Cheese Garden, the Village at Pacific HIghlands Ranch, San Diego
It's called Cheese Garden, but it is more like a dessert garden. I stopped in for a soft-serve ice cream in a fish-shaped cone. I had the matcha swirled with milk. I love this style of ice cream, because it is very smooth, soft and not overly sweet. I especially like matcha, because the grassy matcha is a good balance with milk. The cone is crisp on the outside and very tender in the middle. It has the texture of a crisp pancake. It can come with a filling or topping. The options at Cheese Garden were nutella, sweet red bean and custard. I chose the custard. I always get my ice cream upside-down in a bowl with the cone on top, because the cone is often served warm. In addition to ice cream, they have boba.
Their specialty is Japan-style cheese cakes. This style tends to be lighter, creamier and less sweet than American-style cheese cakes. I haven't had the cheese cake yet. TBH, two weeks ago, I bought a matcha tiramisu. It was so great, I ate about half in the car before I got home and I forgot to take a picture.
Cheese Garden is an excellent addition to the Highlands Plaza. It is next to Bonchon Chicken, which doesn't have much of a selection of desserts. I'm thrilled Cheese Garden is nearby. I love the ice cream and the cheese cakes are the perfect thing to take home or to a party for a treat.