Great food and casual atmosphere
by lilwineman on 1/30/13
Cocktails: Had a few different drinks and the GF stuck with just wine. Wine list is small but nicely chosen. If looking for variety, this wouldnt be my first choice on wine but the cocktails were stunning. Had the "Horse Whisperer" which was carrot infused vodka with Allspice Simple Syrup and Ginger Ale...amazing drink with just the right balance of carrot essence and baking spices (maybe a touch sweet on the sugar level but awesome). Next had a "Grape Ape" which was a twist on a classic Pisco Sour using Orange Juice and Muscadine infused Pisco (I think). Lastly, had a "Feather in my Cap" Which was a play on a gimlet it seemed with a touch of St Germain and Celery Bitters (The floral and vegetal went well together).
Charcuterie: Ordered the Chicken and Truffle Parfait and the "Face" Bacon. The parfait was a nice mousse consistency and deliciously rich with a nice aspic. The "Face" Bacon is actually the head cured and smoked and treated in a similar fashion to Bacon. Really melt in your mouth rich and fatty with a consistency close to pancetta. The board was adorned with Pickled Watermelon rind, pickled pineapple, bread and butter pickles, tri color peppers, and their own tube of Spicy Pear Mustard. ***The one thing I regret on this course was the server not notifying me of the nightly preperation of Foie Gras which was a "Foilly Pop" with cotton candy...pop rock crusted foie gras lolly pop with cotton candy...
Cold App: Did the Seared Ahi Tuna and Compressed Watermelon salad. Watermelon was marinated with Balsamic, salad was garnished with Micro Basil and Avocado Dippin Dots. The salad is a great thing but tonight the dippin dots were overly salty (small issue on an otherwise great dish)
Entrees: I ordered the Cohiba Smoked Scallops and the gf had the pork belly. The scallops were cooked to perfection but I could hardly notice any effect of a possible smoke essence being added to the protein. The presentation in the cigar box I found to be very interesting and a nice change of pace. The pork belly was perfect with a nice caramelized sear to the cap.
Dessert: Pumpkin Schmumpkin...Columbian Coffee cake topped with Spiced Pumpkin Ice Cream served with a Toasted Sesame and Pumpkin Seed twill, peanut butter and burnt hay Panna Cotta, and a drizle of caramel and I think burnt streusel. This was the perfect play on a fall dessert. The Panna Cotta was amazing and the essence of burnt hay was very apparent but in no way offensive to the palate. The twill was probably my second favorite part of the dish, but the cake and ice cream were delicious as well.
Overall: This was a very fun dinner for a fairly affordable price ($150 pre tip). The server was a bit slow on bringing courses and drink service, but the food more than made up for this. The manager spoke to me each course and when the dippin dots were brought to his attention he immediately took it off of the bill even though I cleared the plate (may have tried them in the back and was thankful no more would be sent out of that batch). I was over dressed it seemed in my slacks and long sleeve button down as the place had an atmosphere that was more casual. Jeans and a nice shirt would be perfectly acceptable (maybe a sports coat on a chillier night). I would absolutely recommend this place to any true foodie out there, but if you are lacking a truly adventurous palate, it may throw you for a loop.