We arrived at Aubergine worn down and world-weary. We left refreshed and energized, inspired by a team dedicated to forging a world-class operation. Chef Cogley, Sommelier Nadalin and the entire crew provided a fun, interesting experience that renewed our faith in fine dining and invigorated our souls. While a prix fixe is available, we chose the tasting menu, which tempts the appetite via a list of ingredients, and the kitchen team happily worked around an allergy and a restriction. Each course was a delight, featuring fresh local ingredients and inventive. No gimmicky presentation here, no extraneous ingredients or flourishes, but instead fascinating interplay of texture and flavor. The wine pairings were excellent as well, featuring local pours as appropriate but sampling from across the world. The space itself is subtly lit and intimate, but each table has plenty of space and you're not dining with your neighbors. That said, while we generally are private people, the atmosphere was such that we shared a few quiet laughs with other diners and it wasn't the least bit intrusive. It was that kind of atmosphere. Overall, this was one of the most interesting and enjoyable dining experiences we have had in a long time.
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