author.

Haute Tease

  • Me and Earl and The Dying Girl Review – An Outstanding Teen Drama Worth Seeing

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Me and Earl and The Dying Girl, from FOX Searchlight Pictures and Indian Paintbrush, presents a teen angst drama that provides an emotional roller coaster in triplicate as two friends become a trio over senior year fighting the known, unknown and unimaginable twists of fate.

     
  • di Rosa Center For Contemporary Art Reschedules Major Exhibition In Wake Of Wildfires; Opens For Select Programs November

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Due to fire and smoke damage from the recent Northern California wildfires, di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art, 5200 Sonoma Hwy, Napa, has rescheduled the opening of its next exhibition, Be Not Still: Living in Uncertain Times, for January 27, 2018.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama’s Failed Foreign Policy; Election 2016; UN Elections; WH R&B Music Party; Bill Cosby

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama's significant presidency is nearly one for the history books and as we inch closer to the election of a new leader the most glaring failure in Obama's many successes is Middle Eastern foreign policy.

     
  • Health, Wellness: How the Zika Outbreak Could Affect Abortion Laws in 2016

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    What started as a seemingly harmless public health issue in Brazil has now put Latin American countries, and even the United State on high alert. The Zika virus, a mosquito-borne illness, has far reaching epidemic potential with no cure in sight.  

  • Five Travel Tips to Calm Pre-Flight Fears

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    In the 1998 film French Kiss Meg Ryan plays a women with a severe fear of flying. She tried to overcome her fear through a simulator class only to panic and kick the door down in an effort to escape.The fear of flying is very real and not as comical as it played out.

     
  • Panama City and Florida Panhandle Brace for Michael

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Hurricane Michael, which strengthened over the last six hours into a Category Four storm, with sustained winds of 130mph to 156mph, is quickly bearing down on the Florida Panhandle with landfall expected by Wednesday morning.

     
  • Celebrity Attorney Mark Geragos Joins National Family Law Trial Institute Faculty, Offering Advanced Cross-Examination Expertise

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The National Family Law Trial Institute in Houston, Texas, today announced celebrity attorney Mark Geragos, will join its faculty in May 2016.  Geragos will teach Advanced Cross-Examination (May 21 - 22, and again onMay 23 - 24, 2016).  

  • Beltway Insider: President Pushes Gun Reform; Legal Weed Sales High; 21st State Allows Med Marijuana; Cannabis Op-ed

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama, during the last week of the holiday season, has continued his aggressive action toward curbing gun violence by implementing additional executive orders in tandem with the 23 signed one year ago.

     
  • Photographer Henry Diltz Gets Onboard the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Mentoring Mission

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Yoko Ono has announced the return to New York City of The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus (Lennon Bus) presented by Other World Computing (OWC), the premier non-profit 501(c)(3) state-of-the-art mobile production facility.

     
  • Father’s Day Gift Guide - Fantastic Gifts For Every Dad

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    As Father’s Day approaches there is serious contemplation on what to get “Dad” that will not only surprise him, but will genuinely delight and excite him. This holiday, demonstrate your present-giving prowess with these fantastic Father’s Day gift ideas.  

  • Grand Jury Refuses to Indict NYPD Cop for Garner Death

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A New York grand jury has refused to indict the white police officer who, in July, caused the death Eric Garner, a black Staten Island man who was put into an illegal choke-hold and wrestled to the ground.

     
  • Celebrity Real Estate News: Robert De Niro’s Sprawling West Village Duplex Penthouse Reduced

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Brentmore, New York’s West Village gem, has been home to celebrities for over a half century with the first being Oscar winning actress Celeste Holm. It remains the choice for legends of film, stage, screen and music including Billy Joel, Sting, Annie Leibovitz and Robert De Niro.

     
  • Celebrity Interview: Tom Volf Talks on the Making of Maria by Callas, the Process, and the Surprise Acceptance

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Tom Volf the first time director behind the international sensation Maria by Callas, the documentary from Sony Pictures Classic of the immortal Opera singer, recently sat for an interview as his film completes an unbelievable year of global premieres.

     
  • Tom Ridge, former Homeland Security Secretary, Headlines Espionage Expert Panel

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The National Spy Museum in Washington, D.C.,  during the 2010 SALT film junket, hosted a panel of espionage experts featuring Director of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, former U.S. Intelligence officer and Middle East Counterterrorism Expert, Melissa Mahle, Kirk Whitworth, Director of Communications and Analysis under the Bush Administration and Operative and former KGB General Oleg Kalugin.

     
  • THE MUPPETS: A Madcap Globetrotting Adventure

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    THE MUPPETS, a WALT DISNEY PICTURES film, reunites Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo The Great, and the original bad boy rocker, Animal, after a twelve year absence, in a madcap, wild globetrotting adventure.