D Bar recently opened in San Diego, next door to the highly popular Snooze. Like Snooze, D Bar is originally from Denver.
D Bar Desserts was created by Keegan Gerhard (Food Network) and Lisa Bailey. The location is quite spacious, and divided into three sections: drink bar, dining area, and dessert bar. One of the interesting aspects is that if you sit at the dessert bar, you can watch the chefs as they create the desserts.
While there, we saw Chef Keegan Gerhard himself overseeing the desserts. We actually chose to sit at a table and miss out on the action because we were there with some friends and wanted a proper table to chat.
I was surprised that there wasn’t any desserts on display or ones that people could buy to-go. There was a very small selection of French macarons at the entrance, but that was about it. Instead, the desserts are on a menu and made to order for a sit-down experience. We actually had been hoping to just browse and pick up some stuff.
FH and his buddy found the shape of these lights amusing:
pineapple v 2.0 honey cake, sauteed pineapple, macadamia tuile, cilantro, passionfruit fro yo
This reminded me of a deconstructed pineapple cake. It wasn’t too sweet, and I liked the passionfruit frozen yogurt.
d = mc² milk mousse ∙ praline crunch∙ salted caramel ∙ peanut nib crumble
In contrast to my dessert, FH’s choice was very rich. I really enjoyed the chocolate mousse though. The rest was a little too sweet.
pie-curious chef’s choice of three handmade pies, vanilla ice cream
Our friends shared this dessert, which had various fruit filled pie fillings.
I had mixed feelings about this place. Most of the desserts were priced between $8-10. We enjoyed them all and I liked the cute names, being able to watch the chefs work, and the creative take on some classics.
However, I do wish that the dessert bar offered more. I wish there were more desserts on the menu and I wish there were more on display and available to buy on-the-go.
3930 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103