Each item was presented beautifully, and each had a surprise. The squash croquettes had molten centers. You had to eat the whole one, no way to cut these and keep the presentation. The beets were multicolored, again presented so artistically we hated to eat them, with little dots of very creative sauces. The potato cheese soup - what could be more pedestrian, right? - was prepared at our table, the soup being poured over a soupcon of this, a gratin of that. The bread basket was just nice bread, with spreads to amaze. A duck fat composition, a spread made from pistacios and dates, a kind of miso made from dates, their home-churned butter, and more. Our scallops were perfect. Our companion raved about her bacon wrapped cod.
And the desserts! Visually glorious confections, one in chocolate, the other a wonderfully creative twist on...rice krispie bars! With coconut and peanut butter.
Other reviewers here complained of the tiny portions. Well, yes. But the prices are tiny for such gourmet and artistic food. And, yes, the service is slow - but the servers are the chefs, and you learn about your food as you order, as you receive it, and after, when the chef comes to inquire if you enjoyed it. Everyone is extremely enthusiastic about their creations, and very friendly. Yes, the tiny two room corner store is very loud, sound bouncing off the tin ceilings. And there is that oddity that some of the food comes in threes. Luckily, there were three of us.
The best way to summarize: As we got into the car to leave, each of us said, simply, "WOW!"
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