Stopped by without a reservation and was seated at the bar.
To start, great service. Friendly, relaxed and not pretentious.
The menu is innovative and I wish I were twice my size because I would like to have tried more than we did. There were so many great looking items that we decided to graze, and skip the "Bigger" meals (their menu description). Started with fresh oysters with fingerlime, cilantro and tabasco. This was an exceptional dish and since I had not had fingerlimes before, I was awed by the combination. Great start to what was to come.
Went on to the quail lettuce delight which is basically a spin on the now ubiquitous chicken lettuce wrap. In this case, it is one small piece of lettuce in a cup with a very generous amount of quali, lup cheong (Chinese sausage) and mushrooms with some water chestnut for crunch. Outstanding dish.
Went on to lamb cutlet with harissa and yogurt which was grilled to perfection and had our mouths watering. Just enough harissa to let you know it was there, not so much that you sweated.
Next up were the tempura bugs. When I say nothing special, what I mean is that this is basically a tempura fried bug and nothing special in terms of no secret sauces, etc. But what is special is how perfectly it was fried and how tender the bugs were. The shell is separated and fried by itself. The bartender recommended we try the battered and fried shell and I'm glad that he did. It was crunchy (naturally) and very tasty. Nice new experience.
The only dish that I can say was "just ok" was the "That's Amore" mozzarella with zucchni fritters and mint and pea salad. It was good, I just don't know if it was $22 good.
The oysters were $3.80 each (we had 4), the quail lettuce cups were $9.80 each, the lamb cutlets were $8 each, the bugs were $18 each and the aforementioned mozzarella was $22 (for two). Not a cheap night out for grazing at the bar, but well worth it. I'm looking forward to my next trip there; there's a cured trout dish, a calamari dish with mango and cucumber, a blackened quail dish and several others that are on my list to try.
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