We came on a busy Saturday evening after a day of wonderful weather. There are two outside tables and the rest inside. The place was crowded, noisy, jumping and fun.
Our waitress explained that the menu items increased in size the further right you go on the menu which helped us to decide on butternut squash risotto balls $11, which came with the best pesto we have ever had - slightly spicy- and a tomato salsa followed by quack and cheese $16.50 - a macaroni cheese variant with a little shredded duck; the waitress recommended adding pancetta for an extra $3.50 which gave it a crunchy, crispy top.
Then came an excellent ostrich burger and fries $18 which was perfectly seasoned and required no ketchup or mustard. For dessert we had a delicious white chocolate bread pudding $8.
To go with the meal we had a three glass "flight" of Reislings, one from Santa Barbara, one from Austria and one from Germany which for $13 was both entertaining and good value.
We always share our dishes, something Carpe Diem encourages, to make the meal more fun. As with many restaurants in the area most diners seem to focus on their wine, with food as something of accompaniment.
If only there were restaurants in London like this, Redd and Celadon!
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