2013/09/22. Family outing - 3 adults, no kids. First visit here for two of the three. Took a scenic drive up from Redding. Arrived without a reservation around 5:30. Was seated at one of the one or two remaining unreserved tables. Reservation recommended. Quiet and inviting environment. Unique cuisine. They take a risk with items that you wouldn't consider to have universal appeal, like a beet salad for instance, but half the fun is getting away from the mundane. Had the filet medallions with croquettes and the roasted chicken on a bed of lentils. Baked eggplant based appetizer. All were delicious. Bottle of very nice Rexx Hill Pinot Noir. Wanted also a glass of sweeter white for my elderly mother, but the only two options on the wine list were not available. Went with a Dow's Ruby Port dessert aperitif as a substitute. Both the bottle of Pinot and the glass of Port were within the realm of reason on pricing, considering the regular retail prices of both, and the markups most restaurants make on wines. Other comments: Attentive service, bordering on hovering at times. Probably wouldn't recommend for a family outing with younger kids. Didn't see mac and cheese on the menu :) If you are looking for a change of pace and a little adventure in dinning, you will enjoy this restaurant. Dinner for three plus wine and appetizer, with tip - $150. Between $$-$$$. Would definitely recommend to friends and family.
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