Ideal is not necessarily 100% perfection, in my books. Ideal is that the chef tries to bring his best ideas to the diners, and succeeds far more often than he fails.
Pine tables, exposed brick, fairly noisy.
"Canned tuna"--a mason jar with tuna, olive oil, cherry tomato, some potato, seasoning on a spoon on the side and baguette crisps--mix it up and eat it; very successful;
halibut lettuce wrap--fairly ho-hum; and
"spaghetti and meatballs"--really tagliatelle with a minced duck meatball, crunchy outside, duck jus inside that comes out when you cut the meatball open, all covered with cream of parmigiano. This app is to DIE for!! we ordered and devoured a second one.
Gnocchi with pea puree, peas, pea shoots. Each part of this was fine but they did not work together.
Duck breast with creamed cabbage, with millefeuille cracker with vegetables on it. Phenomenal.
Slow cooked trout. Perfectly done, awesome!
Vanilla custard, covered with thin layer of white chocolate then delicious tart rhubarb jelly and pieces--died and went to heaven.
Lemon meringue cup--nicely done!
Gorgonzola cheesecake with pear spheres...ech, this one needs a re-do.
So not everything worked, but everything that did work was spectacular. As well, they ran out of cornbread (or any bread) by 19:30--who runs out of bread at the beginning of dinnertime?
The bill: $180 for 3 people to eat 5 apps, 3 mains, 3 desserts, and corgage. Cheap! One of the most delicious and creative meals I've had all year.